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I remember you. Me sitting in the corner playing with some shitty little toy, watching you come over to work my mom. She’d beg you to leave. She cried and, oh, man, you’d just do anything, even offer to score for her, just so you could get what you wanted. But you never got it, did you? See, my mom, she hated them. But she hated you more. In the end, she’s a Cody. And I’m a Cody, too.

Annie

Academy Award® nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) stars as Annie, a young, happy foster kid who’s also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they’d be back for her someday, it’s been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). But everything’s about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) - advised by his brilliant VP, Grace (Rose Byrne) and his shrewd and scheming campaign advisor, Guy (Bobby Cannavale) - makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Stacks believes he’s her guardian angel, but Annie’s self-assured nature and bright, sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean it’s the other way around.

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“I was really trying to describe three very self absorbed men who were caught up in their own lives and just couldn’t see the bigger picture around them. I have no political agenda whatsoever with this film. The only reason I use [the 2008 presidential election] backdrop is because it seemed like the entire city was feeling particularly optimistic and thinking about the future in a positive way, so it was the best way to contrast these men who are not thinking that way, who are thinking about themselves and are caught up in negativity. I often say this and it’s become a cliché, but there’s a lot of movies about self absorbed white men and I just figured it’s about time to make a movie about self absorbed black men.”

– Neil Drumming on his film, Big Words

Stills from Big Words (2013, dir. Neil Drumming)

*** You can currently stream Big Words on Netfilx