As Hip-Hop continues to mourn the passing of Heavy D, it seems that no tribute to his memory and legacy could possibly be enough. The expected tribute mixes from old school DJ’s are par for the course, and it’s always great to hear the songs that endeared Heavy D to his fans. Still, such a huge personality demands something a bit grander. Such huge expectations can, of course, never truly be met. In such a situation, it’s the more unexpected tributes that tend to have the greatest impact. An artist who would appear to be the antithesis to all the Heavy stood for (at least to those not paying attention) has chosen to poor out a little liquor for a fallen comrade, albeit one from the other side of the country. DJ Quik, who early in his career never hesitated to engage east coast rappers in verbal fisticuffs, has crafted a funky send off for the overweight lover.
Friday, November 18, 2011
As a tribute to the larger than life action extravaganzas of the 1980’s, The Expendables was merely adequate. It had its moments, but it wasn’t the hard hitting, ultra-militaristic alpha male free-for-all that many fans were hoping for. It felt especially safe after 2008’s blood drenched Rambo entry. One could almost feel Stallone pulling his punches until the CGI enhanced carnage in the final reel. Well, the good thing about sequels for such films is that they offer a major chance for improvement. The era of body building super soldiers has yet to receive the proper tribute. If the poster is any indication, The Expendables 2 will offer much more of the same, only bigger.
Modern superhero movies often portray scientific accidents as a form of rebirth. While there is a very obvious downside to becoming a superpowered freak, there are certainly a great number of advantages as well. Peter Parker has an acute sixth sense that alerts him to danger, and he can lift many times his own body weight. Bruce Banners gamma fueled temper tantrums make him one mild mannered nerd that anyone would be afraid to piss off. If Stan Lee and his stable of artists wanted to take an even more disturbing approach to that material, they might have portrayed such bizarre scientific blessings as a full on curse, A disease which slowly transforms the human body into something truly hideous. In August of 1986, a daring Canuck filmmaker did just that by offering a disturbing new take on a classic horror film.