Can't Hate On Mr. Perry!


I have to admit, Tyler Perry is not one of my favorite directors. In fact, if you want to see my growl or give a side eye just bring him up in conversation in regards to cinema auteurs. I have a love/hate relationship with his films. On one side, I love his business genius, his hustle, the fact that he knows his market and churns out work like a robot. My hat goes off, and I nod in admiration/respect. However, when it comes to the screenwriting and the films...only a few do I mind watching for the 5th time on TBS.

With his latest film, Mr. Perry has put another notch under his belt. Nine films that he has directed have grossed $20 million in the opening weekend. So although he doesn't come up in my list of top 5 directors, and maybe any cinephile's list, he does need to be celebrated and respected more. The fact is, whoever is in your top 5, Mr. Perry is doing just as well as them...if not better when it comes to the bottom line. Check out Film Gordon's article on "The Tao of Tyler" for more information.


Kevin Sampson

The fact that Kevin Sampson is not just a film critic, but a writer, producer, and director as well makes his understanding of cinema even better. Coming from a theoretical and hands on approach, he understands both sides of the struggle of viewing and creating great works. After receiving an MFA in Film & Electronic Media from American University in Washington, D.C in 2011, Kevin took his love for film to the next level by creating and producing Picture Lock, an entertainment website, podcast, and hour long film review TV show that runs on Arlington Independent Media’s public access station in Arlington, VA. The show covers new releases, classic films, and interviews with local filmmakers in the DMV area. He is also a member of the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association and African American Film Critics Association. He is currently looking forward to filming his first feature film in the near future. He believes that film is one of the most powerful art forms in the world, and he hopes that he can use the craft to inspire others and make a difference in it.