15.7.08

"You Only See the Wackness"


It's mine it's mine it's mine... who's world is this?

As soon as I heard the opening song of the Wackness, I knew I was going to love the film. I mean come'on. Nas's Illmatic. How could you not love?

If you're an avid reader of this heavenly blog, you must know by now that i've been dying to see The Wackness since April. After not being able to go to the advanced screening due to the fact that it was in the middle of long island, I finally and conveniently went down to Soho's Angelika Film Center tonight and saw it.

Delicious and satisfying. I do feel like the plot could have been a little deeper, and it was mostly a flashback to '94, but how could you not love and embrace the deliberate frames of Adidas Superstars, blowing in Super Nintendo cartridges, and pressing the record and play button at the same time to make a mixtape? And a dope soundtrack with Biggie's first, A Tribe Called Quest, Biz Markie, and DJ Jazzie Jeff? Total throwback.

However, aside from the flashback, Josh Peck as Luke Shapiro and Sir Ben Kingsley as Dr. Squires are captivating and hilarious. For those of you who haven't read the plot overview, take a look back. I won't give too much away, but watching Luke and Squires "grow up" is a great reminder to not to forget to live and experience.

New Yorkers can catch the film at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas midtown, Angelika Film Center in Soho, AMC Theaters Empire 25 in Times Square, and Bam Rose Cinemas in Brooklyn. Bostonians can catch it at AMC Loews Boston Common 19 in Boston, Landmark Kendall Square Cinema in Cambridge, COolindge Corner Theater in Brookline, and Embassy Cinema in Waltham. If you live in another major city, you'll have to look it up yourself. And if you live in suburbia, you're have to wait til August 1st. Bummerrrrr.

It's ok you can still check out the trailer and most of the soundtrack! (Or buy it off Amazon)



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