Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Review: Down And Dangerous

Down And Dangerous 7/10

There will be some spoilers. I needed more sweat, some flashbacks, more shouting, and three more chokeslams. I finally got around to checking out the movie Down And Dangerous. Its a movie where no one can be trusted. For some reason I tend to watch movies full of shady ass humans and this was no exception. John T. Woods stars as a drug smuggler named Paul Boxer, running between L.A and Mexico. Was it really filmed there? I don't fucking know. I've never been. If you took a photo in Pasadena and told me it was Mexico I'd believe you. Anyhoot, his partner ends up getting shot by a crooked ass agent and Paul goes on the hunt for him.

Stop It Katt Williams

I was going to say that for what seems like the last few years that comedian Katt Williams was losing his shit. Then I looked at a time line of all of his interactions with the law and drama and realized that none of what he's been doing should shock me at all. I was sitting here thinking that his apparent downward spiral had been in the last two years maybe. Nope. Here is a rough time line of his nonsense. I'm sure I'll leave some stuff out.

In November 2006 he was arrested after a stolen gun was found in his briefcase at LAX. He spent three years in jail and was given three years probation.

In 2008 he moved with his kids, eight in total with seven being adopted, and had to fight a nanny for custody of one of his daughters. How that happens, I don't know.

Friday, April 29, 2016

The Review: Mr. Right

Mr. Right 6/10

This will have spoilers. I just finished watching the movie Mr. Right. I had seen images of the poster somewhere but had no desire to see it. I like the two actors on it but it wasn't enough to make me really look for this movie. It wasn't until I watched an interview with the writer Max Landis that I decided to check it out because the guy makes me smile. So I watched it and was, not surprised, but happy that it was better than I was expecting based on no advertising.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Theater Whore: Midnight Special

Midnight Special 9/10

Tonight Cam and I went to check out the movie Midnight Special. All I knew about this movie from the trailer was that Michael Shannon was in it and some kids eyes glowed. That's it. We headed to the Arclight in Hollywood because the sometimes at Sundance were wonky. I'm not going to spoil too much about this movie because the less you know the better.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Ross Radio Show 172

Its been months since I've done a show so I wanted to do one playing some of my favorite slow jams. I play The Dells A Heart Is A House For Love, Lee Fields Faithful Man, The Delfonics Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time), Commodores Easy, Luther Vandross If Only For One Night, Earth Wind & Fire Would You Mind, Heatwave Always and Forever, and Guy Piece of My Love. Click here for previous Ross Radio Shows

The Review: Dope

Dope 4/10

This will have spoilers. Two of my cousins have been suggestion that I watch this movie Dope for a long time. I finally decided to partially because this chick I think is cute but too young for me to be looking at was in it. This is about a group of three kids named Malcolm played by Shameik Moore, Jib, played by Tony Revolori, and Diggy played by Kiersey Clemons. They are considered geeks that play music that I would never listen to in a band but for some reason love 90's hip hop and culture. Malcolm wants to go to Harvard but the 'hood wants him to stay. You know the story. Its every story in a film about Black neighborhoods.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Review: Transporter Refueled

The Transporter Refueled 2/10

I just watched Transporter Refueled and I'm not really sure that I know what it was about. One of many things that bothers me in movies is inconsistent fear. You can't cheer an hoot when a car is flying through small streets and doing stunts and then getting terrified when a car is going two miles an hour towards a fence. That actually happens in this movie along with a lot of other outlandish bullshit.

Theater Whore: Batman V Superman Dawn Of Justice

Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice 2/10

Spoilers so shut up and everything colored is a link. Punch, kick, sad, fight, sad, talk, punch, mope. That is pretty much what I took away from this movie. The reason I give it a 2 instead of a 1 is because Batman looked cool. This movie takes place just 18 months after the last one where Superman and General Zod fucked up Metropolis during their fight killing and injuring thousands of people. Batman just happened to be nearby when this occurred and he is all like “Nuh-uh. Not on my watch.” Oh, and Lex Luther is also pulling strings in the most cartoon super villain of ways while acting like The Riddler.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Review: Tree Of Life

Tree Of Life 8/10

I checked out the movie Tree Of Life with Evie yesterday. I had heard of this movie but never really wanted to see it. I didn't know what it was about except that some had mentioned the fact that the visuals were nice but I did not hear much about the actual story. Evie explained to me that it was not a linear tale which helped because I kept wanting to ask questions about what was happening and what was about to happen.

The movie stars Brad Pitt as a father that is super strict with his sons. You witness the birth of all three of his boys with the idea that one of them is going to die at some point. The mother played by Jessica Chastain is super sweet to her boys while the father, angry that he never followed his true passion in life to be a musician tends to take out the lack of his dream following on the boys, particularly the oldest. There are also scenes involving Sean Penn as one of the children as an adult regretful of how he treated his father after the death of his brother.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Theater Whore: Too Late

Too Late 8/10

The second movie I saw with Camille was one she suggested called Too Late. Again, I didn't know what it was about, who was in it, or what it even looked like. I knew the guy on the poster looked familiar and it turned out that it was John Hawkes. I knew him from that sad ass movie Winter's Bone. Its hard to describe quite what this movie is about. It starts at one place that you think is the beginning, moves to a spot that may be the end, but then the ending is around the actual middle of time. Its confusing but still worked well.

Hawkes is a private investigator named Sampson. He gets a call from a girl named Dorothy played by Crystal Reed who is in the hills in L.A and takes some drugs from these two guys and ends up getting assassinated by a park ranger. Its strange. But the movie then goes to another segment with this super unhappy woman and her older husband played by Robert Forster that cheats on her with a stripper. Then there is another aspect that involves some family stuff that I won't spoil because I want you all to check this movie out.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Theater Whore: City of Gold

City Of Gold 9/10

Camille and I went to the Sundance Cinema and checked out this documentary called City of Gold. Just like when we usually see movies at her suggestion I don't ask what its about or anything. This documentary is about a food critic named Jonathon Gold and his story of living in Los Angeles and the food he enjoys and his writing process. I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did and I liked it for multiple reasons. Watching all the damned good food was nice. Listening to how respected this normal looking guy and how his readers and family relate to him was good as well. Its so weird to think that a guy writing about food could have such an effect on people.