On Saturday night, Harry Knowles and Ain’t It Cool News hosted a special presentation of Craig Brewer’s Hustle & Flow (which opens July 13) at the Alamo Drafthouse’s downtown location. The evening began with a hip-hop freestyle competition hosted by Austin MC Bavu Blakes. Then, there was a collection of vintage trailers, from Super Fly to Run DMC’s Tougher than Leather.
As for Hustle & Flow, it blew me away. It’s a film about the power of music and the way it can transform you. It’s probably the best film about hip-hop I’ve ever seen. After the film, Hustle producer John Singleton shared some scenes from his own summer directorial effort, Four Brothers, starring Mark Wahlberg.
(John Singleton and Harry Knowles relax at the Alamo after the screening and Q&A.)