Thursday, 1 October 2015

#TBT - N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton

Movie Review: Straight To The Bank

There's only a hand full of rappers who warrant a movie based on their story, the likes of B.I.G. (let's forget the one attempted), Tupac, Run DMC, Wu-Tang Clan  to name a few. Other names you'd throw in that conversation, are Eazy E, Ice Cube, Dr.Dre, MC Ren and DJ Yella gave us the world's most dangerous group in the form of N.W.A.  Now if you're a fan of the raps that are coming out today, the lyrical content from '86 era may scare you into a Sunday church visit. Now this is a blockbuster movie make no mistake of it, just without the crazy action sequences but still delivers on all fronts. The movie smartly introduces us to each member of the group in scenarios that set them up for the rest of the movie. 
See this group were a product of their environment which is clearly evident in the movie. The process behind the iconic F The Police brings with it some scene stealing moments in the movie. Ice Cube's son getting the role of playing his dad could easily be a distraction but who better to play their father than someone who's witnessed it all? Judging by the performance he portrays of his dad, you can be excused for thinking Ice Cube is playing himself. Eazy-E is something like rap's unicorn, a mythical human being that many talk about but only few know of. This isn't a spoiler as it's well documented that Eazy died of HIV, but that and being a part of N.W.A is all I knew about E. After watching this movie I found myself understanding why people connected to him and loved his character. 

The main thing director F. Gary Grey had to do with this movie is make sure it's not labelled another hip hop movie catered to hip hop audience. Yes we've had a Biggie movie (which I hope one day will be re-visited and done properly) but this movie is bigger than just the hip hop going audience. The movie balances humour, betrayal, emotion, and of course the magic behind this group becoming legendary. The backdrop of this movie being in the 80s, and era when police brutality was just an everyday practice, really leaves a lump in your throat due to current affairs. This movie will be in many top ten movies of 2015 lists, as it's way bigger than the hip hop culture which birthed it. My only worry is with the ridiculous but well earned success of this movie, that Hollywood doesn't attempt to bring out a hip hop based movie every other month. Truth be told I don't need to see Young Thug movie!!!

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Trailer: Deadpool

Remember a movie based around Wolverine where a guy who was so mouthy at the beginning of that movie, had his mouth sown up at the end? Yeah it was a shit movie overall aswell but that was the biggest crime of that movie. However with us fans and the actor being passionate about this character we finally get a movie all based on him. The merk with the mouth is coming in 2016 MOTHER******* ain't no one or any word safe. 

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Trailer: Suicide Squad

Ladies & Gentleman, I present to you the crazy gang. Please don't stare for too long and would also advise to not make any jokes either. Welcome to the dark and twisted world of the Suicide Squad, where shit is so bad, they need to use a group of lunatics to help with the long arm of the law.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Rihanna - B Better Have My Money

We finally get a video for RiRi's latest smash, this was co directed by the Bajan sensation herself. This is a real good week for RiRi as she's just been crowned the best selling digital artist of all time. In this video RiRi's kidnapping the rich girl for ransom, to be fair this is the best treated hostage I've seen. I mean Ri there's a line as long as the wall of china of brothers wishing a Rihanna would kidnap us..... or me!!!

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Top Five: Fast & Furious Movies

So I've finally seen the latest instalment of the Fast & Furious franchise, and walking out of the cinema I automatically thought this movie was super fun. It then had me thinking about the franchise in a whole, and what the best movies have been out of all the seven movies. I've seen every F&F movie in the cinema bar The Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift (That movie was all kinds of ****). So I'm going to pick from the remaining six, and give my top five F&F movies, starting with no 5.

5.  Fast & Furious (2009)
Movie opens with Dom and crew hijacking tankers in Dominican Republic. Brian wasn't rolling with Dom, as he became and FBI agent, Letty got killed (that's what we thought) in this movie while working undercover. The crew go on a hunt for Letty's killer which leads to entering and invading Mexico. The movie ends with Dom getting sentenced to 25 years to life...... Obviously no jail is seeing Dom. If you're loving the direction of F&F franchise currently, then you have to point your finger at this movie and say thank you.  This started the resurgence of the franchise into a larger than life movie, and now a billion dollar machine.

4. Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
Dom and the gang reunite again and head to Europe, as they are needed by Hobbs to hunt down this deadly solider called Luke Shaw. Agreeing to help Hobbs as Dom's been told that 
someone from his past aka Letty is alive. Reporting live from London....... Fast & Furious gang took over the capital and made it a playground, bet Boris Johnson was having kittens watching the mayhem. Some dumb action scenes in this movie where further proof that this franchise was aware of it's strengths and what it contributes to the movie going experience. It also made it crystal clear these individuals brought together by common interests/friendships were officially family. 

3. Fast 7 (2015)
***I KNOW SOME PEOPLE WHO'VE YET TO SEE THIS MOVIE, UNLIKE THE MANY IDIOTS ON FACEBOOK I WON'T SPOIL IT** What I will say is this. We all know that Jason Statham is the bad guy in this movie, he's the older brother of Luke Shaw from Fast & Furious 6. But they're is a third act..... anyway this movie has set the bar so high with the action scenes, the chemistry within the family is at an all time high. And you will throughly enjoy this movie, this next bit is no spoiler. But I dare anyone to watch this movie and not walk out emotional. You're a cold hearted sommerbitch if you dont!

2. 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
Ah 2 Fast 2 Furious the follow up to 2001's surprise hit The Fast & Furious. No Vin Diesel as he was getting other movie offers. So Paul stepped up to the plate to spearhead the franchise, which was directed by John Singleton. Thankfully the director linked up again with my guy Tyrese, and never looked back. Brian's in Miami and is contacted by the sexy Eva Mendes to help with a case to bring down a drug lord. Brian agrees only if he can recruit his own partner in crime, and opts to go get his friend in jail Tyrese aka Roman Pierce. This one also saw the introduction of Ludacris's character. Despite this movie not having the blockbuster type action scenes which started in F&F4, this movie still delivered to be entertaining and fun. 

1. Fast Five (2011)

Last but by no means least, despite being the fifth one, my favourite F&F. Dom's broken out of jail by the gang and they all link up in Brazil. Problem is Dom and the gang have caught the eye of the number one guy the FBI uses to catch fugitives The Rock aka Agent Hobbs. Team decide to pull off one last job worth an estimated $100 million dollars by robbing the biggest drug lord in South America, but also have to worry about Agent Hobbs tracking them down in the process. This movie had it all the comedy factor was quick and on point, the action sequences were at peak levels and that fight between Agent Hobbs and Dom was just icing on the cake. Trust me when I say, you can never watch this movie too many times.

I know my number two pick may come as a shock to alot people, considering they've made better movies. But the fact is Tyrese aka Roman Pierce is my favourite Fast & Furious character (sorry Rocky). And the banter between him and Brian was worth it's weight in gold.

So that's my top 5 F&F movies so far, I say so far as F&F 8 has been announced for a 2017 release. Some people are mad that a new one is coming out due to the sad passing of franchise corner stone Paul Walker, I honestly understand your why you'd say that. But look at it from another angle, wouldn't it be a disrespect to his legacy that something he's invested so much time into just ended like it?