See Chris Rock's TOP FIVE (Rock in Philly Video)

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Rock's "Top Five" displays the finest strengths we've seen yet from a filmmaker who is clearly becoming more immersed in and thoughtful about his craft. There is a slow growing group of comic voices aspiring to put more soul and feeling into comedies, and Rock joins Louis CK, Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow in that category with this film... READ MORE - Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist

This isn't the first praise I've read when it comes to Chris Rock's thoughtful, semi-autobiographical, comedy Top Five (click for trailer) about a successful "Hammy" comedian coming to a crossroads in his life, looking to take a serious left turn with a film about the Haitian slave revolution, all while planning a televised celebrity wedding to a Reality Star (Gabrielle Union) and reluctantly agreeing to a New York Times profile piece being written by a woman he finds interesting (Rosario Dawson).

The below is video I shot during Chris Rock's visit to Philly to introduce #TopFive at the preview screening 12/9/14 (Note: video will not be visible to those receiving Tinsel & Tine via RSS Feed.)

Rosario Dawson
Turns out Chris Rock is a filmmaker.  He's written and directed an Entourage type look at fame/celebrity from the perspective of someone who built his world while high and now has to see if it really exists while sober. He's given Dawson's character enough backstory to make you care, not only about her, but also about their attraction to one another. Of course, as is so often the case, when a story is penned by a man, he makes certain to cast the woman as the deceptor; but we'll let that slide. (Side note: I do think Rosario Dawson can pull it off, but I don't want to see her half shaved hairstyle become a big trend. Tichina Arnold is sporting a one-sided close cut in the movie too).

J.B. Smooth plays Andre Allen's (Rock) long time friend/manager with a penchant for thick women. As you can see by this picture of J.B. with his gorgeous wife Shahidah Omar, that running gag must not be based on his actual preference, but it really works in the movie.

J.B. Smooth & Shahidah Omar

Top Five does have a number of "R" rated scenes, and that does stand for raunchy, but they are legitimately funny, not gratuitous "Marlon Wayans" type nonsense.  And the cameos... the cameos!!! Never thought I'd see Jerry Seinfeld making it rain.

T &T's LAMB Score: 4.5 outta 5

Le Anne Lindsay's Top Five

1. TLC
2. Kayne West
4. Salt n Pepa
5. Heavy D


In the film, which I'll see next week too, supposedly there's a running bit involving
Top Five lists being asked and argued. 
So I thought I'd list 5 Top Funny Chris Rock quotes:

  1. “We got so much food in America we're allergic to food. Allergic to food! Hungry people ain't allergic to shit. You think anyone in Rwanda's got a fucking lactose intolerance?!”

  2.   "Every now and then I'm in a situation where someone doesn't recognize me, and I experience racism. Things like not being buzzed into a store or sitting in first class on a plane and having someone ask to see my ticket four times".

  3. "Comedians tend to find a comfort zone and stay there and do lamer versions of themselves for the rest of their career".

  4. "Anything I say about women, I try to make sure that at least five or six friends of mine are going through a similar situation. That way I'm not picking on my wife."

  5. "I'm severely overrated. I'm just above a hack. That should be the name of my new DVD: 'Chris Rock: Slightly Above Hack". 
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I have 1 (admit 2) spot to see Top Five (click for twitter page) without having to wait in that screening passes line, instead you'll go straight to the check-in table, give your name, and a seat will have been reserved for you in the theater.

Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Time: 7:30pm ( I would still get there by 7:15pm)

Place: Regal Cinemas King of Prussia Stadium 16 IMAX and RPX
           (300 Goddard Blvd, King of Prussia, PA 19406)

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Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?

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