Club 101 - Movie Reviews: A-G

Boogie Nights
Boogie Nights

Boogie Nights follows an extended family of filmmakers who struggle to redefine and revolutionize the adult entertainment industry. Led by a visionary producer (Burt Reynolds) who dreams of elevating his craft into an art form, this film takes a behind the scenes journey into the turbulent lives of those who rise and fall in this misunderstood underworld. Also starring are Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Heather Graham and William H. Macy.

Unlike many other movies delving into issues from 1970-80s, Boogie Nights has an excellent soundtrack. Some of the good tracks include "Jungle Fever" by Chakachas, "Brand New Key" by Melanie, "Spill the Wine" by War, "Machine Gun" by the Commodores, and "Sister Christian" performed by Night Ranger.

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Can't Hardly Wait
Can't Hardly Wait

Highschool graduation was during the day - now its time for the party! People will have sex, people will get drunk, some will find love and others will have their heart broken. The main plot of Can't Hardly Wait revolves around Preston (Ethan Embry), a high school graduate, in love with Amber (Jennifer Love Hewitt), the most popular girl in his class. But what makes this movie is Kenny “Special K” (Seth Green). Our boy has the the classic lines that make this movie eligible for repeated Club101 consumption. Whether he is analyzing the honeys at UCLA, protecting his flava, or puttin' on the moves on some lady; the character of Special K provides the majority of memorable quotes and comedic scenes in Can't Hardly Wait.

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CB4 (Cell Block 4)
CB4

Straight Outta Locash! Cell Block 4 (CB4) has gots to be one of the most underrated musical parodies of all time. It stars Chris Rock, Allen Payne, Deezer D, Phil Hartman and Charles Murphy. We start off with three middle-class kids; aspiring rappers who want to follow in the footsteps of their idols (Run DMC). But they can't catch a break; until they steal the identities of some recently arrested local criminals and turn themselves into into gangsta rappers. CB4 takes a look at the state of the rap music industry in the early 1990s with the flood of hardcore gangsta rap. It gives you a glimpse behind the scenes but most of all it shows Chris Rock at his very best - the comedy and music in CB4 are both top notch.

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Delirious
Eddie Murphy Delirious Delerious

Simply put, Delerious is one of the funniest comedy routines ever - this is Eddie Murphy at its very best. The comedy special is dirty and offensive one hand but is also witty and commanding on the other. Eddie manages to go through a whole gambit of issues and people, surely pissing off many but also impressing the audience with his numerous talents. No one else but Eddie Murphy can do Elvis Presley, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and James Brown impressions on one hand - and then come back with some hard hitting Mr. T? And then there are all the personal anecdotes that the audience is walked through. Whether it be the 4th of July barbecues, his father's mannerisms, or the Ice Cream Man - this 107 minutes of comedy is well worth the price and is guaranteed to stay in your VCR or DVD player for a long time.

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Fear of a Black Hat
Fear of a black hat NWH

So CB4 was likely the second most underrated musical parody because Fear Of a Black Hat takes the first place prize. It also pits itself against the rap music industry in parodising the popular gangsta rap group N.W.A. with its very own N.W.H. As in "This is Spinal Tap", the movie revolves around a graduate student who is making a documentary on the culture of rap music. She tags along the group N.W.H. comprised of the fast-talking leader Ice Cold (Rusty Cundieff), the ultra-violent Tasy-Taste (Larry B. Scott), and their spiritual DJ, Tone Def (Mark Christopher Lawrence). The group NWH starts off in the movie as a up and coming group; goes on to acheive great success; breaks up when they get famous; and finally gets back together - and all along also manages to go through a record number of managers. 'Nuff said, we recommend viewing CB4 and Fear of a Black Hat back to back to double the pleasure.

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