You know that Helen Mirren won the Oscar for her extraordinary performance as The Queen. Heck, Helen Mirren won just about every prize but the NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award for that 2006 performance.
Did that know that before she played Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Mirren was a hit woman? In Shadowboxer, the first film directed by Lee Daniels, she was right on target as a hired assassin.
. I loved that documentary. It's revealing, enlightening, infuriating and funny. What's the history of the board? Who are the board members that rate our films? Filmmakers such as Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don't Cry), Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream) and Matt Stone (South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut and puppets having sex in Team America: World Police) join actors and critics in venting their frustration with the board. It seems like it's easier for teen ticket buyers to see a naked woman getting stabbed in the breasts in a slasher film than it is to see a safe woman breast feed a baby because of our American movie ratings system. You'll be surprised at how the ratings board handles breasts and penises. The funny part of this documentary is the lesbian private investigators hired by Kirby Dick to track down the board members. That's a movie in itself.
Shadowboxer may not have been a critical hit for Lee Daniels but Precious certainly was. It brought him two Oscar nominations -- one as producer of a Best Picture of 2009 nominee and the other for Best Director. Following John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood), Daniels became the second African American to be an Academy Award nominee for Best Director.