May 232017
 

Straight Outta Compton Movie PosterIn 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how these cultural rebels-armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent-stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today.

Director: F. Gary Gray
Writers: Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff
Stars: O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr., Aldis Hodge, Marlon Yates Jr., R. Marcos Taylor, Carra Patterson, Alexandra Shipp, Paul Giamatti

Genres: Biography, Drama, History, Music; MPAA Rating: Rated R for language throughout, strong sexuality/nudity, violence, and drug use; Release Date: 14 August 2015; Run time: 2 hrs 27 min Continue reading »

May 222017
 

michelleCelebrated hip-hop recording artist Michel’le will speak up and speak out about the darker side of Compton hip-hop as she narrates the Lifetime Original Movie, “Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le,” based on her life story, premiering Saturday, October 15 at 8PM ET/PT. The first lady of Ruthless Records, who triumphed over a life riddled with abuse and adversity, is ready to share her story with the world.

Director: Janice Cook
Cast: Rhyon Nicole Brown, Curtis Hamilton, R. Marcos Taylor, Jamie Kennedy
Produced for Lifetime by Sony Pictures Television and Thinkfactory Media.
Aired on October 15, 2016 on the Lifetime Channel

I believe this might be the first made-for-TV movie I’ve reviewed. We had recorded this, and watched it Sunday morning. It was an interesting bio-pic about the hip-hop music scene, narrated by someone who’d lived it, Michel’Le. I’m not all that familiar with the artists involved, but Lay’s watched enough things, and I’ve seen enough in the news to feel that it had a sense of authenticity. It’s real. It’s raw, and at times, painful to watch. But this portrayal of NWA’s Dr. Dre and Suge Knight told by ex-girlfriend Michel’le is claimed to be the untold true story.

Set in Compton, Dr. Dre is on the hunt for a new act when he meets Michel’le, a pint-sized singer with a squeaky voice. Brought to them by Eazy E., Dr. Dre and his group aren’t sure that Michel’le has the look or the sound that they are looking for. But singing her first song is enough to get them interested. They sign Michel’le on to the label, but not before Dr. Dre takes a romantic interest in her. Soon, a tumultuous and rocky relationship emerges as Michel’le deals with the rising rapper’s thunderous temper and physical abuse. This is followed by similar relationship with Suge.

The actors all played their parts well, and brought out the tension in their lives, especially Rhyon Nicole Brown. I’d say this one was worth watching if you have any interest in that genre of music, and some of the main characters.

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Moonlight-A Movie Review

Three time periods – young adolescence, mid-teen and young adult – in the life of black-American Chiron is presented. When a child, Chiron lives with his single, crack addict mother Paula in a crime ridden neighborhood in Miami. Chiron is a shy, withdrawn child largely due to his small size and being neglected by his mother, who is more concerned about getting her fixes and satisfying her carnal needs than taking care of him. Because of these issues, Chiron is bullied, the slurs hurled at him which he doesn’t understand beyond knowing that they are meant to be hurtful.

War Dogs – A Movie Review

Two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military – a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not the least of which turns out to be the U.S. Government. Based on true events.