When Precious, who is sixteen, learns to read and write at an Alternative School, she discovers a new world. A world where she can at last express herself in a way she never could before. A world where each girl can become beautiful, strong, independent. Just like Precious… —Cannes Film Festival
Lee Louis Daniels (born December 24, 1959) is an American actor, film producer, and director. He produced Monster’s Ball and directed the film Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire, which received six Academy Award nominations, including Best Director; the film won two of the awards.
Daniels was born on December 24, 1959, in Philadelphia and attended Radnor High School. After graduating, Daniels attended Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. He began his career in entertainment as a casting director and manager after a chance meeting with a Hollywood producer, working on such projects as Under the Cherry Moon and Purple Rain. He continued managing talent, including several Academy Award nominees and winners. The documentary My Big Break features Daniels early in his career when he was managing actor Wes Bentley who starred as Ricky Fitts in American Beauty. In the documentary a dynamic Daniels animatedly comments on Bentley’s reluctance to capitalize on his… read more
the dialogue this movie started makes it worth a watch, but four years later it's hard to like. i expected a certain kind of button-pushing hyperbole; i didn't expect the non-stop barrage of "welfare queen" stereotypes. on the other hand, i suspect a lot of young women probably found it cathartic, and i respect the degree to which this movie was NOT made for someone like me.
It's a stretch, and probably pointless, but maybe we can draw a few connections from the 25th Spirit Awards to the new issues of Cineaste
The fourth roundup of year-end and decade-end lists and awards was updated through Sunday morning (previously: 1, 2, 3). Now, a new week
This year's double-round of list-making - best of the year, best of the decade - is already well underway (see "Let the Wild Listings Start
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"As in Monster's Ball, which he produced, and his first feature, the equally odious Shadowboxer, [Lee] Daniels emphasizes only the worst
"Dear everyone with blase reactions to the NYFF lineup in the indieWIRE piece," C Mason Wells tweeted yesterday: "it must be hard leading
Precious tells the story of Clareece ‘Precious’ Jones, a teenager living in 1980s Harlem. Black, obese, living off welfare and repeatedly abused by her parents (sexually by her father, by… read review
Another average, urban-stigma-heavy feature. It was well executed, visually. However, my problems stemmed at the base of its story. You name it, this film has it. Teenage peer pressure, rape, physical… read review
Precious is as obvious and clear as the complexion of Mongol and her mother. When the ending credit rolled I kind of thanked God and cursed myself for the involvement of Tyler Perry. Thanking because… read review