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 50 Cent, Forest Whitaker, Movie News, Sylvester Stallone, Terry Crews

Movie News: Terry Crews Will Be Replacing 50 Cent in Sylvester Stallone’s “The Expendables”

Originally, Forest Whitaker had been replaced by 50 Cent in Sylvester Stallone’s upcoming The Expendables. I, unfortunately, thought it was a terrible idea, because I truly hate 50 Cent as an actor and didn’t want to see him ruin what I’m hoping will be a good movie. Well, Harry at AICN is saying that Stallone has called him up again and that 50 Cent is no longer taking the role, for unknown reasons, and instead the character of “Hale Caesar” will be played by Terry Crews. I hope this is finally who Stallone sticks with in the end.

Former San Diego Charger Terry Crews has been in everything from Idiocracy to White Chicks to Balls of Fury to Street Kings to Get Smart to Terminator Salvation. Besides that last one, not the greatest selection of films, but alas, still better than 50 Cent. Those of you that saw Get Smart should know that he’s a actually good supporting actor and should hopefully be able to do a good job in The Expendables. At least he’s big and strong, and can stand up to Stallone and Statham and Lundgren and Couture, who are also in this. Although most disagree, I’m relieved to know that 50 Cent won’t come close to ruining The Expendables.

Source: UrbanDaily

“Okay, let me guess the next option will be Vin Diesel.”

Posted in Anthony Marshall, Big Daddy Kane, Documentary, Lyricist Lounge, Tune In, Youtube

Tune In: Big Daddy Kane Documentary

Legendary hip-hop icon Big Daddy Kane will be the subject of the an upcoming feature-length documentary. The film, entitled BDK finds Kane narrating his life story from growing up in Brooklyn, New York to becoming one of the most legendary rappers in the history hip-hop.

The film is being directed by Anthony Marshall who is also one of the co-founders of the legendary Lyricist Lounge.

No release date has been set for BDK. Check out the trailer below and let us know your thoughts!

Source: GIANT/YouTube

“Sounds like it will be interesting to see.”

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

Wire Talk: New Biopic for Lefteye This Spring

Lefteye
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.