Having ran out of remakes, reboots, and sequels to cover (for the week), the gang at Screen Junkies pull a totally random Honest Trailer out today with 8 Mile, the Curtis Hanson directed 2002 semi-biopic of Eminem starring the rapper himself, Mekhi Phifer, the late Brittany Murphy and Oscar winner, Kim Basinger. Narrator Jon Bailey immediately pokes fun at the â€œtrue storyâ€ nature by saying that since Rabbit has brown hair, itâ€™s totally different. One thing for sure, no one expected Eminem of all people to make the successful music star – actor transition especially after critical and box office flops like Mariahâ€™s Glitter, and Brittneyâ€™s Crossroads.
Watch the Honest trailer below.
Nobody thinks Rabbit can be successful in the mean streets of Detroit because heâ€™s white…â€œLike Rosa Parks in reverseâ€ is how Bailey describes it. So come to Detroit, where no one is safe… â€œfrom spontaneous freestyle rapping!â€ That one got me. Follow Eminem through his two dramatically different styles of emoting; no emotions, or ALL emotions. Watch him fight the â€œCobra Kaiâ€ of rap, and go from rags to â€œslightly more confident rags.” Bailey gets some great one-liners in this one.
This is apparently the reason all my students yell â€œOOOOOOHHHHâ€ because they do a lot of that in this movie. And be honest, â€œLose Yourselfâ€ is on your workout mix, even though you really donâ€™t know all the lines. I honestly prefer Weird Alâ€™s parody â€œCouch Potatoâ€ about watching TV. Starring… Rapper Balboa (haha), middle fingers, and… holy shit, is that really Michael Shannon? Wow, I guess I really donâ€™t remember this movie for anything more than the song at the end. New Title – simple and true, Eminem: The Movie.
Screen Junkies have 4.6 million subscribers on YouTube, and release a new Honest Trailer every Tuesday afternoon. 8 Mile is available on Amazon Instant for a $2.99 rental. Itâ€™s actually a really good movie, probably one of the better movies about modern music featuring a music star in the lead role.