The N.W.A and West Coast rap story is so remarkable that it's unlikely that Straight Outta Compton will be the final cinematic word on the story - John Singleton has long been mooted to be working on a Tupac biopic - but as a first run at its subject matter, it's a riveting attempt that overcomes some lackadaisical writing and character development to deliver the knockout blows where it truly matters.
Sports and entertainment journalist
Matt Clough is a University of Birmingham graduate, currently working in marketing. He indulges his passion for writing by covering his other obsessions, sport (he is a long-suffering Bolton Wanderers fan), film, and just about everything to do with America. In May 2012, he created www.rewindreviews.com, which he writes for as well as HeyUGuys and the Huffington Post UK.
<em>Pro Wrestlers Vs. Zombies</em> is, like others in the neo-B Movie revival, exactly what it says on the tin. Several big names from the professional wrestling stratosphere, including Rowdy Roddy Piper and 'The Franchise' Shane Douglas, are faced with a nightmarish apocalyptic scenario in which the living dead roam the earth with a penchant for lycra-clad flesh.
20/03/2014 15:11 GMT
Beyoncé has never said she's a feminist. Like the "voice of a generation" title hoisted upon Bob Dylan in the Sixties, she has been awarded a poisoned chalice and has then been chastised every time she has failed to live up to any one of its immensely broad definitions.
09/02/2014 22:57 GMT
It's not just the home that Google are taking over, and it isn't just a case of not buying a Nest blender or whatever they come up with next in order to avoid the Big G's nefarious grasp. For the vast majority of us, the internet is now a fact of life, something we access unthinkingly and with astonishing regularity, and, more often than not, Google is the filter through which we view it.
21/01/2014 18:09 GMT
Bruce Springsteen's new album's title may be steeped in promise, but a sizeable portion of his devoted fanbase have considerably lower expectations for <em>High Hopes</em>.
12/12/2013 11:50 GMT
There's one aspect of the sport Stateside that doesn't subscribe to the same law of hyperbolic excess - the fans. If the rule that governs the rest of American life is observed, then those followers of MLB, NFL and the rest should find themselves reduced to orgasmic ecstasy by success and frothing rage by defeat.
03/12/2013 17:14 GMT
Russian football is not without its problems - far from it. Racism still rains down from the terraces on a regular basis, recently being aimed at Manchester City's Yaya Touré, who promptly and with plenty of just cause called for the 2018 competition, which is to be hosted by the country, to be boycotted.
19/11/2013 17:34 GMT
In the event that Rodriguez is ordered to serve his ban, despite Cashman's assurance of his pivotal role in the organisation, it's hard to imagine the Yankees losing much sleep over it.
12/11/2013 12:13 GMT
There is absolutely nothing malicious in any facet of Bake Off. The contestants all seem to get along swimmingly, warmly congratulating each other on successes and commiserating with evictees rather than bounding off stage toward the next round, fists pumping.
29/10/2013 17:46 GMT
With all eyes on Gareth Bale following his becoming the most expensive player in history, his career at Real Madrid beginning with more of a Jonathan Woodgate-esque stutter than a bang has meant that attention has turned to one of Bale's countrymen, Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey.
22/10/2013 17:20 BST
Levy's article took aim at Miliband's deceased father - a terrible choice, given that few, regardless of political conviction, would begrudge a man for defending his dad (something that his since been echoed by David Cameron). However, as if that wasn't making a Labour rebuttal easy enough, it appears that Levy decided he'd help them out even more.
02/10/2013 11:31 BST
This week's finale of the critically acclaimed <em>Breaking Bad</em> achieved what most series dare only dream of, transcending the confines of the small screen to become a socio-cultural event, anticipated with not so much eagerness as frothing vigour and concurrently mourned by many like a death in the family...
30/09/2013 17:04 BST
For the first time in the series' illustrious history, the hype, combined with writers and gamers alike falling over each other to lavish praise on the game, has completely eclipsed the naysayers and detractors. The moral outcry that was meant to greet the game has simply failed to materialise. But why?
29/09/2013 22:33 BST
"Simon Cowell ruined Christmas". Not my words, but those of inaugural <em>X Factor</em> winner Steve Brookstein. He's got a point. For a good chunk of the 2000s, the nefarious influence of Cowell's brainchild has poisoned the once pure well of musical excellence. However, the tide is finally turning...
24/09/2013 17:17 BST
Excluding <em>The Avengers</em>, only Iron Man has been granted a second and third film, with Thor getting his second outing later this year, but if Marvel's latest recruits are anything to go by, they're already reaching the bottom of the barrel in terms of big names with the traction to carry their own series.
14/08/2013 16:56 BST
Musk's latest fixation - and the subject of an upcoming announcement on the 12th of August - is what he has dubbed the Hyperloop. Capable of travelling at 800 MPH and covering the distance between Los Angeles to San Francisco in half an hour, most are speculating that the design will be powered by solar energy.
08/08/2013 14:44 BST
It isn't just that <em>Family Guy</em> is a rival series that makes this move so emblematic of <em>The Simpsons</em>' slide. Al Jean, one of the few remaining staff writers who has been with the show from the beginning (albeit off and on), has referred to <em>Family Guy</em> as "derivative", and numerous sly accusations of plagiarism have made their way into recent episodes.
02/08/2013 18:05 BST
It's unfair to tar all r/atheism subscribers with the same brush. Perhaps now, with less visibility, the section will start the long road of rehabilitation toward becoming a welcoming, discussion of atheism for atheists. In truth, many of the noisiest members - much like in religion - are the ones that get the most attention, and the ones that least represent the majority of the community.
26/07/2013 17:37 BST
Independent cinemas are not going to usurp the multiplex any time soon, but this is not necessarily a bad thing. The major chains are slowly but surely beginning to recognise that their current business practice is losing them patrons, cinefiles or not.
21/07/2013 21:42 BST
Springsteen's role as the last great bastion of true, no frills rock is doubtless a root cause of his iconic status, but there's so much more to it than that.
19/07/2013 11:09 BST
SUBSCRIBE AND FOLLOW
Get top stories and blog posts emailed to me each day. Newsletters may offer personalized content or advertisements. Learn more