Screen Junkies » hip hop Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:08:41 +0000 en hourly 1 Mr. Belding Has Joined A Rapper’s Entourage Mon, 19 Nov 2012 22:04:11 +0000 Wookie Johnson Straight outta Bayside.

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For years, there have been stories about Dennis “Mr. Belding” Haskins trying to trade in his Saved By The Bell cred for some young tail. This story has been corroborated by rapper Action Bronson of all people, who tells Complex:

“He’s the homie, [which is why I named the record after him]. He’s a creep. He was [at the show] trying to find some young bitches. The thing is, [I had him come out and introduce me to the crowd at the show], and not everybody at the show knew who he was. He’s [known by] the older generation, not the younger generation. It definitely [went over a couple people’s heads].”

Reality show. Now. Make it happen, MTV2. (via Warming Glow)

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7 Mostly-Dumb Instances Of White Actors Rapping Wed, 07 Dec 2011 22:20:40 +0000 Penn Collins I don't see people in terms of "black" or "white." Unless they're rapping. Then they better be black.

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It’s one thing to lean on something uncharacteristic for comedy. It plays against type, serves as a shock to the viewer, and often offers an amusing juxtaposition. Unless of course, you’re having a white actor bust into a rap for the sake of all the 37 year-old receptionists that will reflexively squawk, “I can’t believe they went there!” That’s not funny. That’s not even humor. Nonetheless, films and TV have long been in the business of “surprising” audiences with familiar stuff they’ve seen before, and this “rapping cracker” business has become old hat.

Here are a few of the most glaring instances. A few work on a deeper level, but most don’t. If any of these scenes are personal favorites of yours, I’m sorry. Sorry you have bad taste.

Ok. The 30 Rock one is pretty damn funny.

Chris Cooper – The Muppets

Sadly, no video is available for this one yet, but Chris Cooper, who plays a humorless oilman in the puppet film, breaks into a rap entitled “Let’s Talk About Me.” There are video vixens, crazy-phresh lyrics, and, most importantly…CHRIS COOPER RAPPING. While it’s certainly an irreverent scene by Muppet standards, the oddness of it all works. It’s weird, but not in a desperate or incomprehensible fashion. It’s just pretty interesting.

I thought about tagging this with a “spoiler alert,” but figured those diehard Muppet fans that would get upset by this have all seen the movie by now. If that’s not the case, I’m sorry I ruined his ironic rap.

Ellen Dow – The Wedding Singer