Note: This review was originally published during Sundance, in January 2015.
Four days in, Rick Famuyiwa‘s Dope is the best film I’ve seen so far at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. A coming of age story for the “post hip hop generation” best described as a mix of three films: Doug Liman’s Go, Greg Mottola’s Superbad and John Singleton’s Boyz n the Hood. I’m posting this review the morning after the premiere and its being reported that six studios are rabidly bidding to distribute this film — its insanely accessible movie for a Sundance film and will sure to be a hit that lives on past its festival and theatrical runs. Read my Dope review after the jump.
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The first teaser trailer for Dope was a blast of images and internet-ready gags, but it didn’t do much to tell anyone about the film itself. This full Dope trailer is much more oriented towards showing off just how jam-packed this movie is — it’s the story of three high-school friends trying to survive their Inglewood neighborhood and get into college. But things get complicated for main guy Malcom (played wonderfully by Shameik Moore) thanks to a girl (Zoe Kravitz), a dealer (A$AP Rocky), some drugs, and a whole bunch of other potential issues. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
Good news: Edgar Wright‘s latest movie is here. Bad news: it’s only five minutes long.
Wright, the director of Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, just directed a music video for a Pharrell Williams song called ‘Gust of Wind.’ Daft Punk cameos – in a way – and it’s filled with lots of interesting and beautiful visuals. It’s the first music video Wright has directed since 2005. Watch Wright’s video for ‘Gust of Wind’ by Pharrell Williams below. Read More »
Hans Zimmer has inherited The Amazing Spider-Man 2 scoring duties from James Horner, and he’s going about the job in an unusual way. Zimmer isn’t just writing a score himself; he’s formed a supergroup of sorts to great the score.
Sony announced today that Zimmer and director Marc Webb are working with Pharrell Williams, Johnny Marr (The Smiths), Michael Einzinger (Incubus), and Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) on music for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Read More »
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