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June 2, 1994 | ROBERT LEVINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rob Reiner's 1984 rock-documentary parody film "This Is Spinal Tap" inspired many of those who saw it to retell some of its best bits, like its gags about exploding drummers, but for actor-screenwriter Rusty Cundieff, it did much more. It inspired him to make his own movie spoof. "I was a big fan of 'Spinal Tap,' " says Cundieff, 29, during a midmorning interview at a diner near his Los Feliz home, adding that he has seen the film at least 11 times. "It's truly, truly awesome.
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October 18, 1998 | Kevin Thomas
With this high-energy, scabrously funny 1995 film, young African American writer-director Rusty Cundieff recharges the old horror anthology. "Tales From the Hood" is operatic, fast-moving, action-filled and often hilarious. Clarence Williams III (pictured) serves as the film's key figure and narrator, when his elegant funeral parlor is invaded by three youthful drug dealers (Joe Torry, De'Aundre Bonds and Samuel Monroe Jr.
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May 24, 1995 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With his high-energy, scabrously funny "Tales From the Hood," young African American writer-director Rusty Cundieff recharges the old horror anthology. He discovers in the thriller of the supernatural a means of attacking satirically such real-life evils as drugs, police brutality, abuse of children and women, racism and gang killings that infect society at large as well as black communities.
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May 14, 1997 | JOHN ANDERSON, FOR THE TIMES
By burlesquing rap culture almost to the point of absurdity, the talented young writer-director-actor Rusty Cundieff made the mockumentary "Fear of a Black Hat" into one of the funnier movies of recent years. Cundieff again proves himself adept with the new romantic comedy "Sprung," which is genre-busting without being a pretentious pain.
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October 18, 1998 | Kevin Thomas
With this high-energy, scabrously funny 1995 film, young African American writer-director Rusty Cundieff recharges the old horror anthology. "Tales From the Hood" is operatic, fast-moving, action-filled and often hilarious. Clarence Williams III (pictured) serves as the film's key figure and narrator, when his elegant funeral parlor is invaded by three youthful drug dealers (Joe Torry, De'Aundre Bonds and Samuel Monroe Jr.
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May 14, 1997 | JOHN ANDERSON, FOR THE TIMES
By burlesquing rap culture almost to the point of absurdity, the talented young writer-director-actor Rusty Cundieff made the mockumentary "Fear of a Black Hat" into one of the funnier movies of recent years. Cundieff again proves himself adept with the new romantic comedy "Sprung," which is genre-busting without being a pretentious pain.
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June 3, 1994 | PETER RAINER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Fear of a Black Hat" is designed to be a rap version of the classic mock rock documentary "This Is Spinal Tap," and the idea is so funny that for a long time the film coasts on our good will. But it should be funnier than it is. Writer-director Rusty Cundieff, who also stars, along with Larry B. Scott and Mark Christopher Lawrence, as one of the three members of the rap group N.W.H., has a loose-limbed comic sense, and there are hilarious bits poking through the tedium.
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December 2, 1990 | John M. Wilson \f7
New Line Cinema also has "House Party II" in pre-production, aiming for a late winter start, and this time out, those two teen-age cut-ups--the rap duo Kid 'n Play--have to grow up. The sequel "will be a bigger film in every way," says Janet Grillo, New Line's executive on the "under $5-million" production. "The themes will be more mature, but it will still be an entertaining caper comedy."
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July 21, 1995 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Just when it seemed that summer television was about to vanish into a black hole of reruns and other programs people aren't watching (yes, baseball, we're talking about you), the return of Michael Moore's "TV Nation" is here to save one night--Friday--of a bad season. Now, Moore's scathing, zippy satire--seen last summer on NBC--is where it belongs: On the Fox network, where it can smack down CBS by correctly claiming that it is "better than '60 Minutes.'
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May 24, 1995 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With his high-energy, scabrously funny "Tales From the Hood," young African American writer-director Rusty Cundieff recharges the old horror anthology. He discovers in the thriller of the supernatural a means of attacking satirically such real-life evils as drugs, police brutality, abuse of children and women, racism and gang killings that infect society at large as well as black communities.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 1994 | ROBERT LEVINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rob Reiner's 1984 rock-documentary parody film "This Is Spinal Tap" inspired many of those who saw it to retell some of its best bits, like its gags about exploding drummers, but for actor-screenwriter Rusty Cundieff, it did much more. It inspired him to make his own movie spoof. "I was a big fan of 'Spinal Tap,' " says Cundieff, 29, during a midmorning interview at a diner near his Los Feliz home, adding that he has seen the film at least 11 times. "It's truly, truly awesome.
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October 30, 1997
Last week's Top 5 rentals: "Liar Liar," "Anaconda," "Breakdown," "The Saint" and "Volcano." Last week's Top 5 sellers: "The Jungle Book," "Liar Liar," "Sleeping Beauty," "Casper: A Spirited Beginning" and "Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition." What's New In stores this week: "The Fifth Element" (Columbia TriStar), Luc Besson's sci-fi adventure starring Bruce Willis. "Addicted to Love" (Warner), dark comedy starring Matthew Broderick and Meg Ryan.
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