Fruitvale Tragedy Hits Home

I’ve been hearing about Ryan Coogler‘s Fruitvale Station since last January’s Sundance Film festival, where it played through the roof. It did the same thing here tonight at the Cannes Film Festival, or more specifically at the Salle Debussy. It’s an awards-level steamroller, that’s for sure. Perhaps more on the level of critics group and Spirit Awards rather than Oscars due to limited box-office…but maybe not. Coogler, 26, has done himself proud, and cheers also to Michael B. Jordan for his vibrant and emotionally varied portrayal of the late Oscar Grant, who was aggressively if accidentally shot by a BART cop after a melee on New Year’s Eve. Cheers also to producers Forest Whitaker and Octavia Spencer.

Fruitvale Station director-writer Ryan Coogler, star Michael B. Jordan following 10:15 om screening, which ended with cheers and a standing ovation…all the love and warmth that the room had to offer & then some.

(l. to r.) Fruitvale costar Melanie Diaz, director-writer Ryan Coogler, star Michael B. Jordan, costars Octavia Spencer, Ahna O’ Reilly at Salle Debussy — Thursday, 5.26, 11:55 pm.

Spencer, Cooer and Jordan absorbing the cheers and applause.
  • Been a Michael B. Jordan fan for a while, good to see he’s in something with awards-caliber potential.

    Thanks for posting this vid. Never seen video from the immediate aftermath of a Cannes screening, never knew what the atmosphere was truly like.

  • Raising_Kaned

    Jeff’s latest item “Chinese Chatter” really puts the “discriminate” in “Discriminator.”

    • Ray Quick

      Bullshit, it’s the funniest and most SPOT THE FUCK ON thing he’s written in a while, I wish it was worthy of a full post. Clearly you’ve never worked at multiple subtitle companies with a full fucking Asian department, bunch of loud-ass Chinawoman motormouthing each other like Lady Jade all AAAAND THEEEEEN? It’s the most annoying cadence on the planet, and even Asians acknowledge this.

      • Mike Gilbert

        THE CHINESE WIZARD next door wants a Chinese girl with GREEN EYES!

        • Ray Quick

          YEP YEP YALL BITCH HEEEE HAWWWW READ UP MOTHERFUCKER, you fucking scholar of the fucking man.


        • Ray Quick

          Here, I’ll UP VOTE you a few times BITCH, PUT A FUCKING UP VOTE ON IT, because HOLLYWOOD ELSEWHERE is important.

          And you know, YOU FUCKING ASIDE, FUCKING SLAPDICK, the day ANYONE ON HERE is posting IRA PARKS or EDDIE MARS ATTACKS’s stupid alleged fucking real name (who gives a fuck) is the day they mewl off like a fucking pansy but really bitch, but really WHO FUCKING CARES? Been posting vids and pics of my FAT FUCKING BALD ASS FOR FOUR YEARS and you think it’s some GOTCHA that you’ve PSYCHICALLY DIVINED SOME BLOG COMMENTER’S ALLEGED REAL NAME? WHOOPTY-FUCKING-DOO?

        • Truliax

          Who is this asshole?

    • Ray Quick

      You’re on notice too, you fucking BITCH

      Sick of you tittering off to the side, you smug little fucking hillbilly

  • So every Fruitvale piece I read reveals the main character dies – is this some universally accepted spoiler, or does the film make it clear early on?

    • taikwan

      Since this is non-fiction and is in the past, why the heck would anyone feel like this is a spoiler??

      • So you’re familiar with every event that has ever happened? This isn’t exactly Titanic or Apollo 13 here.

        • It as national news. The name of the film is the name of the station where the event happened. This movie explores the life of Oscar Grant before we ever heard his name.

  • Would’ve loved to see Jordan’s reaction if Wells had mentioned that he hasn’t seen THE WIRE or FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS. Priceless.

  • Trimmer

    “Yesterday LexG went hogwild with one of his longing-for creature-comfort tirades and shat all over the trust and respect that I offered in unblocking him a week or two ago. He could climb to the top of the Las Vegas Eiffel Tower and jump off, pulling a detonator string three or four seconds later and blowing himself into several dozen pieces of flesh, guts and bone, and he couldn’t be more dead than he is right now. Mark my words, he’ll never appear on these pages ever again. May God strike me dead with a lightning bolt if I relent again.” – Jeffrey Wells, April 24, 2012

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