Monday, December 29, 2008
I'm not even going to justify this review with a picture or video of the trailer. I heard from a few people how bad this movie was but I got it on Netflix and figured I'd give it a shot.
Holy Fuck A Cactus, was this movie horrible. I couldn't even believe how bad this movie was. Horrible. The plot was very lacking and you can tell this movie was thrown together just for any possible profit it could have made since it was done right at the beginning of the writer's strike. Just pull this script off the shelf. Californication had gone into hiatus and Duchovney needed work.
Christ in a corn field, this movie is not worth sitting through. I could barely sit through it. I'm trying my best to not list any spoilers for anyone still interested in seeing it.
1 star...and I'm being nice.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
This is going to be short.
I just picked up the new Common CD "Universal Mind Control". Even though it's a bit of a different direction from his previous work, it's still an amazing piece of work. A lot of the songs are more dancey club style songs but still with more style than most of the shit on the radio.
Go take a listen...the whole album is available on his MySpace.
I am going to begin this by saying I am biased. Biased in the sense that I am a huge blues fan and Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf are two of my all time favorite blues musicians. When I heard this movie was being made, I could barely contain myself. So of course I saw it opening weekend.
I'll start by saying that I'm not too impressed with Adrian Brody but he works well enough in this story. I was there for the two blues musicians I mentioned above. Now, even though Jeffrey Wright looks nothing like Muddy Waters, he brought a dedication to the role that soon had me forgetting that detail. It's like Pacino's accent in Scarface. He was dedicated to the accent even though it was not a correct dialect.
I am so happy Jeffrey Wright is working more. He was amazing in this role. All the actors sang their own renditions of the classics these musicians made famous. Mos Def was great as Chuck Berry. Even though I am quite sick of Beyonce, I have to see she too did a good enough job. I mean, don't get me wrong. She can sing of course. She has a bit of acting talent. But I couldn't help think that she just put on a wig and read the lines in a passionate way. Yeah, and she cussed alot in between expressing the daddy issues. I am wondering if she ever spoke with Etta James about the role before committing to it in her preparation. Either way, I can't avoid saying this, she be hot too. Both of them. Etta and her. Ok...moving on...
It was an enjoyable experience to watch the story of these artists unfold on the big screen. I don't think there will be any Academy Award nods for the actors' portrayals of these iconic characters but it's still worth the money...especially if you're a fan of the music like myself. It's also good to understand or learn how the music we listen to nowadays originated. Hell, I found it pretty damn cool they had a nod to Alan Lomax, Elvis Presley, and The Rolling Stones. Some people still don't know that Rock & Roll, R&B, and Hip Hop music all was derived from The Blues.
If I had em, it gets 4.
I've gotta say, this movie really touched me. I remember a number of years ago, catching the documentary about Harvey Milk on cable. It was such a moving story. When I heard they were making a movie with Sean Penn starring as Milk, I knew it was something to check out.
Everyone should see this. Especially with how Prop 8 has ended up going. This movie takes place 30 something years ago, yet the subject matter is something that still signifies a struggle which exists today.
The cast is amazing. Gus Van Sant is a great director and he does good work here. Once again, Josh Brolin is in a movie I'm raving about. Seriously...go see the damn movie. Sean Penn will probably be nominated. He personified the role and seriously became Harvey Milk in his voice and mannerisms. The casting was perfect.
If I had stars, it'd be 4 1/2 out of 5.