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Showing posts with label 2002. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2002. Show all posts

Friday, August 2, 2013

Jamie Foxx: I mIght Need Security (2002)










Starring:
  • Jamie Foxx
IMDB.com
Jamie Foxx performs live from the Paramount Theater in Oakland, California.

I thought it was OK. It could have been better but then again he always was better with a script than without. Did anyone notice how a lot of the things he said in his act about Africa was ripped from Richard Pryor's Live On The Sunset Strip? I know Jamie went to Africa to film Ali and everything but some of his Africa routine seemed like a copy of what Richard did originally (about the lions, the stink, etc). The jokes weren't all funny. Some were though. He definitely used his art of imitating celebs and voices to help out this show. Some of the stuff like the celebs he was making fun of was exaggerations but it worked for some of the jokes. It could have used more IMO. I thought he overdid the whole Talibam-Taliwhacker, etc thing though. You could tell his act was not quite as over as other comedians like Rock, Chappelle, etc. Then again that's their forte and they're good at it. This just wasn't Jamie's. I guess he was just trying to do a little too much with his talents. He should stick to acting. That's his thing. Hey, he did win an Oscar and rightfully so.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Go For Broke (2002)





















Starring:
  • Pras
  • Michael A. Goorjian
  • LisaRaye
IMDB.com
Two friends purchase a winning lottery ticket, only to have it stolen by a Woman while she is robbing the cafe in which they are having lunch. The Woman is caught and sent to prison, having managed to smuggle the lottery ticket inside. The two friends devise a plan to dress up in drag, commit a minor felony, get caught and then sent to the same prison in order to retrievie the ticket. "Some Like it Hot" meets "Stir Crazy" describes the antics of the film.

First off,I want to say I love prison movies.I was rather impressed with this one,it's actually one of the best ones I've seen.There is one small thing wrong with it,the two men are going to a prison disquised as women,so-they know they will have a strip search!Yes,they lucked out with it,but was it worth taking the chance?How did they expect to get past it,just by the man walking in the room and rescuing them?Don't get me wrong,I liked the movie alot.It was very entertaining and it had good actors.The plot was good,maybe not one of the best but good enough.I don't think many people would put themselves through all the trouble these two did just to get a lottery ticket.And I was wondering,what does the title mean!??Go For Broke?No,I don't get it.For the most part the movie was great.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Shottas (2002)























Starring:
  • Ky-Mani Marley
  • Spragga Benz
  • Louie Rankin
IMDB.com
This movie is about crime connected to selling drugs and extortion, hence the title. The crimes which start off in Jamaica then move to USA.

If you like shoot em ups then this will appeal to you and to be real you shouldn't be watching if you don't i suppose that's why it is called shottas. It basically follows the fortunes of two young men who grow up as close as brothers. They are the original shottas two youths who grow in the ghetto and use ghetto mentality to get them out. They go to America and ive a good life for a while until all the bad deeds in their past consume them.

On the whole the film is very entertaining and to some degree real( however the last time i was in Kingston i saw a father beat hs son for playing guns) it highlights not only the poorness of Jamaican people but also the political entities that keep them poor and how these entities use the so called bad men of yard to put them in power.

Kymani and Spragga's acting is a very good effort and if the opportunity arises for them to continue they will no doubt become very good at it, i am not too sure who wrote the dialogue but it is very real and it shows "wayne" to have a wicked sense of humor.

Oh and watch out for Max and the sick mentality he has which is another way of projecting the futility and destruction caused by the greed to be the richest and baddest man.