There's an endless philosophical showdown in the rap community. Some have fallen in the struggle. Others have just wasted countless hours bullshitting on stoops and in barbershops, debating whether hip-hop is for dancing, or for revolution.
Obviously the truth lies somewhere in the middle. But while Furious Force of Rhymes director Joshua Atesh Litle acknowledges boom bap's park jam roots, his focus leans decidedly toward the genre's more rebellious side.
Kind of like Toxic
Avenger by way of Trash
Humpers, Jim Muro's Street
Trash (1987) lives up to its title. Stinky derelicts start
buying booze called Tenafly Viper at Ed's liquor store for a buck a bottle and
unleash the cheapo, gross-out special effects. Not only a revoltingly hilarious
indulgence in politically incorrect bad taste, the movie also reflects, not
unlike Bret Easton Ellis's American
Psycho, the contempt for poverty so popular during the Greed is Good
According to the "Washington Post,"
House Republicans were shown a clip from Ben Affleck's movie "The
Town" to rally support for John Boehner's most recent proposal to resolve the debt limit
In the scene Affleck's character Doug, a conflicted career
bank robber from Charlestown,
asks for help from his psychopathic partner James, played by Jeremy Renner, in his
plan to fuck somebody up.
One of Boston's most vital and exciting film events, the Roxbury International Film Festival,
now in its 13th year, begins tonight with Davey Frankel and Rasselas Lakew's The Athlete (2009), a
biopic mixing dramatization and documentary about Abebe Bikila, the first black
African to win an Olympic gold medal in the men's marathon - which he ran
barefoot, no less.
Two years ago Lee Daniels's Precious
(2009), an adaptation of the novel Push by
Sapphire, confronted viewers with its hardscrabble, intense story about an
unwed teenage mother beset by inner-city and family turmoil. It defied the odds
and became an Oscar-winning commercial hit (Best Supporting Actress for Mo'Nique;
Best Adapted Screenplay for Daniels).
If for no other reason, Harry Shearer will be
immortalized for "This is Spinal Tap!," which he made with Christopher Guest,
Michael McKean, and Rob Reiner and in
which he stars as band member Derek Smalls. But he can boast of many more
achievements besides, including a documentary about the untold story of
Hurricane Katrina -- "The Big Uneasy
Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler
(2008) introduced many moviegoers to the sweaty, bloody, brutal world of
professional wrestling on the fringes of the WWE. Robert Greene shows us more
of this subculture in his documentary Fake
It So Real, in which he explores with cinema-vérité
intensity the dedicated gladiators of the Millennium Wrestling Federation of
Lincolnton, North Carolina.
Less graphic but perhaps more disturbing than
Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange is his Doctor
Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb
(1964). It might be the funniest doomsday movie
ever made, and certainly has the funniest character names, like Merkin Muffley
and the Kissinger-esque nuclear scientist of the title, two of the three roles
played by the great Peter Sellers.
Night of the Creeps (1986)
Those who have passed by the Fourth Wall Project gallery
recently will have noticed that the place has been overrun by the Vitamin Water
people. Together with Coolidge @fter Midnite, they have scheduled a month-long
series of events including tonight's free screenings of two visceral
masterpieces by film school reject Fred Dekker.
Nobody had as much fun with human folly as Stanley
Kubrick, and two of his satiric masterpieces screen this week at the Somerville
Theatre. His X-rated adaptation of Anthony Burgess's A
Clockwork Orange (1971) still shocks
today. In a hilariously awful dystopia the only sympathetic character is
Malcolm McDowell's sociopathic delinquent, perhaps because he croons "Singin'
in the Rain" and listens to Beethoven's Ninth Symphony while engaging in his
The Barefoot Contessa (1954)
Joseph L. Mankiewicz's All
About Eve (1950) is included in just about everyone's top 10
best Hollywood movies list, and the line "Fasten your seatbelts. Its going to
be a bumpy night" comes in at #9 in the AFI's list of greatest movie quotes.
But that film is just one of the nearly two dozen Mankiewicz turned out in his
richly varied, remarkable career.
During the 2008 Presidential election a rumor
started that then GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin had attempted to ban Harry
Potter from the local library when she first got elected as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska. As it turned out the rumor was false, - the first Harry Potter book didn't come
Still, some kind of poetic justice seemed to
be in play when the Palin documentary "The Undefeated" came out last weekend,
the same day as "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2," the concluding
episode of the Harry Potter film series.
short life - she died at age 29 in 1990 as a result of her multiple addictions
- was as tormented and astonishing as her three plays. They are uncompromising
accounts of the desperate, defiled lives of the poor in the housing project in
Bradford, England, where she grew up, including The
which is also the title of Clio Barnard's 2010 biographical film about her.
Nino Rota's famous theme for Fellini's 8-1/2
Imagine Hitchcock's Psycho or
Scorsese's Taxi Driver without the lacerating, haunting music - or The
Godfather films and Fellini's 8-1/2 without
the lush scores of Nino Rota. Still masterpieces, just . . . not
the same. The music without the movies, however, is well worth a listen as is
demonstrated in the program Music For Movies: A
Celebration Of Bernard Herrmann And Nino Rota at the
Brattle, which is also currently running a series of each composers' films in
honor of their centennials.