STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: F Gary Gray Stars: O'Shea Jackson jr, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Aldis Hodge, Neil Brown jr, Paul Giamatti, R Marcos Taylor, Tate Ellington, Cleavon McClendon, Corey Reynolds, Keith Powers, Lisa Renee Pitts, Alexandra Shipp, Marlon Yates jr, Carra Patterson. Rap music is not to my taste, and many people find the misogynistic ideas, homophobia and anti-authoritarian messages of the often angry lyrics offensive. Much of the so-called gangsta rap music was born out of a frustration felt by younger black youths who were harassed by the Continue reading

LOVE & MERCY

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Bill Pohland Stars: Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Giamatti, Bill Camp, Kenny Wormald, Jake Abel, Brett Davern, Max Schneider, Joanna Going, Graham Rogers, Diana Maria Riva. This is an unconventional biopic of Brian Wilson, the songwriter and creative driving force behind 60s band The Beach Boys, whose songs of sun, surf and summer epitomised the California sound. Most biopics of musicians tend to explore their darker side as well as look at that fine line between genius and madness and Love & Mercy is no exception. Continue reading