Russell Crowe playing around with Ty Simpkins on the premiere of ‘The Next Three Days’ (2010)
Notorious B.I.G and Tupac’ murder has been two of the most mysterious murders of the past two decades. Whilst both rappers where at the height of their game, making music that would live forever they were shot down. Tupac in September of 96 in Las Vegas, and Biggie in California just 6 months later in March 97 whilst he was promoting his new album.
Trusted and acclaimed director Nick Broomfield directs the documentary Biggie and Tupac (2002). The aim of the film; to investigate their murders and try and close in on who killed who and why. As Broomfield always does, he leaves the film open ended, allowing the audience to decide for themselves. One thing is for sure, it makes you think long and hard about who was responsible.
Broomfield manages to get interviews with Shook Knight; a man with a dangerous reputation of violence who went to prison on two occasions for breaking parole because of which eventually bankrupt Death Row Records. Biggie’s mother who gives accounts of her relationship with him and her problems in his afterlife about the investigation, and also the police officer who was betrayed in the LAPD after declaring that the investigation be reopened as many things had not been followed up that should have been.
If you’re a fan of Hip-Hop this is without a doubt a film for you to watch, this is another solid documentary by Broomfield that gives a great hour and half watch.
The Place Beyond the Pines
Out in theatres today.
- Why did you (Ryan Gosling) agree to star in The Place Beyond The Pines?
- ‘I got to rob banks on a bike’
[The Place Beyond the Pines] is laden with suspense and every frame seems cloaked in dread, something perhaps influenced by the sleepy, backwoods feel of the town in which it’s set. There is a darkness in the familiar and the ordinary – something perverse and pervasive, as though the sheer tedium of everyday life were itself the horror. This is something more malignant than any ghoul – it’s circumstance, and oppression, and the choices people feel forced to make when they are trapped by both. - Under the Gun Review