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Just Another F-ing Observer - Jafo #12: When Did Eddie Murphy Stop Giving A Sh**? Watching Eddie Murphy in his latest picture Tower Heist I started to wonder just who was I looking at? Don't get me wrong, Murphy provides a great number of laughs in what is basically a poorly conceived comedy. Yet, even he doesn't have his heart in the picture, giving a performance that suggests the mega star is tired and worn out. I didn't go into this film expecting the Eddie Murphy of old; it has afterall been nearly thirty years since he burst onto the silver screen and essentially changed cinema with 48 Hrs. In 1982, Murphy was a young comedian fresh off of TV's Saturday Night Live whose infectious energy stole the thunder in what was intended to be a vehicle for Nick Nolte. Murphy was not only young, but he was hungry, a fresh face »
Inspired by tonight’s ActNow New Voices In Black Cinema Film Festival closing night throwback screening of Wendell B Harris Jr’s Chameleon Street, I thought about other films that centered around black men (or women) who, using primarily their intellect and wit, con their way into what we could deem white Americana, and do so successfully… mostly anyway; near perfect cons of the white-collar variety.
I couldn’t think of many others. I was almost immediately reminded of Will Smith in 6 Degrees of Separation, based on a play of the same name, about a charismatic, young, gay black man who cons his way into the homes of several of New York’s elite – all of them white – using, much like Douglas street in Chameleon Street, charm, intelligence, with a little luck on his side, as well as the gullibility of his victims.
His con was a different kind of »
MTV Movies' pop culture radar rarely crosses into the realm of American politics. When it comes to the passing of laws, the jostling for influence, the occasional plunge into corruption, our coverage usually stays strictly in matters of fiction: "Frost/Nixon," "W," the vastly underrated but actually enlightening Eddie Murphy vehicle, "The Distinguished Gentleman."
Wednesday, however, brought us the opportunity to dip our digital pen into real-world political ink. Following President Barack Obama's State of the Union address the previous evening — during which he emphasized the importance of "winning the future" — former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin took to Fox News with a cutting retort.
"His theme last night was Wtf, winning the future," she said during an interview with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren. "I thought, okay, that acronym — spot on. There were a lot of Wtf moments throughout that speech."
Now, when it comes to Wtf moments, MTV »
- Eric Ditzian
3 items from 2011
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