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Hip-Hop / Street Gang Movie Review – New Jack City

Posted in Movies with tags , , on November 28, 2008 by mobflix

New Jack City stars Wesley Snipes, Mario Van Peebles, Chris Rock, Ice-T, and Judd Nelson. Snipes plays ruthless crack kingpin Nino Brown who is on the rise. Ice-T and Judd Nelson play plainclothes detectives out to stop him.

Snipes will stop at nothing to get what he wants. He runs a tight operation out of a secure building where his employees work naked in order to prevent them from stealing from him.

Chris Rock play Pookie, a Crack addict that agrees to infiltrate Nino’s stronghold with disastrous results. All the while, Ice-T and Nelson fight each other while trying to take down Nino. Rock gives a fantastic performance and Snipes does a great job as a gangster.

Released in 1991, this film shows the devastation Crack has wrought on the inner city.

We give New Jack City 4 stars out of 5

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Yakuza Month: Movie Review – Brother

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , on October 8, 2008 by mobflix

Mobflix rating 4.5 stars out of 5

For Yakuzapalooza, we bring you a fantastic movie called Brother.  Brother is written, directed, and stars Takeshi Kitano as a Japanese Yakuza (Gangster) sent to the US in exile and visits his half brother.  Kitano helps his brother in a drug war against the Italian mob in Los Angeles.

Kitano can be considered a Japanese Gangster version of Clint Eastwood.  He is always calm cool and collected.  When he moves against is enemies, he remains expressionless.  In the scene above you can see how Kitano deals with Italian mobsters when during negotiations, Kitano picks up a couple of the English words he does understand.

Omar Epps has a fantastic role in the film as well.  The final confrontation scene between Kitano and the Italian mob is not to be missed.

We give Brother 4.5 stars out of 5