Big Pun DVD is "one of the most shocking you'll ever see"!
Crazy Jim | Massachusetts | 03/29/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
""You think you know? You have no idea". The infamous trademark quote uttered by celebrities covered on MTV's Diary seems frighteningly appropriate when talking about Marcos Antonio Miranda's controversial documentary on the late great Puerto-Rician rapper, Big Pun. This film not only highlights his many accomplishments as a popular performer but it also showcases the good, the bad, and the ugly side of an intense and self-destructive human being. "Still Not A Player" interviews those who knew rapper Christopher Rios the best. From his closest friends and family to the many rappers who had the privledge of performing with him. It explains how Pun grew from a young child selling drugs in the streets of the Bronx into a multi-platinum rapper who tipped the scales at over 700 pounds. It also goes into detail about the physical abuse that Pun's wife, Liza, suffered at his hands. This proves to be one of the most disturbing moments on the film as we are shown actual security footage of the massive Pun hitting his wife in the face with a gun. We are also told the stories of his "final days" as he unsuccesfully battled to overcome a severe weight problem caused by an imense eating disorder."Still Not A Player" is far from the usual MTV-style "artist profile" that one might assume it to be. Miranda gives us one of the most honest portraits of an artist that one can display. This isn't just about a talented man's struggle to reach the top. This isn't just a paint-by-numbers description of his music career. This movie tells the story of Christopher Rios in a way that many documentary-makers would be too afraid to. It's honest even when the subject matter is not flattering. It shows us the good-natured side of Rios, the caring father, the over-the-top prankster, as well as the bad side, an abusive husband, a violent addict. It's all here. Whether you are a fan of Big Punisher or just a casual listener, this documentary could perhaps show you a side to him that you never even knew about."
Best Hip Hop Film Ever
nicknamefree | brooklyn, n.y. United States | 06/12/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was blown away by this film's no holds barred coverage of Pun.His friends and family are straight up honest about the man.There is a video of Pun actually gun clapping his wife. It doesn't get more real than that.I guarantee you will be blown away by this film."
nicknamefree | 06/22/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I honestly thought this was going to be a VH1 Beind the music type of deal.Was I wrong!Still not a player is a no holds barred look at Big Pun. The life this poor man led is unbelievable.Forced by his own mother to sell drugs as a little kid,he ran away and lived on the streets.Director Marcos Miranda takes us on a sometimes hellish journey through the life of one of hip hops greatest players. Pun's wife Liza pulls no punches either. This is true blue hip hop right here folks.Watch it with a loved one.You will be talking about this afterwards.The extra materials are great too.There's a long video of Pun and his friends riding in a limo that's terrific.Also an interview he did on the street.I haven't seen anything to match this film in raw and real terms."