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Straight Outta Compton: How The West Was Won

Theatres went into crisis mode what they got in return was a movie that broke records. Straight Outta Compton

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Oh my god…..they’re doing a movie about NWA…Ni**az With Attitudes. Is this the next Boyz In The Hood? Menace To Society? Theatres went into crisis mode thinking the worst was about to transpire in their new luxury venues complete with fancy bars, overpriced food and those very comfortable leather recliners (shout out to Paragon). What they got in return was a movie that broke records and expectations by going from biopic to major motion picture. The movie starts with giving the background of the 5 main original members (who really knew who Arabian Prince was) and how they met up. You see Eazy slinging, Dre engulfed in great music from the past and Cube being bussed from his school with entitled classmates. What you also see is the environment in which the gritty reality raps were manifested from. Dope dealing and gang violence provided the foundation for NWA’s first hit, Eazy-E’s Boyz in the Hood. Boyz in the Hood was different from anything that was out at the time. The 80s were dominated with East Coast music from legends such as KRS-One and LL Cool J. Not much if any attention was casted upon the other coast. Matter of fact, the song was originally written by Ice Cube for an East Coast group named HBO (who????). However the group couldn’t feel the lyrics that included such west coast terms as “gankin” and “6-4” and decided to scrap the project. This led to Dre having to search for someone talented to recorded this guaranteed hit. Enter Eric Wright. Now remember, Eric was only supposed to be the financial backer. Eric wasn’t a rapper. After hours of convincing and recording, Boyz in the Hood was created and Eazy-E was headed for stardom.

Now remember, this was the 80s. Rap was still looked as a flash in the pan music genre. Music critics thought it would die off like Disco recently did. No major label would ever take a young group of black kids from Compton serious. Enter Jerry Heller. Jerry Heller gained fame by working with successful acts such as Elton John and Pink Floyd. He knew that Eazy and NWA were rare talents and saw the potential in the group. He also knew that the group needed proper representation and together with Eazy E, Ruthless Records was founded.

In the beginning, no major labels wanted to join forces and help distribute their records. Only one label, Priority Records, which most successful group before NWA was the California Raisins, would take a chance on Ruthless. What came next was two classic West Coast albums, Eazy-E’s Eazy Duz It and NWA’s Straight Outta Compton. Both albums encompassed the struggles of growing up young, black and poor in South Central LA. One of those struggles was dealing with police brutality (sounds familiar). In order to combat the growing problem of gang violence, the LAPD enacted regular shakedowns and raids in “suspected” gang neighborhoods. What ensued was a rash of police brutality on innocent citizens that resembled the criminals they were supposed to be protecting the innocent citizens from. From that, “F#@k the Police” was created.

“F#@k the police was a crowd favorite, but law enforcement was not impressed. Even the country’s highest level of law enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, sent a cease and desist letter to the group over the record. They claimed that the song incited riots and promoted violence against law enforcement. Instead of caving in to the pressure, the group leaned on their 2nd amendment right of free speech and pressed on. Throughout their trials and tribulations (death of family members and contract issues), the group finished one of the most successful hip hop tours ever.

CNRoKikVEAA2pJuIn order to not give the movie away, I will skip the remaining hour and 15 mins of the movie which includes how money broke up one of the best groups ever in Hip Hop. As far as the theatrical and production aspects of the film, kudos go out to F. Gary Gray and his group of young talented actors. This was far from a Lifetime unauthorized movie. This movie was well thought out and well supervised by Cube and Dre to ensure the authenticity of the events. Overall, Straight Outta Compton is a must see and should be heralded as a classic for years to come.

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30 Pieces of Silver to Kill a Revolution – Judas & the Black Messiah Review

Judas & the Black Messiah pulls back the curtain of COINTELPRO and explains how the FBI used one man to damage the progress being made in the inner city of Chicago.

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“What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver.

Taken from the book of Matthew is the story of a man Judas. He stood as one of Jesus’ original 12 disciples. Judas betrayed Jesus to the Sanhedrin in the Garden of Gethsemane. This canonical story parallels the journey of this film.

Our film set in 1969 tells the story of Bill O’Neal, our titular Judad, a petty criminal that was recruited by the Herbert Hoover FBI to infiltrate the Chicago chapter of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. Their target is the leader of this chapter and the Black Messiah mentioned in the film title, Fred Hampton. His ability to lead disadvantaged communities and challenge the racism of the law enforcement.

This film has amazing performances from both leads, Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Standfield. The power of Hampton was brought to the screen by Kaluuya. Every time he spoke the audience was transported to the streets of Chicago. His performance shows why he deserved his Golden Globe nomination. Stanfield personifies the desperation of O’Neal as he descends deeper and deeper into the FBI’s hands. One cannot build sympathy for him though, as he continues to receive payouts even as he sees the good in the organization.

Behind the camera, we have Shaka King in his largest project to date. He is not a new director but familiar with the indie circuit and has been looking for the right project. He is close friends with Ryan Coogler from their early film days and has made impactful independent films. His first film Newlyweeds, is available for free on Tubi and comes highly recommended. This marijuana love store is a vibe that many can relate to. Expect to see more from King in the future.

If not for the dynamic performance of the two leads more people would be talking about Dominique Fishback. Many people are familiar with her from her performance in the Netflix film, Project Power opposite Jamie Foxx. Her eyes tell a story of emotion in every scene. She continues to be a star on the rise.

All of the supporting actors delivered on their performances. From Jesse Plemons as the FBI agent that always made it seem like he was doing O’Neal a favor to Martin Sheen as J. Edgar Hoover. Finally there is another individual that we can expect to see on the big (and small) screen very soon. That is Dominique Thorne who portrayed Judy Harmon. She has recently been cast as RiRi Williams in the MCU.

This film is available both on HBOMax and in theaters. It will only be available on HBOMax for a limited time.

This is a much watch. This film pulls back the curtain of COINTELPRO and explains how the FBI used one man to damage the progress being made in the inner city of Chicago. With award-worthy performances from a stellar cast and emotional direction, this is a film everyone must watch.

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This film pulls back the curtain of COINTELPRO and explains how the FBI used one man to damage the progress being made in the inner city of Chicago. With award-worthy performances from a stellar cast and emotional direction, this is a film everyone must watch.
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Positives

  • +Dynamic Acting
  • +Educational

Negatives

  • -Predictable (Historical Fiction)
  • -Wanted more time with the female characters
90%
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New on Amazon in May 2019

Another month, another amazing month of Netflix content. Of major note is the increase in the cadence of original content. Check out our picks after the jump.

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Amazon studios is bringing some good content to Amazon in May. The original content shines but what shines brightest is the entire Friday The 13th collection . Check out our picks after the jump.

Released May 1

Shanghai (2010)

Released May 2

The Yellow Handkerchief (2008)

Released May 3

Suspiria(2018) *Amazon Original movie

Released May 5

Crash (2004)

Released May 8

Action Point (2018)

Released May 9

Dinosaur 13 (2004)

Released May 10

Sneaky Pete: Season 3 *Amazon Original series

Whishenpoof: Season 2C *Amazon Original series

Released May 13

The Romantics (2010)

Released May 15

Yardie (2019) *Amazon Original movie

Released May 16

Punisher: War Zone (2008)
The Punisher (2004)

Released May 17

Fleabag: Season 2 *Amazon Original series

The Durrells in Corfu: Season 3
Poldark: Season 4

Released May 19

Federal Hill (1994)

Released May 20

Jesus’ Son (1999)

Released May 22

Lulu on the Bridge (1998)

Released May 25

Morning Glory (2010)

Released May 26

The Frozen Ground (2013)

Released May 31

Good Omens: Season 1 *Amazon Original series
Antitrust (2001)
Awaiting (2015)
Blaze You Out (2013)
Body of Evidence (1993)
Cougars Inc. (2011)
Deadtime Stories (1986)
Emperor (2012)
Eulogy (2004)
F/X (1986)
F/X2 (1991)
Super Dragon – Feng qi yun yong dou kuang lung (1976)
Flawless (2007)
Fluke (1995)
Forbidden Ground (1969)
Free Money (1998)
Friday Night Lights (2004)
Friday the 13th (1980)
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
Fun Size (2012)
Shaolin Drunk Fighter – Gimunsayukbang (1983)
Hart’s War (2002)
I’m Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)
Jennifer Eight (1992)
Lost and Delirious (2001)
Chinese Hercules – Ma tou da jue dou (1973)
Mission: Impossible (1996)
Murimgori (1982)
N.Y.C. Underground (2013)
Night of the Living Dead 3D (2006)
Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection (2012)
Patriot Games (1992)
Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987)
Private Parts (1997)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Shaolin vs. Lama – Shao Lin dou La Ma (1983)
Woman Avenger – Shi mei chu ma (1980)
Tao tie gong (1979)
The ‘Burbs (1989)
The Big Wedding (2013)
The Constant Gardener (2005)
The Doors (1991)
The Ghostwriter (1997)
The Gift (2000)
The Letter (1940)
The Lonely Man (1957)
The People vs. George Lucas (2010)
The Puffy Chair (2005)
The Secret of NIMH (1982)
Trainwreck: My Life as an Idiot (2007)
X+Y (2014)

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New on Hulu in May 2019

Another month, another amazing month of Netflix content. Of major note is the increase in the cadence of original content. Check out our picks after the jump.

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There is some good content on Hulu in May. There is minimal original content but instead some strong content from partner Complex. Check out our picks after the jump.

Released May 1

Anger Management (2003)
Bait Shop (2008)
Billboard Dad (1998)
The Big Kahuna (2000)
The Birdcage (1997)
Black Rain (1989)
Borat: Learning of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation Kazakhstan (2006)
Breakdown (1997)
Bully (2001)
The Burrowers (2009)
Catacombs (2007)
Cecil B. Demented (2000)
Center Stage (2000)
Chocolat (2000)
Chuck & Buck (2000)
Clerks (1994)
Dazed and Confused (1993)
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999)
El Pantra (2018)
The English Patient (1996)
Fair Game (2010)
Fatal Attraction (1987)
Flashdance (1983)
The Green Mile (1999)
Ground Control (1998)
Happy Endings (2005)
Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)
Hardware (1990)
Harsh Times (2006)
Hoodlum (1997)
Hunt for the Skinwalker (2018)
Imagine Me and You (2005)
Julie & Julia (2009)
Kazaam (1996)
The Krays (1990)
Kygo: Stole the Show (2017)
Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies (2017)
Larger than Life (1996)
The Landing (2018)
The Last Animals (2017)
Le Divorce (2002)
The Lucky Ones (2008)
Made (2001)
Major League (1989)
Man of the House (2005)
Mermaids (1990)
My Five Wives (2000)
New Guy (2002)
Nick of Time (1995)
The Night We Never Met (1993)
Passport to Paris (1999)
Possums (1998)
The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper (1981)
Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)
Rollerball (1975)
Rollerball (2002)
Shaolin Soccer (2001)
Show of Force (1990)
The Sicilian (1987)
Slow Burn (2000)
Spirit (2002)
Star Kid (1998)
Steak this Movie (2000)
Switching Goals (1999)
The Time Machine (2002)
The Toybox (2018)
Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her (2001)
Thirteen (2003)
Twelve Monkeys (1996)
Twice Upon a Yesterday (1999)
Under Siege (1992)
Wargames (1983)
Welcome to Mercy (2018)
Zombieland (2009)

Released May 2

Dies Irae: Complete Season 1 (DUBBED) (Crunchyroll)

Released May 3

Into the Dark: All That We Destroy *Hulu Original
Don’t Believe the Hype: Complete Season 1(Complex)
Everything’s For Sale: Complete Season 1 (Complex)
Jobs Unlisted: Complete Season 1 (Complex)
Price the Hype: Complete Season 1 (Complex)
The Yellow Handkerchief (2008)

Released May 4

Drunk History: Complete Season 6A (Comedy Central)
Painkillers (2018)
The Clovehitch Killer (2018)

Released May 6

Crash (2005)
Unicorn (2018)

Released May 7

My Hero Academia: Complete Season 3A (DUBBED) (Funimation)

Released May 8

Hillbilly (2019)

Released May 9

Action Point (2017)

Released May 10

Dinosaur 13 (2014)

Released May 11

Marvel’s Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D: Season 6 Premiere (ABC)
Above Majestic (2018)
Driver X (2018)
Funny Cow (2017)
One Million American Dreams (2018)
Swimming With Men (2018)

Released May 12

Claws: Complete Season 2 (TNT)

Released May 13

Angels of Death: Complete Season 1 (DUBBED) (Funimation)

Released May 14

The Bachelorette: Season 15 Premiere (ABC)
The Romantics (2010)

Released May 15

Big Bad BBQ Brawl: Complete Season 2 (Cooking Channel)
Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction: Complete Season 4 (Food Network)
Burgers, Brews & ‘Que: Complete Seasons 1-3 (Food Network)
Cash Cab: Complete Season 13 (Discovery Channel)
Counting On: Complete Seasons 2-3 (TLC)
Diesel Brothers: Complete Seasons 3-4 (Discovery Channel)
Eat, Sleep, BBQ: Complete Season 1 (Food Network)
Four Weddings: Complete Seasons 7-8 (TLC)
I Found the Gown: Complete Seasons 2-3 (TLC)
La Promesa: Complete Season 1 (Caracol)
Love It or List It: Complete Season 12 (HGTV)
The Little Couple: Complete Seasons 11-12 (TLC)
A Breath Away (2019)
Astral (2018)
Beautiful Girls (1996)
Egg (2019)
Getting Grace (2018)
Iris (2001)
Little Voice (1998)

Released May 16

MasterChef Celebrity Family Showdown: Special Part 1 (FOX)
Knocked Up (2007)

Released May 17

Catch-22: Complete Series Premiere *Hulu Original
Punisher: War Zone (2008)
The Punisher (2004)

Released May 18

Thanks for Sharing (2013)
The Riot and the Dance: Earth (2018)

Released May 20

Federal Hill (1994)

Released May 21

Preacher: Complete Season 3 (AMC)
Bernie the Dolphin (2018)
Jesus’ Son (2000)

Released May 22

Tracers (2015)

Released May 23

Baywatch: Complete Series (Fremantle)
MasterChef Celebrity Family Showdown: Special Part 2 (FOX)
Backtrace (2018)
Lulu on the Bridge (2011)

Released May 26

Morning Glory (2011)

Released May 27

Broad City: Complete Season 5 (Comedy Central)
The Frozen Ground (2013)

Released May 28

Against the Clock (2019)

Released May 29

America’s Got Talent: Season 14 Premiere (NBC)
Songland: Series Premiere (NBC)
The Terror: Complete Season 1 (AMC)

Released May 30

American Ninja Warrior: Season 11 Premiere (NBC)
Angie Tribeca: Complete Season 4 (TBS)

LEAVING HULU MAY 2019

Leaving May 31

8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997)
A Fistful of Dollars (1967)
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)
American Beauty (1999)
Area 51 (2015)
Astro Boy (2010)
Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction (2006)
Batman Begins (2005)
Black Sheep (1996)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Boomerang (1992)
Breakheart Pass (1975)
Bright Lights, Big City (1988)
Bushwhacked (1995)
Carriers (2009)
Death at a Funeral (2007)
Destiny Turns on the Radio (1995)
Deuces Wild (2002)
Dirty Work (1998)
Double Jeopardy (1999)
Drunk Wedding (2015)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Equilibrium (2002)
Fire in the Sky (1993)
Firstborn (1984)
For a Few Dollars More (1967)
Funny about Love (1990)
Glory Road (2006)
Hot Pursuit (1987)
Impostor (2002)
Inventing the Abbotts (1996)
Jersey Girl (2004)
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Mystic Pizza (1988)
Office Space (1999)
Perfect Creature (2005)
Practical Magic (1998)
Red Corner (1997)
Regarding Henry (1991)
Saved! (2004)
Shaolin Warrior (2013)
Shirley Valentine (1989)
Sideways (2004)
Silence (2016)
Small Soldiers (1998)
Tapeheads (1988)
Time Toys (2016)
Toys (1992)
Tristan & Isolde (2003)
Two Weeks Notice (2002)
Universal Soldier (1992)
Vice (2015)
Waterworld (2013)
What a Girl Wants (2003)
Windtalkers (2002)
Witness (1985)
World’s Greatest Dad (2010)
Yes Man (2008)

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