Written by Adam Leivers
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Mos Def was always a bit of an enigma. From his days in UTD making distinctly ahead-of-its-time hybrids of Gangster leanings & Native Tongue-tinged melody to his Rawkus label-defining debut single ‘Universal Magnetic’. From his debut album’s organic traditional hip-hop with a pinch of soulful harmony to his long awaited follow-up which turned out to veer from straight up rock all the way through to commercial attempts at crossover.
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Written by Adam Darbyshire
As has become a custom in my calendar Vinnie Paz has graced us with his presence as we enter the winter period, although this year in a different form than his usually tour with either Jedi Mind Tricks, Ill Bill, Demigodz or Army Of The Pharaohs, in 2013 he has treated the world to a solo mixtape ‘Carry On Tradition’ which dropped last night.
As always this mixtape is packed with the gritty beats and rhymes we are used to, it does not disappoint. Alongside the defined style of beats the Heavy Metal King has adopted as his own there is a cold tale to half the songs on this tape which not only hook you from a musical perspective but for the story they tell.
Written by Joe Langham
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You’re Next has been one of the most anticipated films for fans of the genre since its premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. Having spent two years being taken off and put back on distributor’s shelves, it has finally been released. The wait was well worth it and the film was not ruined either by an abundance of advertising and hype that often plagues films that bide their time waiting for release.
The home invasion horror, like many films these days, is a largely overdone and monotonous genre full of remakes and clichés. With terrible remakes of Funny Games, Black Christmas and The Last House on the Left amongst the many home invasion flicks made in recent years, it would be natural to just write You’re Next off into the same list. However, once in a while a gem comes along, much like 2008’s chilling film ‘The Strangers’ and the French predecessor and Strangers influence ‘Them’. You’re Next is one of these gems.
Truth is often said to be stranger than fiction and that sure rings true in Pain and Gain. Based upon the true story of bodybuilder Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) and his partners in both the gym and crime Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and Paul Doyle (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson) Daniel Lugo is a personal trainer. There is only one problem. He believes he does not have the lifestyle to go with his ripped body, the lifestyle years of hard work deserves. Lugo then plans to kidnap a local businessman and extort him with the help of Doyle and Doorbal. Whilst Doorbal is easily persuaded, Paul Doyle, the ex-criminal turned Christian with the belief that he was sent to earth to protect God’s creatures is a little harder to convince. Once all persuasions are completed, the gang set about their kidnap and after a few farcical attempts, they succeed. Their fool proof plan slowly starts falling into place and they soon begin to reap the rewards of their efforts. Soon though, the money begins to dwindle and as greed begins to get the better of the trio, things begin to turn a little awry.
Written by Adam Leivers (@SniperInTheMist)
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On what was arguably the hottest day of the year in Yorkshire, a group that released what was considered the hottest album in hip-hop 25 years ago emerged on stage in the small Leeds venue to celebrate the enduring spirit of their magnum opus.
It has become ‘en vogue’ for artists of the golden era to tour the world and gain a second wind as an artist through the re-introduction of their respective classic albums, and depending on what type of hip-hop fan you were, the Ultramagnetics have an album in their arsenal that arguably can be considered THE golden album of that so-loved era in the late 80s.
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Welcome back film fans to this week’s #HHKMovies Exclusive review for “This is the End” (@thisistheend) and a big thanks to the guys over at Total Film (@totalfilm) and ShowFilmFirst (@showfilmfirst) for the hook up.
Ever wondered what these Hollywood actors get up to when the cameras stop rolling? When the red carpets rolled up and the fans finally leave the street, go home and masturbate over the pictures they’ve took and Photoshopped? Yeah, me too (not the masturbating of course….that’s just weird)!
Well, Seth Rogen’s apocalyptic spoof confirms that they all get hammered, smoke J’s, do coke and smack Rihanna’s ass! Sounds like a party eh? Perfect timing, seeing as Seth Rogen (Knocked Up)’s best friend Jay Baruchel (Tropic Thunder) is in town and he wants his Hollywood buds to bond with his Canadian brother. Queue James Franco (127 Hours) and his huge monstrosity of a house, a slightly feminine Jonah Hill (Superbad), panty-removing obsessed Craig Robinson (Zack & Miri) and party crashing “I’ll eat all your motherf*cking food” douche Danny McBride (Your Highness) being the crowd Jay doesn’t want to be a part of. He might not have a choice though as all hell breaks loose on LA’s streets and people get sucked up (I said up) and the ridiculously impressive cast of party going extras die off! What can they do other than to barricade themselves in with drugs, liquor and porn?!
Plenty of laughs fill up most of this film with Hollywood finally being able to hit the G Spot of the spoof and comedy fans harder than Emma Watson’s axe swinging arms! The best spoof from Hollywood since “Scary Movie”…..and that was 2000.
4 out of 5
Comedy hard hitter
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“This is the End” hits cinemas in the UK 28th June
Written by Dave Bosworth
Set Phasers to Fun…I mean Stun
Welcome back film fans to this weeks HHKMovies Review. This week we look at Star Trek Into Darkness. The second installment in the Sci Fi franchise from J.J. Abrams(Super 8, Star Trek) beaming back the crew of the Enterprise under the questionable leadership of wild and reckless Cpt. Jim Kirk played by Chris Pine(This Means War) and his half-human half-vulcan 2nd in command Mr Spock. This voyage of Star Fleet’s finest ship takes them beyond anything they’ve experienced before. Beyond what they thought they were capable of and beyond the directives of Star Fleet Exploration! With Alice Eve(She’s Out of My League) having made her way onto the crew of the Starship we’re treated to something that the die hard Trekkies will make sure they get use of….but she wasn’t invited on the ship!
Abrams brings us this installment after listening to alot of feedback and critique from fans of the original series and he doesn’t disappoint. Into Darkness is a feast for the eyes and with a strong cast leading from the original, you really engage with key characters and want to be part of their journey. Queue Benedict Cumberbatch(Sherlock) as mystery man “John Harrison” who is more of an anomoly than why Cpt. Kirk hasn’t caught an STD yet. I’ve got to say though that Cumberbatch has to get special mention in this review for his role in portraying the bad guy here. I’m not going to give away any spoilers for those of you who haven’t yet seen the movie. But, yes. If you’re a Trek fan. Yes, it’s him. That’s all I’m saying though!
Into Darkness is the BEST movie of the year so far. With fantastic and rich visuals, layered characters and relationsips that pull you in and make you feel everything they do, Academy Award strong acting, spaceships, boobs, stuff blowing up and Klingons. You can’t get much more closer to perfect than that little checklist of what makes great Sci Fi.
Definitely 5 out of 5.
Written by Joe Langham (@JoeLang92)
When it comes to live band backed hip-hop groups America has The Roots and France has Hocus Pocus and pretty soon England could have their very own. The Mouse Outfit are a 9 piece live band hailing from Manchester and have now released their debut album: Escape Music. Their debut album seems somewhat overdue however since The Mouse Outfit have been touring for several years. It was well worth the wait though. Escape Music features Dr Syntax and Sparkz as well as a selection of other highly talented rappers including Lyricalligraphy, Truthos Mufasa and Kosyne to name but a few.
Written By David Bosworth (@boz_worth)
“When Our Flag Falls, Our Nation will rise”…..
With a tagline like this you get a pretty good idea about how this movie will play out and you’re not far out! Antoine Fuqua(Training Day) brings us the flag flying, salute giving, bald eagle on bicep tattooing “Olympus Has Fallen”. The story of what happens when the White House is taken and who in Gods Free Land can take it back? Mike Banning of course! Mike Banning is THE ex secret service agent and bad ass mother fudger who works at the Treasury, of all places. Why? Because of a horrific accident involving President Ben Asher, who demoted Mike and left him to wallow at a desk. Gerard Butler(300) leads an impressive cast including Aaron Eckhart(The Dark Knight) and Morgan Freeman(Shawshank Redemption) in this action fueled and politically dangerous movie.
America sees its monuments fall and its White House alight when all hell steps foot on Washington’s streets. With little time to react the nation can’t fathom the idea that the safest building in the country is under siege! Who is responsible? How will they get it back? Who is in charge when both the President and the Vice President are taken hostage? These are legitimate questions for anything other than the ‘One-Man Army’ action genre. You can’t expect suspense and thrills when King Leonidas is the leading man. When you go in with the knowledge that this is Die Hard at The White House you will enjoy this movie much more.
To expect twists and turns and who-done-its will only leave you with a bad taste in your mouth after this movie. You like explosions, cliche one liners and some foreign dudes getting blown away then this is for you! Just sounds like a synopsis for “Die Hard” right? Yep that’s this, just with better CGI. Oh yeah, by the way, its the North Koreans…
3.5 out of 5
Written by Adam Darbyshire
Yet another highly anticipated movie from the Marvel series hit our screens this week, and as always it did not disappoint. Robert Downey Junior returned to the big screen as the genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist Tony Stark we have all grown to love.
With this instalment there is a lot more comedy value brought to the audience than in the previous films, but not to the point where this takes over or becomes corny. Marvel have also compensated the more serious members of the audience with a lot more action, more in the style of avengers than the Iron Man series, constant battles throughout the film rather than just a big boss at the end.