Posted in Documentary, Jon Alpert, Katy B. Jones, Latin Kings, movie, Movie News, Movie Reviews

Movie News: ‘Latin Kings’ A Street Gang Story

FILM: Latin Kings: A Street Gang Story

FILMMAKER: Jon Alpert

Reviewed by: Katy B. Jones

Filmmaker Jon Alpert takes a camera and follows King Tone, the “Inca” of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation in New York, a street gang. King Tone runs an organized, tightly knit group, holding regular congressional-like meetings where representatives from other Latin King districts gather to pay their respects and pledge their allegience. He preaches to his Kings and Queens that they should not shoot, and they should stay away from drugs. He takes his message of Puerto Rican pride to his heart, and delights in his family. He’s got a chance as a grassroots hero.

Unfortunately, the story ends unheroically. It’s easy to see why King Tone is a natural leader. He wants to be a person who does something really great with his life. He’s infectious, playful, heartfelt, organized, and an excellent fiery speaker. Unfortunately, he’s also unable to resist the temptations of drugs. When he’s finally locked behind bars, his world comes crashing to an end. Jon Alpert watches all of this unfold with an unflinching one-man band that doesn’t look away from the good, the brutal, or the bad. That the camerawork is somewhat uncreative is totally fine. This filmmaker earns his value by walking in a world few would dare. He earns the trust of his subjects, and obviously feels a great responsibility to paint the story fairly. There are no villains here.

Mr. Alpert also serves as our de facto narrator, peppering Tone with questions that the audience who doesn’t understand this world needs to know. He’s got balls, he’s got commitment, he’s got fairness, he’s got story, and there is definitely something at stake. For a low-budget film, it impressively dynamic. It’s rare that I watch a feature film all the way through and didn’t wish it was a short. This kept me in it. It was interesting, and I definitely walked in another world. It did lag a bit, and, as mentioned, the low-budget one-man band camera style can be a little wearing. All in all though, a good movie.

Three out of five cheers

P.S. Among the many morality tales of this film – please make a special note of one lesson Tone learned the hard way. Don’t go cheating on your woman just before you get locked away, even if it might seem like a good idea at the time. Prison is real lonely when she takes your kids, smashes your stuff, and moves to Connecticut. None of the other girls come visit you later, and neither does she. Or at least not without a whole lot of work on your part.

Source: docandadrink.wordpress.com

Posted in Biopic, D.M.C., DJ Run, Jam-Master Jay, movie, Rev Run, Run-D.M.C, Russell Simmons, Wire Talk

Wire Talk: Run DMC Movie Plans

Run DMC movie planned…

Rap legends Run DMC’s story could be made into a movie by the man behind the Notorious B.I.G biopic, Notorious.

Screenwriter Cheo Hodari Coker is planning to adapt Bill Adler’s Tougher Than LeatherThe Rise Of Run DMC for DJ Classicz, the urban department at Davis Entertainment.

“It’s an extraordinary rags-to-riches journey that I’m eager to bring to the screen,” DJ Classicz’s president Dallas Jackson says.

“I’m hoping to have Run, DMC and Russell Simmons’s involvement. This will be a big movie about the 1980s hip-hop movement that took over the world.”

Source: chocolatemagazine

“YAY! This is something I can’t wait to see. I’m making it a date night for me and my man.”

Posted in J & J Movie Night, movie, Movie Trailer, Tyler Perry, Youtube

J & J Movie Night: Tyler Perry’s – Madea Goes To Jail

Check out Tyler Perry’s – Madea Goes to Jail. Out today at a theater near you. Check out below the full trailer In HD.

Posted in Entertainment, Isabel Lucas, John Benjamin Hickey, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel, Julie White, Kevin Dunn, Megan Fox, movie, Movie Reviews, Movie Trailer, Ramon Rodriguez, Shia LaBeouf, Tune In, Tyrese Gibson, Youtube

Tune In: Transformers – Revenge of the Fallen Super Bowl Spot

This here is the crème de la crème! Paramount has debuted their first teaser trailer for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen that will be showing during the Super Bowl tonight. We’ve been waiting years to finally see this footage and damn it doesn’t let down one bit. This will have Transformers‘ fans screaming for joy. I’m sticking around to watch the big game tonight to see this in glorious high definition. By the way parts of this movie was shot in my hometown of South Side, Bethlehem, PA.

Check it out!

Plot Summary: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is again directed by action film superstar Michael Bay of Bad Boys, The Rock, Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, The Island, and Transformers previously. The story and screenplay for the sequel was written by Transformers writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci as well as Ehren Kruger (The Ring, The Brothers Grimm, Blood and Chocolate). Paramount is unleashing Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in both IMAX and regular theaters on June 26th this summer. I’ll be there!

Posted in Fashion Week, Karl Lagerfeld, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, movie, Tune In, Yves Saint Laurent

Tune In: Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs & LV, Yves St. Laurent Documentaries

In honor of Fall Fashion Week, television stations tend to broadcast fashion-related movies during the month of February, and this year’s no exception.

Lagerfeld Confidential, the documentary about you know who, airs on the Sundance Channel on February 9th at 7pm EST.

Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton, which followed Marc in the making of the Spring 08 LV collections, airs on Sundance on Valentine’s Day at 7pm EST.

Yves St. Laurent: 5 Avenue Marceau 75116 Paris airs the next day at 7pm EST, also.

Some might argue it’s even better than front row.

Source: fashionista.com

Posted in Lauren Lazin, Lisa "Lefteye" Lopes, movie, Tupac, Wire Talk

Wire Talk: New Biopic for Lefteye This Spring

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Lefteye’s Biopic Coming Soon…

I guess biopic’s are the new thing when movie scripts aren’t hitting the box office. Director Lauren Lazin will bring the life story of Lefteye to the big screen, which will also debut this April at Atlanta Film Festival in Georgia. The Oscar Nominated film maker is the same person behind Tupac ‘s movie, Tupac Resurrection. The movie of Lefteye will be titled, The Last Days of Lefteye.

Posted in Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Celebrity News, Haute Off The Press, Heath Ledger, movie, Penelope Cruz

Haute Off The Press: Oscar Nominees

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Best Picture
♥ The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ♥
* Frost/Nixon
* Milk
* The Reader
* Slumdog Millionaire

Best Actor
* Richard Jenkins, The Visitor
* Frank Langella, Frost/Nixon
* Sean Penn, Milk
♥ Brad Pitt, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ♥
* Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler

Best Actress
* Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
♥ Angelina Jolie, Changeling ♥
* Melissa Leo, Frozen River
* Meryl Streep, Doubt
* Kate Winslet, The Reader

Best Supporting Actor
* Josh Brolin, Milk
* Robert Downey Jr., Tropic Thunder
* Philip Seymour Hoffman, Doubt
♥ Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight ♥
* Michael Shannon, Revolutionary Road

Best Supporting Actress
* Amy Adams, Doubt
♥ Penelope Cruz, Vicky Cristina Barcelona ♥
* Viola Davis, Doubt
* Taraji Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
* Marissa Tomei, The Wrestler

Best Director
* Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
♥ David Fincher, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ♥
* Ron Howard, Frost/Nixon
* Stephen Daldry, The Reader
* Gus Van Sant, Milk

Best Animated Film
* Bolt
* Kung Fu Panda
♥ Wall-E ♥

For more on the list click here.

My choices for a win are those with hearts at each end. Can’t wait to see who wins. I’m rooting for Heath Ledger as, Best Supporting Actor for his role as the Joker in The Dark Knight. May he rest in peace.

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