Throw your own Mos Def festival
This will be a great weekend for folks who, like your PopWatch scribes, can’t get enough of Mos Def.
At the right multiplex, you can program your own double feature of his new movies — watch his sharp-talking petty crook hold the screen with Bruce Willis’ jaded cop in the action thriller 16 Blocks, then hear his joyous rapping and singing in the concert at the heart of Dave Chappelle’s Block Party. If you want, make the weekend complete by renting one of his suprising recent character turns (in The Woodsman, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, or The Italian Job), listening to his classic disc Black on Both Sides, and catching his Emmy-nominated performance in Something the Lord Made on HBO Family in the wee hours of Sunday night.
We’re hoping he’ll return soon to Broadway (where he held his own opposite Jeffrey Wright in Topdog/Underdog), and we’re looking forward to his Brazilian-set thriller Journey to the End of the Night (with Brendan Fraser and Catalina Sandino Moreno), but the above should keep us occupied for a while.