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The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)
Sorry, I'm just BRITISH, okay?
This was one of those films that I'd heard so much about but never got around to seeing. Well I have now and what a waste of time THAT was. I laughed maybe once, twice tops and cringed throughout the rest of the film. It is so dated that it just doesn't stand the test of time at all. Ironically, I think that the Zucker brothers next film, AIRPLANE is one of the funniest films ever and still gets many laughs time after time even now. And John Landis I respect also (I thought American Werewolf was great) but here is a bad example of his work.
Wild Style (1983)
The rites-of-passage of hip hop turning from a boy to a man
The likes of a film such as Wild Style will never, unfortunately, be made again. Mainly because this was the culture of hip hop in a form of infancy, still naive to the ways of Hollywood and the music industry.
I first saw this when I was 16 years old - although it had been released 5 years prior, though not to my knowledge in the UK - and it has remained stamped in my memory ever since. Who cares if the actors weren't actors or if the camerawork was slightly dodgy in places ("look at the cinematography on the motherf****r!" - Chris Rock). It was a snapshot of a time and a place and that counts for than a thousand over-processed, overdone Hollywood versions of hip hop (Beat Street? C'mon!!)
In it's most basic essence, the director Charlie Ahearn just let the 'actors' improvise their lines with a few plotlines to guide them. These were real people. PHADE is actually FAB 5 FREDDY who DID promote shows and WAS actually an ex-graffiti writer. ZORO WAS a top writer and is played by graffiti legend LEE QUINONES. The 2 rap crews, COLD CRUSH and FANTASTIC 5 were vicious rivals in real life (although to my knowledge never actually participated in any basketball throwdowns ;)
I fully recommend this to any hip hop fan and try to steer New-Schoolers to it too.
Buy the Region 1 dvd version for the great FAB 5 FREDDY/CHARLIE AHEARN commentary track.