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The Controversial 'Because I Love You' Coming On VOD, iTunes And DVD

by Sergio
February 4, 2013 12:47 PM
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Because I love you

Those of you who are regular S & A reader will remember this independent film I profiled last year, titled Because I Love You, written and directed by Joseph Elmore, which created quite a brouhaha.

You remember? That film about, "Cream, an exotic dancer and devoted mother of a beautiful, little girl named Cookie and who's in the midst of a custody battle with her ex-husband, who wants her to stop dancing or give up her daughter. On the very night that Cream has decided to quit dancing, the strip club is robbed by a group of wild animals and she is taken captive and moved to an unknown location where she is beaten and raped repeatedly. They plan to use her and then kill her before they move on to the next city and the next job. The only thing keeping her alive is the care of one of the kidnappers who refuses to let her die and forces her to remember that her daughter needs her."

Oh yeah, now you're saying to yourself... that film!

Of course, more than a few people were upset over the premise of the film, though it definitely had its defenders as well. And I even interviewed Elmore, who wanted to give his side of the story HERE.

But now comes word that Because I Love You is now available on video-on-demand through your local cable provider, as well as being on iTunes. And it's coming out on DVD on March 26th, through The Bosko Group and MVD Visual.

You know you want to see it.

Here's the new trailer for the film

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  • shantel | September 30, 2013 4:10 PMReply

    I so much loved this movie..found myself watching it over and over again.Ipersonally dont see much controversy about it..its just like in all the other movies..I also would like to complement each and every character coz they played their roles so well..bringing out the particular character that is being potrayed..Bt then again i just wish it had a better ending..

  • Adream Reese | April 18, 2013 11:38 AMReply

    It was a real love with trust between the two. I wish it didn't end the way that it did. I was hoping they could have been together and he change his life .

  • Perry | February 7, 2013 9:42 AMReply

    I rented the movie. Suprisingly, it had a strong story about the stripper and her kidnapper. It actually was touching. Shocker.... I know!

  • Is That You | April 17, 2013 4:42 AM


  • ASAP | February 6, 2013 5:36 PMReply

    Would somebody please explain what is so controversial about this movie??? Personally, I don't see the controversy. It looks like any other movie that's out there.

  • Khan | February 6, 2013 8:51 AMReply

    I love controversy especially when ShadowandAct posters protest against a film. It makes me curious as to what's so offensive about the content that bothers people. Of course this trailer looks pretty bad. They could have at least named the characters Strawberry and Champagne instead of Cookie & Cream. Strawberry & Champagne sounds a little less ratchet. lmao. Anyways, I have a few Itunes Gift Cards laying around so I might just check this out on Itunes. If anything at least I'll get to see some stripping if the movie isn't good. lol

  • CareyCarey | February 6, 2013 10:03 AM

    Khan, you're a person of my heart... I too love S&A's controversies. What would our world be like if if everyone agreed all the damn time. I'll tell you what, there's one thing I do know, there would be a whole lot of lying and kiss-assing going on.

    So in respect to "critics", the professional and armchair types, I move it around. I mean, I read those I respect and those I have followed over the years. I understand their code words and political associations, which gives me an insight to what they're not saying and at least a different perspective.

    So check this. Not that I agree with everything he says, but one of my sources is the ultimate contrarian, Armond White. Each year he has a "Better-Than" list. His words:

    "In 2012, politics became personal fantasy. Movies weren't just entertainment but were used to justify escapist (possibly even anti-social) points of view. Critics misread films to suit their politics, but they could do so because filmmakers were similarly biased. The years movies glorified power, just in time for our presidential election (as when Spielberg's Abe Lincoln replaced honesty with political chicanery)."

    Having said that, he went on to compare a few films, leading in with "If you don't know these movies it's only because our slanted media constabulary favors crap." He compared about 10 sets of movies. Here's a couple.

    Moonrise Kingdon > Beasts of a Southern Wild

    Wes Anderson's fable of childhood innocence lifted the curse of racist liberal condescension preferred by Benh Zeitlin's obnoxious, way-late Hurricane Katrina fantasy.

    The Skinny > Django Unchained

    "Patrik Ian-Polk's gay comedy expanded and enhanced black American life, while Quentin Tarantino treated blacks, whites and the history of slavery to comic violence."

    Well Khan, again... I love controversy and Armond brings it in 2 barrels full. And btw, since I've been reading S & A for quite some time, I've come to "understand" most of the visitor's and Staff contributor's politics, slants and mess. So it's all good.

  • Nadell | February 5, 2013 2:50 PMReply

    Cookie & Cream.
    I have a sudden hankering for Oreos!

  • keem | February 5, 2013 12:15 PMReply

    I don't see the problem, films like these are made all the time, it's entertainment. People need to get over the idea that these types of films reflect badly on black culture. Violence like that occurs in all cultures and film makers and tv shows don't have a problem with putting it out there.

  • ALM | February 4, 2013 8:45 PMReply

    What the.....after reading the synopsis, I don't even want to see the trailer. Why Lord Jesus? Why, just why?

  • Carl | February 5, 2013 12:21 PM


    We did look at the content. The reason to have a trailer is to SELL US on that content. The trailer is shit and it fails at that. Stop expecting a hand out. If they can't make a trailer worth a damn, why the hell should we give the movie the time of day? STFD

  • reel lady | February 5, 2013 8:37 AM

    How can you seriously have a comment about a visual medium if you don't at least view the content. The people on this site amazes me! Always pre-judging....

  • CareyCarey | February 4, 2013 5:00 PMReply

    Oh yeah, THAT film. Yep, I remember the brouhaha and the director's response.

    First, Mr. Joseph Elmore handled his business like a gentleman. He could have come up in here and showed his ass... and imo, he would have been justified in doing so. But no, he addressed all the comments with respect. I can't say the same for many of S&A's more vocal visitors.

    Like today, I looked at the trailer (not bad in my opinion) and I'm trying to figure out what others are seeing or missing? Is it the genre, subject matter, acting or naked strippers that has people up in arms?

    Honestly, I'm smelling the putrid odors of prejudice and negro snobbery.

    That's right, other than that, I seriously do not understand why some folks are poo-pooing this trailer.

  • Aye | April 17, 2013 4:55 AM

    If the movie isn't about what's in the trailer, THEN WHY THE FUCK DID YOU PUT THAT SHIT IN THE TRAILER, YOU DUMBASS? Shout out to CareyCarey for being payment, though...or did you mean "fair?" The stripping is entertaining? Not for at least half your audience it isn't. We don't need to discuss the responsibility of filmmakers with you cuz you're a TRASHMAN and ain't nobody here for your fuck shit! Don't recycle or even take your piece of trash to the dump, just BURN EVERY TRACE. FIRE FIRE!

  • The Director | April 17, 2013 3:38 AM

    First off CareyCarey thank you for being fare. Not for taking my side, because you didn't you are just being fare and as filmmakers that is all that we can ask for when it comes to criticism. As for MonkeySuit, I see what you are saying, it just doesn't make sense. You are basing your opinion on a trailer that the only real problem you seem to have is with the graphics and what you believe the story to be. Because I Love You is not about rape or stripping. It is about love. The kind of love that you would live for. Admittedly, the story is violent and the stripping is entertaining, but there is more to it than just stripping and rape which you need to see the movie to understand. When you do, i welcome a healthy debate over the responsibility of filmmakers in todays society or whatever else you would like to talk about.

  • CareyCarey | February 6, 2013 12:04 AM

    "These questions could be answered in the movie" ~ MONKEYSUIT

    There you go... now we're working with something. If I viewed the film, I wouldn't necessarily say I was "entertained" by the rape scene. Instead, I might accept it as a small part of the plot. And, as you said, since we have not seen the movie, there are many questions yet to be answered. So I question your opinion that this movie seems to be using rape carelessly. How did you come to that conclusion?

    And school me, how is this trailer "technically" bad? I mean that... I don't understand how this trailer is flawed.

  • monkeysuit | February 5, 2013 8:56 PM

    Alright, you got me there. I shouldn't say condone. How about entertained by? Which feeds into rape culture.

  • CareyCarey | February 5, 2013 8:01 PM

    Again Monkeysuit, there's is NO way you can support that opinion. You cannot tell me that this trailer only appeals to those who condone sexualized brutality. I am begging you to tell me the source of your information?

    Besides, using your "theory"/logic, those who view horror and slash films like Friday the 13th, A Nightmare On Elm Street and Saw, condone violence and gruesome murders. There's obviously something wrong with that.

  • monkeysuit | February 5, 2013 7:32 PM

    No, I'm saying images like these appeal to viewers who condone sexualized brutality. I'm not referring to a general audience, but the target audience this trailer is meant to engage.

  • CareyCarey | February 4, 2013 10:39 PM

    Ms. Monkey Suit, I can respect your comment because you qualified your "dislike" of the film.

    You said: "It seems when you have sexualized characters who are then in turn attacked in a sexual manner, without context, you're condoning that violence and appealing to an audience who not only condones it as well, but is also aroused by it."

    Well Ms. Suit, I don't agree with that. Viewing art and understanding certain subtexts within that art form is NOT "condoning" it, nor being aroused by it. You can't make/justify that claim. Think about it. A person may go through 500 (or more) emotions in one day, each being the result of an external stimuli. You're in essence saying that person condones that which they witness.

    Anyway, if you haven't already, I'd suggest that you hop over to Sergio's link ( interview of the director). Many of your concerns were addressed.

    Btw, although you didn't particularly like the trailer, Mr Elmore has come a long way since this film first dropped.

  • monkeysuit | February 4, 2013 8:47 PM

    Technically speaking, the trailer is pretty bad. Editing wise it's OK, but the story seems convoluted and distasteful. Let's not talk about the graphics.

    From a feminist standpoint, my issue has nothing to do with the strippers, but for one, the kidnap and rape plot line seems to be just for shock value without any political or social context. Like "Last House on the Left," where the brutalization is meant to arouse. It seems when you have sexualized characters who are then in turn attacked in a sexual manner, without context, you're condoning that violence and appealing to an audience who not only condones it as well, but is also aroused by it. That's dangerous. Creators should be very careful of how they input rape in a story. This movie seems to be using rape carelessly.

    And then the Stockholm Syndrome. Come on.

    And then the illogical nature of the plot in itself. Why would a custody battle be all that's at stake for this woman? Wouldn't surviving be more prudent? I'm sure a judge will forgive her for being absent during such a traumatic experience. And why are they going on a raping and pillaging tour? These questions could be answered in the movie, but my spidey senses tell me this is a shallow, not well thought out plot.

  • justine | February 4, 2013 4:25 PMReply

    You asked where does black cinema need the most help? Right here baby!

  • Nigs 4 Sale | February 4, 2013 4:10 PMReply

    Cookie and her mother Cream??? HEX NAW!!!!

  • Nommo | February 4, 2013 3:17 PMReply

    Seriously? For real? Okay, seriously?

  • Bee | February 4, 2013 3:56 PM

    After watching that terrible trailer, I concur with your comment.

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