Archive for February, 2008

20/20Proof At The Movies: Be Kind Rewind

February 24, 2008

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You most likely already know the general plot of Be Kind Rewind. No? Ok, here it is real quick: Jack Black’s character gets magnetized, goes to the video store that his friend Mos Def works at and erases all the tapes. Oh shit, son! The two then scramble to record a version of these films to appease the customers. What starts as something done to cover their ass turns into a massive success. The process is dubbed “sweded” due to the fact they tell their customers the tapes are imported from Sweden.

What makes Be Kind Rewind work is its heart. The film depicts adults enjoying themselves and being creative in a childlike manner. It may not be Oscar caliber stuff, but it is extremely endearing. Gondry has spoken in the past about wanting raw emotion and  that he doesn’t believe in having 100 takes for one line. After viewing this film, I can say that he accomplished his goal.

Where Juno fails with its contrived dialogue and depiction of teenage characters who talk in a language that apparently only exists in Diablo Cody’s head, Be Kind Rewind does the exact opposite. A scene with Melonie Diaz and Mos Def as she displays her insecurity is simply perfect. Jack Black doesn’t ham it up too much, Mos Def plays a low key and kind guy, while Melonie Diaz steals the show as the glue that holds the group together.

Besides the heart, the movie also has some seriously funny moments. Try not laughing when Jack Black recreates the them to Ghostbusters, or Mos Def is asked to swede Driving Miss Daisy. I truly hope that the DVD release of this film has some 20 minute versions of these sweded films and goes overboard on the special features. If you go into this film understanding what you are going to get, you will walk away satisfied.

Coming soon: 20 Films I Want To Swede

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I.B. Bangin’: Y Society- This Advice

February 17, 2008

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The Y Society album is aight, but “This Advice” is just perfect.  It functions as a hip-hop time machine in the same way that “Nostalgia” did last year. When I was listening to “This Advice”, I got the same vibe that came when I first pumped NO I.D.’s Accept Your Own and Be Yourself album. This is the kinda shit you wish was on Common’s latest album.

When Pusha T…

February 17, 2008

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When Pusha T wants to get his exercise on, he does the perfect push up

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When Pusha T needs to tame his sweet tooth he grabs a

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When Pusha T needs some inspiration for those coke filled rhymes he watches

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When Pusha T wants to get his sci-fi on, he checks out his favorite X Files episode, “Pusher”

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Pavlik VS Taylor II: What Does It Mean?

February 16, 2008

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Pavlik VS Taylor II is a fight that will let boxing know if they actually have a face they can market. A non heavyweight face, at that. A white face, to boot. Coincidence? No, not really. Pavlik is a white, blue-collar guy from Youngstown, Ohio that will cement his place at the top of boxing with another victory over Taylor. Sure, this fight is not for a belt, which only makes me wonder how hungry Taylor truly is if he doesn’t want to take something tangible out of the ring with him. If I got my ass slumped in the corner like that you better believe I am taking my shit back next time.

While a loss for Taylor would be devastating, there is nothing really at stake for Pavlik in this fight. Even if he loses, people will still be hungry to watch him. However, with a win he can pass go, collect two hundred dollars and be the new white face of boxing. Boxing fans have been dying for it: a non-European white champ.

Race in boxing has recently become a very hot issue. This isn’t just some shit where white America is hating on Barry Bonds because he’s black but trusting every word that comes out of Roger Clemens’ mouth. Race has gone from the back of people’s minds to right out of the fighter’s mouths. When Bernard Hopkins recently told Calzaghe that he would “never a let a white boy” beat him, it wasn’t a shock that it flew under the radar. (Funny, since it used to be white fighters that said it right before they got knocked out. Will the same happen to BHop?) Don’t underestimate white America’s sensitivity, but also don’t underestimate their apathy towards events that don’t affect Americans. Had Hopkins made those same statements to an American white fighter with the same profile as Calzaghe, there would have been a huge backlash.

Anyway, race plays no part in my decision about who I believe will win the fight. I am going to go with Pavlik, as I feel he has the strength and conditioning to repeat what he did in the first match up. He will not pull any macho theatrics and leave his chin out for Taylor to smash. Taylor will appear sharp in the early rounds, but will become worn down as the fight goes on.

Winner- Pavlik by stoppage Round 9

It All Falls Down

February 12, 2008

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First it was just accusations and inflated domes. Now we have bloody needles, legacies in doubt, and mad snitchin’. Even poor Chuckie Knoblauch was on the run. Can this shit get any better? Now it turns out that Pettitte let those gums flap in front of Congress . Could it be true that Roger took steroids? Nooooooooooo! I never would have believed that.

VIA AP NEWS: WASHINGTON — Roger Clemens told Yankees teammate Andy Pettitte nearly 10 years ago that he used human growth hormone, Pettitte said in a sworn affidavit to Congress, the Associated Press learned Tuesday.

There may not be crying in baseball but there sure as hell is snitchin’. When Congress has that choke hold on you and the darkness starts to fall, you best believe you are gonna say what those dudes want to hear.

P: Clemens.

C: I didn’t hear you, Pettitte. What did you say?

P: I said…. Clemens.

C: YOU said Clemens did what?

P: I said Clemens told me he used HGH and asked me to shoot it in his ass.

C: Hahahahaa, repeat that last part.

P: I hate you Congress. Leave a man with his dignity.

Honestly, let us just chalk MLB up as a total loss and give up. The shit is done. Dead. No record can be taken seriously, the league is diluted, and there is no parity.

What hurts the most is that we can’t even get some honesty. These dudes don’t even respect our intelligence, which is why I can’t respect them or baseball. Be honest, yo. I know you took the shit, just say it. Let’s move on. Instead, everyone wants to act like they just swallow any tablet some average Joe shoves in front of them while rubbing mystery cream on their legs. Sure.

Tom Breihan Crams to Understand the Clipse

February 11, 2008

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Funniest moment of the month comes from Tom Breihan of the Village Voice

Every line on their new mixtape, (deep breath) We Got It 4 Cheap, Volume 3: The Spirit of Competition (We Just Think We Better), is a product of intense work. Lyrically, this thing is so dense it’s almost exhausting, and I’m going to need a while to fully process the whole thing; even on my sixth or so listen, half the stuff on the later tracks still sails over my head. But that magic face-squinch moment happens over and over again.

What the fuck is this shit? The Clipse is going over your head? How so? Oh, your status ain’t hood. Gotcha.

Titles thrown out before they settled on We Got It For Cheap:

We Got Brain Teasers For Cheap
Scales & Puzzles
Are You Confused Yet?
Cocaine Lyrics R Dense
Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
Da Mathlete Gang
We Got Dat Calculus
Rocket Science? We Got Rocket Science 4 Cheap
We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Calculators
We Hate Obsequious Journalists and Tree Huggin Ass Bitches

The mixtape is quality shit, I admit that. My own review will follow later. Lyrics are clever (I was able to understand them) , beats are tight. And I got through the whole thing with no weird faces!

How Many Public Enemy Records Does Kanye Own?

February 11, 2008

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“It feels good to be home here at the Grammys.”

Will someone Zednick this fool?

That motherfucker owns none! Nada! Zilch! Zero! You know his mama kept him away from that shit. First time he saw Chuck D was on CNN two years ago. Shit, Ye didn’t even know who Flava Flav was until he came across VH1 trying to find a promo spot with his face in it.

Anyway, I can’t take it anymore. Where is a sniper when you need one? Kanye West, you are not hip-hop. Hip-hop does not need validation from the Grammys. Can Kanye be permanently banned from all hip-hop albums other than his own and be sentenced to some sort of limbo where he can only work with shitty pop artists that suburban teens and 30something yuppies listen to? The fact Kanye is so fixated on such an award shows how out of touch he is. His ego is so large that he has to win awards that don’t matter to anyone who listens to hip-hop. Is that not the genre that he is creating? Well, I know it isn’t, but come on. What the fuck is a Grammy? When is the last time you went out and bought a hip-hop record because it won a Grammy? Thought so. You don’t make it hard to figure out why KRS puts his endorsement behind 50.

What I want to know is when will the real backlash begin? Sure, there are folks like me who think Kanye is a piece of shit, but it seems like too many are just on the fence. There are only two sides. How many rappers do ya think secretly hate Kanye but are too bitch to diss him on record?. I can barely respect Common anymore. His Piven/West love is almost too much to overcome. “The Bitch In Yoo”, for sure. If you take a real look at Kanye’s whole persona and music, he is really just MC Hammer with better punchlines. And instead of real baggie clothes, he has real tight clothes. Shit, MC Hammer was never this annoying. You always knew where he stood. He sucked, and you knew it. Not to mention he helped out a shit load of people, which resulted in him going broke. Who has Kanye put on?

Kanye is pop. Hence the mass appeal, I get it. His rapping also sucks the big one, which makes it easier for retards to digest. But what I don’t really get is this belief that he is in some way different or unique. Hell, Daft Punk ain’t exactly new. The choice to sample them was simply a poor one. Like I said before, these ‘mo rappers like the wrong white people. He did a mama tribute at the Grammys! No better way to grieve and express your feelings than in front of a Grammy audience! He did use extended metaphor on “Homecoming.” Have I heard that before? Well, not with a British guy doing the hook about an American city. That screamed authenticity. Ye may have the money to sample a bunch of shit, to get big names, and to dress up his product pig in nice art lipstick. Unfortunately, he does not have the money to fool me. Eventually, the shit shall crumble.