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Roy & Greg's Movie Review

 

Alpha Dog 

 

Plot The "Ice Storm" meets "Blue Velvet" meets "Clueless" as hedonistic, rebellious, suburban teens deal drugs and deal with a kidnapping gone bad.  Based on the real-life story of Jesse James Hollywood, an LA drug dealer who became one of the youngest men to ever make the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List.

 

What's Going On: LA drug dealer Johnny Trulove (Emile Hirsch) has the perfect life.  He's got money, friends, groupies, and a royal lieutenant in Frankie (Justin Timberlake, Sexyback).  But when speedfreak skinhead Jake Mazursky (Ben Foster) won't pay a $1200 drug tab, Trulove kidnaps his 15 year-old brother (Anton Yerchin) and holds him for collateral.

 

Why You Should Go: This is the kind of movie that's gonna sell alot of DVDs, just by word-of-mouth.  This portrait of middle class white kids acting out their "gangsta" fantasies is so over the top, it's like a bad car accident: you don't want to look, but you can't help yourself.  It's all about violence, grugs, and casual sex to them and Director John Cassavettes gives us a voyeur's eye view of it all.  Note to audiences: Keep your eyes on Ben Foster and Justin Timberlake.  They make the whole thing worth watching.

 

Ratings Greg: 8 out of 10

                    Roy: 8 out of 10

 

 

 

Stomp the Yard 

 

Plot LA street dancer (Columbus Short of Broadway's STOMP) goes to college in Atlanta after his brother's death, romances hottie (Meagan Good, Waist Deep), joins a fraternity and learns teamwork.

 

What's Going On: Stomp the Yard is another underdog tale.  You know the story: a troubled youth has to overcome a personal tragedy to achieve victory against all odds.  We saw it in last year's STEP UP and ROLL BOUNCE.

 

Why You Should Go: Short makes his character, DJ, someone that you really want to root for with his feisty attitude (I don't step, I battle!) and his hyperkinetic dance skills.  Black audiences will really identify with the stepping exhibitions because they are such an integral part of life on a black college campus.  Throw in a cameo by Hip Hop heartthrob Chris Brown and supporting roles by R&B crooner Ne-Yo and the luscious Meagan Good and you've got a winner.

 

Ratings Greg: 9 out of 10

                    Roy: 9 out of 10

 

 

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