Monday, November 05, 2007

Robert Goulet: American Gangster

So, this weekend I saw American Gangster with Denzel Washington as Frank Lucas, a heroin kingpin of Harlem. It was good and I recommend seeing it (it is 157 minutes - thats 2 hours and 37 minutes - so its kinda long, but worth it). I won't say much about the movie other than that, because its a drama and I don't want to spoil anything. As far as the cast goes, beyond Denzel and Russel Crowe, I was interested to see the 3rd-tier supporting cast for this movie. That's right the 3rd-tier guys, not the main people or their supporting actors (whom I would consider 2nd-tier), but the rest of the cast.

Why was I interested in the rest of the cast? Because, Jay-Z was producing the music for the movie and I figured he and his crew/posse/boys would have a cameo/minor part as a result of this fact (and more than likely, mess it up). Turns out that the movie features hip-hop artists Common, RZA and T.I. who all perform very well in their smaller roles. No Jay-Z, and, strangely, no new Jay-Z songs (there was one older song). Turns out the director's wanted to go with a 70's feel for the music, and so Jay-Z is instead releasing a concept CD "inspired" by the movie (the last time I heard a CD called a concept album, it was Dr. Dre promoting something called Detox. which has only been delayed like 5-6 years...but that's another post - I digress). I really know nothing about Jay-Z's new album. I hope its better than his last one - because that one sucked. Fortunately for us, Jay-Z has done a lot of things that don't suck, like this skit with Will Ferrell.

That's right, a second Robert Goulet SNL Skit, this time with profanity (that's really old but for some reason I had never seen that one...or just don't remember it)! Goulet really appears to have that gangsta thing down. Why wasn't he in American Gangster, you ask? Well, you may or may not know, but Goulet passed away last week (RIP). And even though they film the movie months in advance, they removed the scenes he was in the movie because they felt it was poor taste. Everything in the last sentence is also false - he simply was not in the movie. In any case, most people in 18-30 range (so, pretty much everyone that reads this blog...all 8 of us) best know Goulet from those skits or perhaps this Emerald Nuts commercial from the SuperBowl.

I think that was my favorite commercial from the Super Bowl. Well done, Goulet. Well done, indeed.


B Vasquez said...

Well, the last time I heard of a concept album it was one of the following albums:

Coheed and Cambria - The Amory Wars Series (Second Stage Turbine Blade, In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth 3, Good Apollo I'm Burning Star VI Volume 1: From Fear Through The Eyes of Madness, and Good Apollo I'm Burning Star VI Volume 2: No World For Tomorrow)

Green Day - American Idiot

Say Anything - ...Is a Real Boy

Say Anything - In Defense of the Genre

My Chemical Romance - all 3 albums

Angels & Airwaves - both albums

Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero

All Fear Factory albums

not to mention the albums from classic rock including

Pink Floyd albums
The Who - Tommy & Quadrophenia
Styx - Kilroy Was Here & Paradise Theater
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust

and of course The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper

And I swear if anyone says R. Kelly's Trapped in the Closet is a concept album I will hunt you down and beat you as there's a difference between concept albums and direct lame dialog in a song.

Double M said...

I guess I'm impressed with your knowledge of concept albums, although, I'm not sure why you said "the last time I heard of a concept album" and then you go onto list albums that are really old...

B Vasquez said...

touche my friend...touche