An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

Executive producers Jay-Z, Dream Hampton, and Wyatt Cenac present Terence Nance's explosively creative debut feature, AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY. With arresting insight, vulnerability, and a delightful sense of humor, the film documents the relationship between Terence (Nance) and a lovely young woman (Namik Minter) as it teeters on the divide between platonic and romantic. Utilizing a tapestry of live action and multiple styles of animation, the film blurs the line between narrative, documentary, and experimental film as it explores the fantasies, emotions, and memories that race through Terence's mind as he examines and re-examines a singular moment in time.

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  • Danielle

    Just went and left in like 30 minutes. It wasn't that great to me. My date fell asleep (twice), if that gives you any indication. :-/

    July 2, 2013

    • Danielle

      Matter of fact Viola Davis said that her biggest regret from acting in The Help, was that there was little narrative to really show what the characters moods, thoughts, ideas were. She would've even sufficed for not speaking on film but allowing the characters "mind speak".

      July 4, 2013

    • Dunori V. P.

      I think that is where the animation came into play; maybe Terence knew/thought he didn't have sufficient acting skills so he had the cartoons do it on his behalf.

      July 5, 2013

  • Dunori V. P.

    "I think I love you?"
    Ironically this phrase repeated throughout the film may be exactly what I would say to the dvd of it if it could hear me. Reason being - I could relate to just about every part of it including having a wood bed I had to put together myself (c/o Ikea) and having the music of Flying Lotus help set the mood when I have a young lady over. I used to love blow-pops too. And I think I kinda resemble Terence a little bit also. The only thing I didn't dig that much about it was the "eject" messed up the flow for me a little bit, but still points for originality and it didn't really take away from accomplishing part of the main goal of the film which for me was exposing the fact that us [heterosexual] males have an intricate sensitive side when it comes to dealing with females on a certain level.

    3 · July 3, 2013

    • Kee

      I thought that the "eject" was a clever spin on turning the page and end of chapter. Yes, I can see the character's big hair and creative sensitivity in you. So, when we can expect a DVP film...(waiting...waitin­g)

      July 4, 2013

    • Dunori V. P.

      Had a small part in this http://www.youtube.co...­ most recently.

      July 5, 2013

  • David

    It's too bad that the best part of the film was the interview Terence did with his love interest. Further, the most enjoyable moment for me was discussing the movie with meetup members after it was over outside the theater on the steps (okay the bourbon and ginger ale the staff made for me was enjoyable also). At first I thought it may be a boorish guy thing but most of the ladies I talked to didn't care for the movie either. The film did have a few laughs and good moments but not enough to save it (the "big hair babies" comment was funny though). Having said that, I can't wait for the next movie.

    2 · July 4, 2013

  • David

    I purposely waited 24 hours to let the movie sink in before I commented. I pretty much agree with Shannon's take that the movie was severely disjointed. I didn't leave early like Danielle, but 20 minutes in I thought about it. The movie did have some good messages about how men don't open up and freely express our feelings but it annoyed me that it was mostly narration and not actors and actresses verbally interacting. The director did show he has some talent as characters went from regular film to cartoon to what looked like claymation. However, the director put more effort into the artistry than the actual coherency of the story.

    1 · July 4, 2013

  • Dunori V. P.

    1 other observation I had about the movie was I think that anyone who may have had expectations of what it would be like upon seeing that Jay-Z is an executive producer of it might be disappointed. Hypothetically, that may be part of the reason why so many people seemed interested in it verses other films we have seen, Jay-Z's influence, but I can't recall him ever having done something like this before... and I'm doubtful that he will... But Kanye West has (see Runaway or We Were Once a Fairytale) and for Jay-Z to sign Kanye, he obviously has an eye and/or appreciation for eclectic/abstract art despite not really doing much himself.

    1 · July 3, 2013

  • Kee

    I appreciated the layers of complexity in the cinematography along with the art direction of the movie. The character/director paints a picture of his introspective nature, which is a daunting task for young males surrounded by readily accessible "beauty" of females. Toward the end, he is avidly trying to understand love. It's a love story of artistic proportions. It's interesting to explain a situation based on art or a profession using tools and media one knows best.

    5 · July 3, 2013

    • Shannon

      I think he had an interesting story to tell... But his artsy-ness mucked it all up. whatever he is trying to understand, the film definitely communicates his confusion. Thanks for falling thru!

      July 3, 2013

  • Dunori V. P.

    The friendly staff at West End Cinema will be reserving the back 4 rows on the left side of the theater for us (Thanks Josh!).

    1 · July 2, 2013

  • Jaconda W.

    Hi, I just joined the group. I would love to join you tomorrow, but I think the work thing is going to get in the way. I'll try to catch it on Friday.

    July 1, 2013

  • Danielle

    Trailer: oversimplification.mvmt.com

    1 · July 1, 2013

  • Dunori V. P.

    Does anyone want to go for eats after the film? If so I may need a count to give the restaurant in advance if it is alot of us. We went to Das last time coming from this theater which was pretty good but if anyone has other suggestions please speak up.

    July 1, 2013

    • Josh L.

      FYI we have a relationship with Ris, a terrific restaurant one block from the cinema, where on Tuesdays Ris offers a burger and Malbec special for $17 and we offer film tickets for $8, making dinner, movie and wine for a total of $25!

      1 · July 1, 2013

  • Candace

    Hi. I'm new here. I saw this movie in Brooklyn last year and it was so unique and subtle. I can't wait to see again!

    1 · July 1, 2013

  • Stephanie

    I could not wait (I went today)....I can't wait to hear your commentary...enjoy!!! :-)

    June 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    don't want to throw a wrench in this -- but terence nance will be at west end for a screening of the film this friday at 7:20pm.

    June 26, 2013

    • Shannon

      I'm hosting a smaller group on Friday 7:20 with the Alexandria Movie Group meetup. better give the attendees a heads up. Good looking out!

      June 27, 2013

    • Dunori V. P.

      Thanks for getting me hip to the film by the way Shannon; tried to tell you on your page but you got it locked down. Hope you all enjoy it tonight.

      June 28, 2013

  • J

    out of town = sorry

    June 26, 2013

  • Josh L.

    Hi, I apologize, sometimes out online ticketing at West End Cinema is a pain. If you go to our home page, www.westendcinema.com, and click on the "Tickets & Showtimes" button in the left-hand column, you will be taken to a list showing all of our films and all of the showtimes that are available for sale. Scroll down to OVERSIMPLIFICATION (third film from the top) and click on the specific time/date (in the case of this Meetup, Tuesday 7/2 at 7:20 pm) and you should be able to select the number of tickets you'd like to buy, etc. and go from there.
    Sorry for the pain!
    Josh

    1 · June 25, 2013

    • Josh L.

      I meant 7/2 at 7:00 pm! Sorry!

      June 25, 2013

    • Dunori V. P.

      Thanks a bunch Josh; looking foward to seeing you there.

      June 25, 2013

  • Tijhuana

    It's showing ticket dates for 6/28 n 29 everytime I select the 7/2 show date....?? Any solutions?

    June 25, 2013

    • Dunori V. P.

      Try calling the theater to purchase by phone[masked]

      June 25, 2013

  • Kelli

    Ugh am I the idiot that can't see the "purchase tickets" button on the West End site?

    June 25, 2013

    • Dunori V. P.

      It should say Tickets & Showtimes on the left side of the screen.

      June 25, 2013

  • Kim

    I'm Kim....native Washingtonian...expanding my horizons beyond all borders!

    1 · June 25, 2013

  • N. Renae D.

    ***Happy Dance**** I bought my ticket. I have waited soooo long to see this. Super-excited!

    2 · June 25, 2013

  • Michele S.

    I have been supporting this film since it launched its Kickatarted campaign. I can't wait to see it in its entirety!

    1 · June 25, 2013

  • Maya R.

    Just to double check before I buy my ticket, we're doing the 7:20pm show, yes?

    June 25, 2013

    • Dunori V. P.

      Yes; I put 7 so we can get good seats.

      June 25, 2013

  • Greg

    How exactly do we get the tickets to this event?

    June 25, 2013

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