Upcoming Movie: Hidden Colors 2.

Hopefully by now you’ve seen the smash documentary Hidden Colors and are primed to see the second edition which is currently being filmed as we speak. Krs One has just been added to the list of intellectuals in the film.

Keep track of the film here and if you are feeling the movement then kick in a few dollars here to help fund the film.

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Movie Time 3.

Movie #1: NOTORIOUS B.I.G. – BIGGER THAN LIFE.

Over the years, my personal opinion on Biggie’s music and image was that he had too much of a Harlem influence because in Brooklyn, we don’t have pretty “playas” like the do Uptown. Especially not in the area where Big is from. Artists like Bootcamp Click, Jeru the Damaja and the Group Home never strayed from the “Bk Steez”. Anyway, in this video you’ll get to see Bed-Stuy before the gentrification that exists now and a feel for Big before Puffy.

The Plot:

This is a documentary on the life of Mr. Christopher Wallace. By talking to old friends, family and music industry insiders, the director tries to give a well balanced view of who Biggie Smalls really was. It’s told from a Brooklyn perspective.

The Good:

The stories from old friends about Big. This is a great film to see before seeing the movie “Notorious”.

The Bad:

The actual footage of Big’s truck when it got shot up.

What I Learned:

Although it was heavy on the dry snitching, the story of what happened in Sacramento was pretty sick. You can check that out here.

Favorite Lines:

Too many to name. Many jewels were dropped. Easy Mo B, Lord Digga etc.

Movie #2. CADILLAC RECORDS.


The Plot:

A small time record label owner in Chicago takes a few risks and makes history.

The Good:

Although all of the characters were vastly exaggerated, it was still a good movie and pretty entertaining. If you liked “Ray”, this should be up your alley. Jeffrey Wright was great as Muddy Waters, with Columbus Short as Little Walter, Mos Def as Chuck Berry, Eamonn Walker (Kareem Said from OZ!) as Howlin’ Wolf .

The Bad:

The usual trappings of Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll.

What I learned:

When you want something fixed in a band, speak to the band leader. Also, it makes cops very mad when you drive with no doors and don’t EVER take some strange youth across state lines.

Favorite Lines:

Lil Walter: “Say now,  which one of you muf–kers is LiL Walter”?

Imposter: “I am fool”.

Lil Walter: “Okay”. :::gunshot:::

Movie Time 2.

When it’s cold and snowing outside, it’s always good to catch up on some flix.

Movie #1: CITY OF MEN aka Cidade dos Homens.

I remember when Kel Dogs tried putting me on to the movie “City Of God” a few years ago. At first I wasn’t interested (kids with guns in Brazillian ghettos??), but when I saw the movie, I fell in love with it and have since watched it over 10 times. “City Of God” is basically about the trials and tribulations that children go through growing up in the favelas of Brazil. I was amazed at how well the actors, directors and scenery worked together to craft such a good story.

Kelly Kel then told me of the t.v. series in Brazil by the same people called “City Of Men”. It was released on dvd and it became one of my favorite t.v. shows. Most likely my only favorite with subtitles.

Which brings us to “Cidade dos Homens” the movie.

The Plot:

Two friends go from boys to men in Brazil. (as if it were that simple).

The Good:

One of my favorite t.v. shows as a movie! I can only imagine how hard it was for the producers to condense five seasons of a show into one movie, but they did a great job. It was way less violent than the “City Of God”, but there was no shortage of plot twists and turns. It’s one of those movies where once it seems like things are going in the right for the characters, fate shifts the momentum and makes you slap your forehead and shake your head.

The Bad:

Comming into adulthood in the middle of a gang turf war might be a little trying..

What I Learned:

When on the hunt for family truths, you’ll find more than skeletons in the closet.

Favorite Lines:

The movie’s in Portuguese…gimme a break.

Movie #2: DEATH RACE – [Unrated Edition].

This movie was recommended by a co-worker who didn’t remember the name of this movie, but I was able to figure it out. This was a remake of a movie called “Death Race 2000” which came out in 1975. This “Death Race” takes place in 2012(can you believe that’s only 3 years from now?).

The Plot:

The tough guy (Mr. Transporter aka Jason Statham) gets framed for his wife’s murder, locked up and is given an indecent proposal from the high heeled warden.

The Good:

This movie is basically a mixture of the movie “Fast an Furious” and tv show “OZ”, that’s always good in my book. Not to mention Natalie Martinez riding shotgun.

The Bad:

Getting laid off and arrested in the same day.

What I Learned:

When the warden tells all the guards to leave the room, don’t think you have the upper hand.

Favorite Lines:

Ames: “I’d like to talk to her a head of time..before the race”.

Gunner: “And I’d like a big titty girl to lick peanut butter off my toes, but it ain’t gonna happen”.

Movie #3: GRAN TORINO.


When this film came out, my boy Zero called me and told me that it was a must see. He said “It’s a little racist, but its all good”. I was like “Yeah, ok” and wasn’t really going to check for it, but since Zero got me to watch “Kung Fu Panda” (which we last spoke of here), I figured I’d give Clint’s flick a try.

The Plot:

Walt Kowalski aka Clint Eastwood adjusts to life after the death of his wife, the Koreans living in his neighborhood and the resentment of his children.

The Good:

Clint’s wit, scowl, grunts and groans (pause), dry humor and potty mouth.

The Bad:

The “bad guys”. Their dialogue was terrible..they almost killed the movie. Thank god they didn’t.

What I Learned:

I learned where to take someone if they need coaching on how to speak like a man.

Favorite Lines:

Father Janovich: “Why? Do you have a problem with me Mr. Kowalski?”

Kowalski: “You don’t wanna know”.

Father Janovich: “No, I do”.

Kowalski: “Well, I think you’re an overeducated 27 year old virgin, who likes to hold the hands of old ladies who are superstitious and promises them eternity” .

Movie #4: SEVEN POUNDS


The Plot:

Will Smith aka Ben Thomas makes a big mistake and spends the rest of his life trying to make amends for it.

The Good:

Rosario Dawson and the cool jelly fish.

The Bad:

I didn’t really like this movie. It ranks up there with “The Blair Witch Project”. Its one of those movies that sucks but everyone is going to be like “Did you get it”? Its really a short story that gets dragged on forever.

What I Learned:

When you make mistakes try to fix em. (I’m reaching here..)

Favorite Lines:

When the credits were rolling.

The Dark Knight.

First off, I’ll start by saying, the Jack Nicholson/ Michael Keaton Batman is my favorite, and The Dark Knight didn’t change that.

An Oscar for Heath…who cares? He can’t accept it where he is.
That being said.. It was a very good movie. I give it 4/5 Dylans.

By comparison I gave Ironman 5/5 Dylans.

Anyway, I saw The Dark Knight at the Sheepshead Bay Theatre here in Brooklyn. If u know anything about Sheepshead Bay, you know that if you don’t get inside an hour early, you’re going to end up sitting in the first row, if at all.

I got there about half an hour before the 9:40 show and even bumped into my man Opie, but forgot to tell him to hold seats for me as i went to the bathroom. Damn!

After cutting the line for the 10:20 show, I got really good seats for the movie and sat back to watch the mad scramble for seats. “Anyone sitting there?” “Those taken?” “Can you move over pleeaase?”

Parents got separated from kids, dates sat in different rows and one or two sat on the floor.

Nasty Vaz hit me with a text saying that The Dark Knight was the best movie he’d seen since The Empire Strikes Back. Hmmm…sounds like this movie is going to stir some debate.