Dave Chappelle's Block Party (Unrated Widescreen Edition)
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These days, fans can see their favorite musicians on so many small screens -- on cable TV, the Internet, even their cellphones -- that there really isn't much of a demand for old-school, 1970s and '80s-era big-screen music experiences in the style of "Woodstock," "The Last Waltz," Led Zeppelin's "The Song Remains the Same" or the Talking Heads' excellent "Stop Making Sense."
Leave it to comedian Dave Chappelle, then, to bankroll something as unexpected as "Block Party," a film that fits right into that "back-in-the-day" cinematic category.
In September 2004, (before his famous flight to Africa) Chappelle set up a stage in Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy neighborhood and filmed a concert that featured hip-hop and R&B acts including Kanye West, the Roots, Erykah Badu and a reunion of the Fugees.
Like the 1973 documentary "Wattstax" (to which "Block Party" pays unabashed homage), the film focuses as much on the audience and the show's locale as it does the musicians onstage, and Chappelle wanders through it all, riffing in his edgy drawl that's part hip alley cat, part lunatic. His comic bit about James Brown's routine of commanding "hornshouts" from his band, those little blasts of instrumental punctuation, is one of the funniest scenes in any comedy in a long while.Read more ›
Basically, we get to follow Dave as he returns to his hometown in Ohio to pass out invitations to his block party in Brooklyn, New York, including to an entire college or high school marching band. We get to see how he puts the show together and finally, we get to see the show itself. All the while, Dave peppers the movie here and there with his unique and inimitable humour.
Watching the movie, I was reminded of several things: One, how powerful hip-hop music is and how I need to try and get out and see more concerts before I'm finally too old to do so; Two, how beautiful and talented black people are; And three, how I need to get a couple of CDs added to my collection, particularly Erykah Badu's Worldwide Underground and Cody Chesnutt's The Headphone Masterpiece. I might actually get the soundtrack to the movie while I'm at it.
But more than anything else, I was reminded of the fact that Dave Chappelle is probably one of the funniest, most engaging and most charming comedians of our time.Read more ›
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Like the commraderie & culture, dislike the choice of language.Published 1 month ago by D. Howard Sr.
Ordered for my collection. Received in excellent condition.Published 8 months ago by Manfred D Dixon
Love this film. Plain and simple. All of my reviews are short, simple and honest.Published 10 months ago by Derrick A
Awesome entertainment. This is one of my favorite DVD's! The best Block Party ever.Published 11 months ago by Yolanda Y. Loving
This movie is so, so good and, in my opinion, incredibly under the radar, possibly because people just see Chappelle's name and expect it to be a stand-up or skit-based comedy... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Chris J Harvey
incredible spontaneity meets organizational skills to make one good moviePublished 21 months ago by Graham
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