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Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)
Surprised and hooked since Scene 1.
The movie Get Rich or Die Trying', is surprisingly a great movie. At first I had no intentions in seeing the movie until it was brought up in a conversation.
Get Rich or Die Trying' starring Curtis Jackson, Terrence Howard, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Majestic: The good.
Within the first scene you're viewing the side mirror of a vehicle while "I'll whip your head boy" is playing. You know something is going to down and yet you must wait in suspense. Great direction by Jim Sheridan.
The audience learns to feel strong emotions for the younger Marcus. As the story develops you begin to make a connection with the character. Great story writing.
I already felt bad for Marcus when his girlfriend had to move away. It hurts losing a "best friend" at a young age. Yet, we move on; similar to Marcus within the story.
Terrence Howard's acting experience is great for his role as Bama. Bama required someone to be EXTREMELY paranoid. In the scene where Marcus just got out of Jail and Bama is paranoid because of his crew mate couldn't sit still is hilarious.
The soundtrack greatly reflected Marcus's career of being a rapper.
I could hear the audience sing "Window Shopper" the second time it was played in the movie. Truly an unsuspected cinema experience.
There is a scene where Bama's sound clip has a ring to it. Although this is no longer than 30 seconds. Simple sound editing mistakes such as this can lower the quality of the movie. (Note: this may be due to wear on the film)
Your girlfriend giving up her career to be a housewife to a man with an unstable career and unstable security. I wish my ex girlfriend was this way. (Note: this is countered when his wife almost leaves him after his injury)
There are a lot of cinematic elements within the film that almost enticed me to watch the film (in the theater) a second time.The movie also emphasis on how difficult it can be to get out of a gang and/or drug-dealing: Majestic would not stop pursuing Marcus. Also, I have GAINED more respect for 50 cent after watching this movie.
I have seen 8-mile numerous times and I have yet to see how 8-mile and Get Rich or Die Trying' are the same movie or the same formula: (Referring to characters) Eminem had to struggle to become big and refused the opportunity. No one is murdered for trying to stop B-rabbit.
Curtis had to struggle with getting a record deal although most of his music was extremely popular. He then creates his own label and takes Majestic's label head on. Finally, Bama kills majestic in the end.
The Wiz (1978)
Wow.. The reason why this movie is defended is because its overlooked for its value.
#1. It is not a remake of the Wizard Of Oz.The Wizard Of Oz's music is a Classic, so is the Wiz.
#2. The Wiz does try to teach values:
After seeing the movie on a basis i've noticed that it tries to teach:
-Family Togetherness(First Scene of the Movie) -People shouldn't put other people down, otherwise they'll never get __anywhere(When dorothy rescues the crow) -You can always have a heart(Tin Man) [the Wizard of Oz's tin man __relates to the Industry of the Great Depression that needs to grow a __heart] -There's no true courage unless you can stand up for yourself(Lion) -Anything related to Eviline is simple Opression.
There's other symbols as well: Silver slippers instead of ruby. (Silver is rare, very rare for Dorothy's family)
#3. The musician casting for this movie is all Top Notch Motown. Diana Ross, Michael Jackson... every actor was a singer/dancer. You can't beat that in a movie attempting a Broadway approach.
#4. If you just listen to the music instead of hearing it, you would notice the score isn't simple. I have the feeling Quincy Jones has his involvement in it. Also there are way more instruments, more of a get you off your feet feel. "He's the Wiz" from the smooth jazz feel with conflicting and resolving chorus and the switch to march theme. You cannot tell me that is not thoroughly composed! Then the Emerald City Scene, i would rewind that over and over again.
#5. Eviline IMO is a much better bad guy than the Wicked Witch of the West in Wizard Of Oz. She is ugly and mean: someone really hit her with an ugly stick.
#6. "Oh no, not the flying monkeys!"
#7. The crows are breakdancers(at least one of them) from another infamous movie.
-#1. I do know the plots are similar and the characters are similar. However, Motown has a big involvement: the 100% creativity comes from the music and choreography.
-#2. Some people miss the black family jokes. Example the Lion's full name being the name of an actual Mobile Home/Car house except Devile("FleetWood Coupe Devile, Mama had high ideas") she wished to live a luxurious life but can only do so by naming her children by what she desires. You see this in a few children's names. The good thing is there are very few jokes and they are not corny.
-#3. Yes the guy with the puppets did scare me, not to forget tin man being electrocuted and the chomping trashcans.
If you try to look as this movie as a parody(or remake) of the Wizard of Oz you have the wrong idea. When i first saw this movie I try not to think of the Classical Oz - its more of watching a live musical performance. It's michael jackson in his earlier days! His Prime! Not to forget he didn't do a bad job as being the crow! Why do everyone dispise this movie?
The Net (1995)
By analyzing the user rating level of this movie...
We can conclude that there are 10 types of people in this world.
Those who understand binary and those who do not. Those who understand binary put this movie to its grave along with hackers, while those who do enjoy this movie for the sake that none of this crap could happen. Ever.
For a movie to attempt to be a modern movie with fiction applied to it. It has failed. Horribly. Only a 11yr old and below can enjoy and only 30yr and up could be scared to have their identity taken. It losses out on the main market for a resale value(i watch it now it is more boring than when it was first released).