Top Five Is Just What We Needed From Chris Rock

Chris Rock has become a household name as legendary standup comedian, Saturday Night Live vet, and most recently, as the voice of Marty the Zebra in the Madagascar series. But, the 49-year-old has dabbled in movie production and direction too. In his latest flick, Top Five, Rock is pretty much playing himself. Andre Allen (Rock) is a big-time movie star who fears going back into the comedy world after 4 years of sobriety and a chain reaction of box office flops.

Top Five, which also stars Rosario Dawson, J.B. Smoove, and Gabrielle Union, is one of this year’s most creative and witty movies. Chris Rock, in true fashion, pushes the envelope with his racy, vulgar humor. One joke in particular involved a quick jab at JFK and the grassy knoll, so you can image the level of inappropriate hilarity.

Rapping buddies Jay Z and Kanye West serve as co-producers of the film. While the Roots’ Questlove managed the movie’s score as executive music producer. With that many musical geniuses involved, I was a little bummed to actually hear the music featured in the movie. The soundtrack was unoriginal and was filled with your everyday radio playlist.

While the music was predictable, the random listings of favorite rappers held more weight than that of the actual musical selection. The topic, specifically hip-hop, infrequently surfaced throughout the movie as characters discussed their own top rappers. This dialogue was the impromptu spice to this filmic feast.

There are so many surprise guests, both comedians and entertainers. So many wonderful, hilarious cameos that I am not willing to spoil their appearances. The obvious funny men, Cedric the Entertainer and Kevin Hart, were amongst the elite group.

Rosario Dawson’s character resonated with me personally and professionally. She played Chelsea Brown, a New York Times film critic who ghost writes under other names. I am Chelsea Brown- the journalist who wears many hats in the hopes of telling an honest story. Unlike other story chasers, we both possess the need to uncover the great, positive stories rather than dig up dirt.

This field is no easy ballpark. Between meetings some one-dimensional people and tasteless headlines, the idea of making newsworthy, well-written pieces is minimal. While there are some great perks to this work, it can get sidetracked with fame, recognition, and greed.

4 STARS: Chris Rock needed this movie. Chris Rock fans also needed this movie. Top Five is undeniably an amusing reflection of selecting and ranking who or what is most important in any given subject.

Since no one dared to show love to the ladies of hip-hop, here’s my Top Five Female Lyricists of All Time:

1.) Lauryn Hill
2.) MC Lyte
3.) Lil’ Kim
4.) Nicki Minaj
5.) Foxy Brown

Honorable Mention: Queen Latifah


Who’s in your Top Five?

Top Five Passes

Written, directed , and starring Chris Rock, TOP FIVE tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) forces him to confront the comedy career—and the past—that he’s left behind.  Starring Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union,  Cedric The Entertainer, JB Smoove, Tracy Morgan, Kevin Hart,  Anders Holm, Jay Pharaoh, Michael Che, Sherri Shepherd,  Leslie Jones.  The film is produced by Scott Rudin and Eli Bush.  The Co-Producers are Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Kanye West; the Executive Music Producer is Questlove.  

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The screening of TOP FIVE at the AMC Waterfront 22 on Tuesday, December 9th, beginning at 7:30 PM.  For your tickets, comment below with your favorite Chris Rock movie, joke, and/or moment.  I’ll start with my mine:  As vulgar as this may be, Chris Rock has comedy skit where he said women will dance to or enjoy any type of music- no matter how degrading the song is! “From the windows to the walls,  To the sweat drop down my balls, To all these b—— crawl, To all skeet skeet…”  I laughed so hard because it’s true!  I will literally dance to any song, if the melody is right and the song is catchy!

Top Five (R)
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 @ 7:30 PM

AMC Waterfront 22

Gofobo Code: PMSQ

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Grown Ups 2 (7.15.13)

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Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, and David Spade are back together again for Grown Ups 2. Three years after the first Grown Ups, Lenny (Sandler), Kurt (Rock), Eric (James), and Higgy (Spade) are back in their hometown and all dealing with new family issues.

After Lenny moves back to Stanton, he wants to readjust to the rural setting as his wife, Roxie (Salma Hayek) pressures him about a fourth child. Kurt spends his day dodging cable customers and using his “Get Out of Jail Free Card” on his wife Deanne (Maya Rudolph) as she forgot their 20th wedding anniversary. Eric secretly hides out at his mom’s house to get pampered and feed well. Whereas, Higgy finds out he has a teenage son and just to further complicate his new parenthood, his son is a straight menace to society.

Like the first Grown Ups, the four friends find themselves in deep water with their spouses, children, and they even managed to piss off a local arrogant group of frat guys. Adam Sandler can’t help but to remind you that this is a movie with his unrealistic encounters such as a deer peeing on him as he lies in bed. Besides its fictitious occurrences, Grown Ups 2 has some special guests like former NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal and former WWE wrestler “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.


A Happy Madison Production

I can honestly say there isn’t an Adam Sandler movie that I didn’t enjoy. One of the most impressing gestures Adam Sandler consistently commits to is hiring his own actor friends like Steve Buscemi, Peter Dante, John Turturro, Allen Covert and Rob Schneider, whom all had roles in Waterboy, Big Daddy, Happy Gilmore, Billy Madison, and 50 First Dates. Rob Schneider did not appear in Grown Ups 2 because his wife was pregnant during the shooting of the film. We certainly missed his dim-witted humor in the sequel, but Schneider did welcome a healthy baby girl, Miranda, in late 2012. I can’t think of a better reason to miss out on such a great movie.

DADDY’S LITTLE GIRL
Do you remember the 3 sisters from Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls? Well, the youngest sister, China Anne McClain is a bright, young rising actress. In Grown Ups 2, she plays Kurt’s only daughter, Charlotte McKenzie and shows off her beautiful singing voice as she dazzles as with her many gifts. Full of energy and a bubbly personality, Miss China clearly will have a prosperous acting career.

3 STARS: Like all Adam Sandler movies, Grown Ups 2 consists of outrageous humor that only Adam Sandler could come up with! Grown Ups 2 is in theatres July 12th

China Anne McClain

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