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‘CB4’ – essential viewing for fans of ‘Straight Outta Compton’

Back in 1993, two low-budget mockumentary-style comedies based on Gangsta Rap, were released. The better of the two is Rusty Cundieff’s Canadian indie gem Fear of a Black Hat, chronicling the rise and fall of NWH, a not particularly talented–or particularly bright but always controversial–hip-hop group

Saturday Night Live, Ep. 40.05, “Chris Rock/Prince”: Prince highlight of weak installment

It’s a shame when the best segment of any given episode of SNL is the musical guest. This tends to occur in an episode with mediocre sketches and a lack of cohesion and identity, all of which makes it really hard to soldier on until commercials, when you can justify looking at tumblr or updating your watchlist on Letterboxd. Last night’s episode was full of this kind of half-backed material, but luckily we were guaranteed one highlight, which did not disappoint.

TIFF 14: ‘Top Five’ is one of the best comedies in years

Chris Rock has always been one of the most invigorating presences in the comedy scene. His comedy is confrontational, biting and hilarious. Up until this point, his foray into filmmaking has rarely matched his unique and vibrant talents, and while there are certainly exceptions, on-screen Chris Rock has usually been reduced to a much tamer and often much less funny version of himself. With Top Five, however, the gears seems to shift. Chris Rock not only shows off why he is one of the funniest people alive, but applies his humour to a surprisingly daring narrative about the value of laughter and the struggle of being an artist. The film also works as a wonderful meta-textual narrative on the state of the current Hollywood system, as well as a touching romance.

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