9. Mo'Nique Precious: Based on the Novel Push By Sapphire
If you havent seen Precious: Based on the Novel Push By Sapphire I implore you to seek out this awkwardly titled indie gem. Lets forget for a moment that Tyler Perry and Oprah tried to shove this movie down your throat and celebrate the film for what it is: a uniquely directed and powerful story of abuse and neglect set in the inner city.
Comedian MoNique was never known for her dramatic thespian work. Exhibit A: Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins; exhibit B: Phat Girlz; and exhibit C: Soul Plane. However, in Precious, she shocked the entire movie going world with her monstrous, yet humanistic, portrayal of an abusive mother. Theres a scene in which she tries to drop a television set on her own daughter for crying out loud. Its a despicable character but she gives the character an ounce of humanity which certainly helped her snag the Best Supporting Actress Oscar.
Chris Gallo, a Connecticut native, has been a movie fan ever since he made his mom rent Airplane! for him as a kid back when video stores still existed. He's been writing film reviews on his own blog (www.mybodymovies.com) since 2005; the same year he graduated from Marist College. He has also contributed film reviews to the movie site DarkHorizons.com. Besides watching movies (horror's his favorite) and adding to his Blu-ray collection, he enjoys running, eating spicy foods, predicting the Oscars, and coming up with creative Halloween costume ideas.