You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge on the big screen.
Universal Studios and Legendary Pictures are bringing us the story of possibly the most aggressive and celebrated rap group in history, N.W.A.
Ice Cube and Dr. Dre’s introduction immediately legitimizes the film in every way, giving us a clear idea of how hard the studios worked on this and how extensive the production will be.
Although certain aspects may be dolled up by Hollywood (founding member Arabian Prince is not featured at all), this biopic should be one of the best. The casting seems to be dead on accurate as Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins (Non-Stop, Iron Man 3) and Jason Mitchell (Contraband) look and even sound like young versions of Cube, Dre and Eazy-E. Paul Giamatti (12 Years A Slave) is great in everything he is cast in and should be no different as he takes on the role of N.W.A’s manager Jerry Heller.
The only concern is how much the film will center on N.W.A. as a group rather than its focal members. Hopefully MC Ren and DJ Yella will not be pushed into the background and become afterthoughts in the feature. It doesn’t look that way, but only time will tell.
We won’t know how the presentation will be until it hits the big screen but when it does, we had better get the whole story, all of the controversy and every piece of the N.W.A. puzzle without much (if any) compromise. If “Straight Outta Compton” holds any water, there’s a strong chance we could get a Run DMC, Wu-Tang Clan or Public Enemy biopic in the future.
In 1995, director Kevin Smith went from black and white convenience store to a fully colored mall and decorated it with some memorable hijinx.
“Mallrats” is the story of Brodie (Jason Lee) and TS (Jeremy London) taking a day to blow off some steam after being dumped by their girlfriends (Shannen Doherty and Claire Forlani). To find solace, they go to the commonplace 90’s watering hole; the mall. Unfortunately, both of their exes are there as well. Brodie’s has already moved on to a department store manager (Ben Affleck) while TS’s is being forced to participate in her dad’s (Michael Rooker) horribly cheesy dating game. Upon this discovery the boys now have a new mission: get their girlfriends back.
Mallrats took 90’s culture and turned it into art. The struggles we see Brodie and TS go through are not unlike our own; albeit a little exaggerated. They run into all kinds of misfits and situations that we’ve all met and been through (with the exception of Jay and Silent Bob, a topless fortune-teller and Stan Lee). Although the acting resembles that of a High School play, Mallrats has charm, quick wit and enough sense to bring joy more than 20 years later.
On March 14, it was announced that Smith will be directing “Mallrats 2” and has been actively trying to reunite as much of the original cast as possible for the film as he did for “Clerks 2.”
With four original cast members to go, it looks like the kids are back the escalator.
Episode 5 gets rude and crude with Egokill’s Brian Schermicide as we speak of 90’s cartoons, classic wrestling and metal in the most unapologetic way.
WARNING: This episode contains strong language.
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In the 90’s Nickelodeon had an awesome game show where kids would run through an Aztec themed obstacle course for prizes that ranged from awesome (Nintendo 64) to not worth the trials (a cheap bike).
That show was “Legends of the Hidden Temple.”
Hosted by Kirk Frogg and the show’s Easter Island inspired mascot “Olmec” (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker), teams of kids would partake in various rounds of challenges, before running the gauntlet in the final round, usually getting caught by the “temple guards” before completing the challenge. By winning the earlier contests. the children would be given “Pendants of Life” to give to the guards in order to progress through the stage; should they run into them.
Although most participants did not win, the show was a blast to watch and proved as a great alternative to “American Gladiators,” albeit in a bizarre way that only Nickelodeon could bring us.