Trailer: Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq

After the crowd funded, micro-budgeted remake of Ganja & Hess, Spike Lee has harnessed some big-money from Amazon for his latest provaction, Chi-Raq. It features Samuel L. Jackson breaking the fourth wall to tell us about the gun problems in the black community in Chicago, and a group of ladies that withhold sex until their boyfriends or husbands put down their fire-arms. The trailer indicates the film is done in a mix of styles, which evokes, to these eyes, something akin to Richard Kelly’s Southland Tales, and has welcome return to form for Wesley Snipes, who cut is cinematic teeth in early Spike Lee pictures. It also features Angela Bassett giving a superlative Pam Grier style performance, as well as a number of other things.

Chi-Raq opens, amidst a pretty packed calander of films, in early December.

Soundtrack Of Your Life #11: New Jack City

Am I my podcast’s keeper? Yes I am..

Each episode, Corey Pierce welcomes a guest onto the show who has chosen a compilation or soundtrack that speaks to a memorable era of their life. The soundtrack will play underneath and serves as a springboard to discussion about the music itself, how it works within the film, and what was going on with their life at the time of its release.

For episode 11, for the first time, Corey welcomes 2 guests at once. First there is Petula Neale, a local film fan who in her own words rightfully proclaims: “Gives good voice” . Additionally welcome David Voigt, a critic within Toronto for many years who recently has started up his own site, In The Seats. We bring them together as both have chosen 1991’s New Jack City, a goofy Scarface-influenced crime film with a soundtrack loaded with big rap & R&B hits, but more importantly the influential fusion genre of new jack swing. Tune in for discussions of explicit lyric stickers, hiding tastes from friends, hanging around the wrong crowd, and trying to find any crowd at all.

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Friday One Sheets: So Many Expendables

The ever expanding roster of soldiers of fortune in Sylvester Stallone’s Expendables franchise gets a handsome black and white photo shoot, and a trailer just in case you are not photo gallery’d to death. If there is ever a case of character-posters getting out of hand, I present it below, tucked under the seat. But I will give it this, the black and white, minimalist style here with the lighting equipment visible in the frame does impart the overkill-basics ethos of the series.

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