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Block Party (2005)
Out of all Michel Gondry movies, this is the one that most likely keeps you awake. All of his movies have this dreamy-like and sometimes mesmerizing quality which becomes dull after a while, but because of Dave Chappelle (who hosted and wrote the documentary) and some excellent live music performances it doesn’t give you the chance to become sleepy.
On September 18, 2004, Dave Chappelle threw a block party in Brooklyn. The documentary tells the story of how it came about, what Dave did to get all the musicians together and of course a large portion of the movie shows the actual live performances at the block party. Its transitions from different kinds of scenes don’t alway make much sense, but it’s more about the party anyway. Some of the performers include Mos Def, Kanye West, Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu, The Roots, Dead Prez and The Fugees (who reunited for the occasion).
To be honest though, Chappelle isn’t on his best and is pretty much absent for the last 20 minutes. He is one of the funniest guys on the planet, but his jokes aren’t as legendary as they are on the Chappelle’s Show or in his standup.