Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge, and Michel’le – A Movie Review

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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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Kickin It Old Skool

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Sep 072007
 

Kickin It Old SkoolA young breakdancer hits his head during a talent show and slips into a coma for twenty years. Waking up in 2006, he looks to revive his and his team’s career with the help of his girlfriend and his parents.

Director:
Harvey Glazer

Genre:
Comedy, Nostalgia

Cast:
Jamie Kennedy, Maria Menounos, Miguel A. Núñez Jr., Michael Rosenbaum, Christopher McDonald, Debra Jo Rupp, Bobby Lee, Aris Alvarado, Alan Ruck, Jesse Brown, Stuart Stone

Lay and I watched this on DVD last weekend.  Knightrider, Garbage Pail Kids, Plastic Smurfs, Flashdance, Rubiks Cube, Different Strokes and the list goes on……….Its the 80’s. This film pays homage to all the good and not so good memories of the 80’s.

The film itself had me laughing at all these memories that were had long forgotten. The mini cameo from David Hasselhoff would not have been as good if it were not for his T-shirt “Dont Hassle the Hoff”……Priceless.

Please do not expect much from this movie, just remember the nostalgia of the 80’s and we all used to dress like that, yes even you did if you are in your late 20’s/30’s. The cast just played along with the script as best they could as it has little in substance.  It relies totally on the humour. The Dance off finale has some funny moments but don’t let me spoil it for you. Its certainly not the best comedy around but watch it and enjoy yourself for 90 minutes.

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