Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Single Black Female|
Actors: Farrah Franklin, Sam Sarpong, Kelle Cantwell
Director: Dale Stelly
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense, African American Cinema
Set in the sexy and affluent city of Beverly Hills, Karma s (Farrah Franklin) roommate ends up brutally murdered. Having to deal with the horrible murder of her roommate and the very high mortgage payments on her slick man... more »
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Painful to watch
Yvetterobins | Bronx, NY | 02/01/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I suggest anyone thinking of buying this movie to stop. This is the worst movie I have ever seen. Bad acting, bad writing, the music drives you crazy throughout the entire film. What were they thinking? Its unfortunate because I am a true believer of supporting black films, even if they go straight to dvd. This taught me a lesson. I don't recommend buying it. If you plan to rent it, be prepared to be completely bored."
Awful! Profiling is not acting.
Robin | 02/14/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Profiling: the extent to which a person attracts attention
Acting: to take action, to fulfill the function or serve the purpose, to perform a fictional role
Although the lead actress in SBF is attractive I couldn't connect with her character Karma's journey. the screenplay was very weak. the screenwriter(s) didn't know how to keep their interests out of the story and focus on the organic progression of Karma's story.
And the twist was predictable from both the cover art on the DVD and the pacing of the film itself. I was hoping that I was wrong but alas I wasn't.
The stripper club scene was totally unnecessary, it should have been cut from a dismal script. It didn't move the story forward and was weak if it was only justified by Sky's discussion with Karma therein. Question: if Sky didn't have to work why was she holding all that mad loot in the stripper's club like some pimptress? well at least the dudes watching this were probably satisfied.
This film has all the classic signs of poor execution that plagues a great deal of indie black films. primarily the superficial treatment of the characters. profiling has it's place in a nightclub especially when you're sizing up potential temp bed partners over watered down drinks under dim lights and loud music not on a 40 foot screen.
The screenwriters and directors don't allow you to invest emotionally with any of the characters. the scenes with the parade of potential but dismal room mates was far too long. This gag ran through out the film. The music used seemed heavy handed, not organic to the story.
Music videos can tell a compelling story but for the most part they are just vanity creations of the talent. you know, eye candy shots then there are a series of shots of the band and/or singer then back to eye candy shots. these can be entertaining but they aren't films.
films touch you. they provoke your emotions with lights and sound (or lack of sound)
All the techniques used in this extended music video seemed to jar the viewer away from the story.
Finally, the dialogue made me cringe it was so awkward. I could write better dialogue than this. Especially the interaction between Karma and her brother towards the end. The two actors didn't even act so much as they just mouthed those awkward words at each other.
Cursing truly is the sign of limited vocabulary and a poor film. All the males spout the f bombs at the drop of a hat. Then the females characters shout it out to get some potency empowerment. Help!
Black males actors can give a full range of human emotion without curse words as sign posts. Movie goers are not that ignoarant. I wish some black filmmakers would honor our intelligence as an audience especially if they want us to spend two or more hours of our attention on their creations.
Note bene: if these male characterizations were in other hands the taint of limiting stereotyping would be felt.
Clearly the director gave none of his talent direction beyond blocking. B/c I saw hesitancy, awkwardness in the actors actions; no connections between the various actors. I suspect many in this film come from the music world or are family friends of the filmmakers and not professional actors. hope they got paid upfront.
the filmmakers of this jumbled chaos should revisit the first twenty minute of a film like Wall*E. It was an ok film which was able to tell a decent story visually without any dialogue during much of the first half of the film. Another example is an older film Papillon. Once again no dialogue used just visuals that engage the viewer emotionally. Consider even Once Upon a Time In America another classic.
SBF is in company with the disappointing TV show by Joss Whedon, Dollhouse, interesting premise horrible execution."
SINGLE BLACK FEMALE
Khrish | Richmond, Virginia USA | 06/15/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I could have lived without ever seeing this movie. I didn't like it at all"
GOOD INTENTIONS WERE STILL NOT ENOUGH!
Ebony Hogan | Cleveland, OH | 07/03/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I GOT DRAWN IN BY THE TITLE, PLUS THE CURIOSITY OF SEEING FARRAH, THE HOT SECOND MEMBER OF DESTINY'S CHILD ACT. ALL-IN-ALL, IT WAS A LOW BUDGET FILM, THE ENDING WAS THE BEST PART OF THE MOVIE AS THE REST WAS DRAWN OUT AND AT TIMES BORING. OH WELL, ANOTHER BAD PURCHASE!"