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Is Ice Cube's film career brave or just bizarre? In the 80s, you'd never have predicted that the crazy muthafukka from straight outta Compton would twenty years later be successful as the grumpy, cuddly teddy bear of the Friday and Barbershop films. You can't quite imagine his immediate contemporary (and Trespass co-star) Ice-t in a family road-trip comedy. But then, Cube is still regularly knocking out films, while Ice-t is chugging away on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. Maybe "canny" is the word.Anyway, the point is, it's a long time since Cube went to the shelf and dusted off the Ak: not since xXx2 has he busted any serious caps, and only about four people saw that. So the words "rogue cop" made us prick up our ears, in a kind of half-assed way. Ride Along, from New Line and Cube's own Cube Vision production company, »
Motion pictures are years or even decades in the making. As much as we like to ascribe credit to directors who manage to capture the zeitgeist -- like when Sam Raimi uses a put-upon mortgage broker as the heroine of his new movie right in the middle of an economic crisis fueled by the collapse of the housing market -- the truth is, more often than not, a movie's cultural relevancy is a matter of luck and timing. In the case of "Drag Me To Hell," Raimi's film was eerily prescient, but just as often the opposite turns out to be the case.
No one could have predicted, for example, the tragic accidental death of Exodus Tyson, Mike Tyson's four-year-old daughter, or that it would come just weeks after the release of one film starring Tyson (James Toback's documentary "Tyson") and days before another, Todd Phillips' new comedy "The Hangover, »
- Matt Singer
2 items from 2009
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