Boyz n the Hood

This is the other film along with “Menace II society” that I had never watched.

It is very similar to Menace II Society, but so real. In Menace II Society you could be watching the film and next thing someones getting killed, it was always a surprise. In Boyz n the Hood you can kind of guess when something was going to happen. There is also humour in parts and it’s not as serious.

Tre played by Cuba Gooding Jr is sent to live with his father by his mother (Angela Bassett) after he keeps getting into trouble at school. His father played by Laurence Fushburne is a great role model and tries to give Tre the best strict upbringing, so that he can succeed in life.

Doughboy (Ice Cube) and Ricky (Morris Chestnut) both brothers are Tre’s best friends. Ricky is a talented athlete an hoping to go to university on a scholarship and Doughboy is in an out of prison and is in the life of drugs, gangs, guns and crime.

The film is not focused on crime in the hood, instead it shows how easy it is to get caught up in it even if your not in a gang. This film is really a great film and along with Menace II Society, I would recommend you to watch. You won’t be disappointed.

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Reworking on my video

Even though I showed my work as my final piece, I wasn’t really happy with how my work has come out, the quality, the voice and the images. So I’m going to improve them and then I’ll show the finished video. ūüėÄ

Menace II society

Finally after so many years I have watched “Menace II society”. It is such a brilliant, meaningful film which you are instantly hooked to. When I was planning to watch it people kept telling me that this film truthfully portrayed black life in the hood. I have never lived in the projects and although some people like to wish, that their area in England was the same, Britain does not have the ghetto. They may have a rough area (which country doesn’t) but if some of these British boys were sent to places in America, Mexico, South Africa, Jamica, Brazil e.t.c. Then they would really know what the ghetto was like.

To me the film doesn’t have much of a storyline, it’s more about us following Caine Lawson’s (Tyrin Turner) story about real life in a tough inner city neighbourhood. I would really recommend watching this film.

The opening briefly shows Caine getting caught up in a grocery store shooting with his friend. This was a chilling way to open the movie, as it shows how easy it is for someone in the ghetto to get caught up in the moment and kill someone. During the opening credits, we see footage of the Watts riots that took place during the 60’s. Caine narrates the story of his life, explaining how after the riots, drugs came into effect, and affected his home life as a child. After loosing his parents on at the hands of drugs, he was sent to live with his Grandparents. His Grandparents love him, but they struggled to raise him and tried their hardest to keep him out of trouble.¬†

Not too long into the movie, after we learn about Caine’s early life, we see him graduate from High School. He hopes to leave the life of violence that surrounds him in his neighborhood. After falling victim to a violent car jacking, he is brought into violence and crime himself. As the story progresses, and things spiral downward for Caine, he ends up in a hell of a jam and tries to make a way out of it all.¬†

This is an incredible movie. It perfectly balances the ugly crime life and murder of tough inner city neighborhoods, Caine’s own personal troubles, police brutality, and drugs.¬†

This is a powerful movie with a great story.

Review from Imdb

Sneak preview

A preview of my work so far. This image looks better then I thought, I might use this for the final image. The tiles in the background have been printed from the internet, can you tell?

What do you think?

Working on the dolls house toilet

I worked on the room box some more yesterday, but the thing that had my attention the most was the toilet. I at first tried to paint the tank and the toilet seat black however when I applied the paint it would not stay on. I think the coat underneath was gloss or something so for the paint to stay on it has to be sanded down. I did not have no sandpaper so, I added some PVA glue to the paint to see if it would stick, this worked however I had to keep giving it coats. The paint-glue still is not permanent on the toilet and tank because if I pick at it, it will peal off. So I have to be careful. Apart from that I think it turned out looking very good.

In the heat of the night

I’ve finally watched “In the heat of the night” from start to finish. Usually I watch the beginning and something happens why I never get further then around 20 minutes. Anyway “In the heat of the night” released in 1967 stars Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger and Warren Oates.

Detective Virgil Tibbs [Sidney Poitier]is caught up in the racial tension of the US South when he is arrested after the murder of a prominent businessman. Tibbs was simply waiting for his next train at the station in Sparta, Mississippi and the confusion is soon resolved but when local police chief Gillespie [Rod Steiger]¬†learns that Tibbs is the Philadelphia PD’s number one homicide expert, he reluctantly asks for his assistance. The murdered man, Mr. Colbert, had come to Sparta from the North to build a new factory and his wife and business associates immediately point the finger at Endicott, the most powerful man in the county and the one who had the most to lose if a major new employer comes to the area. Tibbs’ life is clearly in danger but he perseveres in a highly charged and racially explosive environment until the killer is found. [Plot from IMDB.com]

My mini bathroom objects

Some of the objects that I ordered of Ebay came today. I love opening packages that I get, even though I know what’s inside it’s still exciting. Anyway only 3 of the 5 items came today so I’m hoping they all will arrive by tomorrow. Does the sink look a little bit big? I think I might’ve ordered the wrong size.

Lots and lots of editing

I spent the day editing, so not much to write about. I think I might post a preview to show what I’m doing soon.


Working on dolls house bathroom

Right now I’m working on creating a bathroom set. This is much easier then making the living room as it doesn’t need as much detail.

I brought some items off Ebay and I’m hoping that they all come this week because everything needs to be ready for next week Tuesday when I have my presentation. I’m making my own bath because all the baths on Ebay are not the correct shape. The toilet is perfect and resembles my nans completely.

This blog continues to inspire me

I’ve posted images of this site before, but her work continues to amaze me. It all just looks so real. Her website is www.lotjesdollshouse.blogspot.com

I really recommend that you visit her site, you will be amazed.

Here are some photos from her blog.

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