Month: August 2015

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

 In the 1960s, the spy flick was a trope that was pretty common during this particular decade. Most notably, the James Bond film series, and look how popular that franchise is. However, on television, the spy genre lent itself to many heart-pounding adventures. One series that used the spy genre well on television, and the subject for our review is “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”, a show that pitted American and Russian spies during the Cold War. The movie adaptation is a mediocre spy flick, at best. While the movie isn’t bad, it’s also not good; somewhere in-between. “The Man from U.N.C.L.E” is a formulaic spy movie that does offer some action, but heavy on the technical babble. The story has two spies: one American, and one Russian trying to stop a nuclear warhead from launching. These two spies are Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) from America, and Illya Kuryakin (Arnie Hammer) from Russia. Together, along with a beautiful woman named Gabby (Alicia Vikander), the two must work together if peace is going to settle down between these two nations. On the surface, “The Man from U.N.C.L.E” looks promising enough to be a good spy movie set during the 1960s. The movie looks good, as the costumes and setting fit the time period very well. There is a sense of mystery, making the viewer want to know more about what is...

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Movie Review – “Straight Outta Compton”

Boyz n the Hood – Many will see the word ‘boyz’ and think it’s just a clever way of saying boys. And while that’s mostly true, it probably would have never stuck around had it not been for the rap group N.W.A. and Eazy E’s debut hit ‘Boyz-n-the-Hood.’ This simple play on words, along with some crafty lyrics was the crux behind gangsta rap which after a brief introduction in the late 80s became widely popular in the 90s thanks to N.W.A. alums Ice Cube, Eazy E and Dr. Dre. “Straight Outta Compton” not only shows the rise and fall of this hip hop sub-genre, it shows the all-too revealing culture behind it. What’s it about? It all begins sometime in 1987 where a group of friends from Compton decide to put their heads together and form N.W.A. The hope was to tell “their” story about living and growing up in Compton, one of the most treacherous neighborhoods in the U.S.  It was raw and nothing like anyone had heard before, but the more beats Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins) spun, the more confident they all got with what they were doing. And slowly people started to take notice, beginning what appeared to be some underground movement against society and those authorities trying to bring them down. At the center was Eazy E (Jason Mitchell), who trusted his friends Ice...

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