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‘Straight Outta Compton’ hit streaming this weekend.

Sure I’m biased by my generation (and the residual checks) but this film is very rewatchable.

And the scene at Skateland…yep.



Straight Outta Compton

(Full disclosure: one of the nominees today is one of my social media ‘friends’.  But that’s really our relationship; haven’t met in the real world as I recall.)

Here are the nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay:

The Big Short



The Martian


Who Should Win: The Margot Robbie scene was a little cute by a half in my opinion, but the point of it was very true: a story about the financial bubble bursting just isn’t very cinematic.  So by the definition of ‘adapting’ a story for film, ‘The Big Short’ was the best of the five here.

Who Will Win: ‘The Big Short’ is popular with the right folks, and this is probably the best chance to honor the film.

Who I’m Cheering For: ‘The Big Short.’

Here are the nominees for Best Original Screenplay:

Bridge of Spies

Ex Machina

Inside Out


Straight Outta Compton

Who Should Win: So now this is interesting.  I tell you from experience, it is HARD to write a solid science fiction piece. Based on that I’d say ‘Ex Machina.’

Who Will Win: If ‘Spotlight’ has one of those ‘we’re running things’ kind of nights, it’s starts here.

Who I’m Cheering For:

‘The Screen Guild Awards’


I don’t know who/if there’s a A-list movie or TV star in this cast, but I’ll be damned if between the writing and the cast this hasn’t been an above average SNL season.

Consistently good at ‘raising the stakes’ on the skits; and it seems like they’ve been more willing than they have in recent years to go for hot button issues.



Well, you guys know my code. I’ll constructively critique projects my friends work on, but can’t judge the things I have skin in.

I was blessed to work on the first day of shooting of ‘Straight Outta Compton.’

I’ve done 3 person student films and the big Hollywood blockbusters.  I say that to say it’s nice when the stars align and you see a lot of your tribe in front of and behind the camera.

The job itself?  Well, you go to wardrobe, and they pick an outfit for you to look good in, you go to holding and F. Gary Gray and company match you up with a pretty girl who you ‘match’ with on camera.  In between camera setups, you look over your shoulder and there’s Dre, giving you the ‘Sup?’ headnod.

I have debased myself for less money doing things that shame me more.

Anyway, my shoulder makes a three frame appearance in the final trailer.  If I’m in the final cut of the film, keep an eye out for me walking around outside when Dre gets out of jail.

And finally, for those of you who like my ‘overly elaborate character backstories for background character parts…’

Willie Jackson didn’t know what to tell his woman when she bailed him out.  It was the perfect plan, and it’s not like he hasn’t been doing this since he was a teenager. Selling ‘official’ Prince tour shirts outside the Forum? He netted a quick $2500 without trying!

But out of all the cops in Inglewood, Officer Scroggins had to be working the show last night.  Poor Willie never had a chance.  Officer Scroggins has had it in for Willie ever since he bought a counterfeit New Edition tape from the kid years ago.  As soon as Officer Scroggins saw that peanut head in the parking lot hocking purple shirts, his blood turned cold.

Before Denesha bailed him out, Officer Scroggins gave Willie an ultimatum: buy that one way ticket back to St. Louis, or take his chances and catch a ‘stray’ bullet in the back.  Denesha is more than happy to start over again in the Midwestern suburbs, but Willie isn’t walking away that easy. Not when he’s got 1000 fresh ‘Let’s Get It Started’ black tees to unload at the MC Hammer concert at the Greek!  Scroggins has no jurisdiction there and Willie doesn’t have a rep in that part of town.

Little does Willie know Scroggins pulled some strings with his higher ups.  The Chief has set up a task force to shut down all vendors who target concert events to sell their wares illegally.  Their first target?  The MC Hammer concert at the Greek.

The night of the concert, Willie tells his woman he’s going to play cards with the boys.  She doesn’t believe him, but what are you going to do?  He’s a grown man with a trunk full of counterfeit shirts.  Willie drives to his destiny.  But will he drive back home tonight?

My understanding is there’s also 140 or so minutes dedicated to the story of N.W.A. as well.

Everyone enjoy ‘Straight Outta Compton!’