Quick catch up here. I watch Devil’s Express aka: Gang Wars on Thursday. Cool movie. The end fight is worth it alone.
Yesterday I watch the Black Klansman. Tough to call it a blaxploitation movie but really when you watch it’s just a really good movie. No complaints.
Today I am watching 3 the hard way. This movie is like the Expendables in the 70s for me. Jim Kelly, Jim Brown and Fred Williamson. I could watch this any day of the week and have a smile on my face. The only thing better than the cast of this movie is the cast of the second one, Two Down One to Go, when they included Richard Roundtree.
I’m not much in a writing mood tonight so I will say this. That tagline is awesome. Pam Grier was in some of the best movies in the 70s. And this movie has Pam Grier, Carl Weathers, Scatman Crothers and Yophet Kotto in it, that is one of the best cast in a movie ever.
Yesterdays movie was so awesome I had to keep the Rudy Ray Moore movies going. I’ll be honest here, I had seen Dolemite a few times in my life but I watched it more when I was in my young 20s. I haven’t seen any other RRM movies besides Dolemite up until this marathon. Well let me tell you watching these now, these are the types of movies I live for! These are the types of movies I watch movies to discover! The level of camp and humor in them are so legendary it can’t be duplicated. I mean that in the most loving way possible. I hate it when people refer to these movies, and others like them, as bad movies. Or I watch them because they are so bad. No I watch them for love. These movies aren’t bad movies that are to be laughed at or mocked, RRM knew exactly what kind of movies he made and he accomplished his goal flawlessly! Watching a movie like this you have to take multiple things in account. Intent, budget and time period. When you think about those aspects it is impossible to just label them bad. I would watch this movie 100 times before I watch a movie like Avatar once.
Now this is more like it! Goddamn! What is not to like about this movie!? Rudy Ray Moore continues his Dolemite movies here and it is everything you could want in a badass blaxploitation movie! The first 10 minutes of this movie is Dolemite just roasting a nightclub will a woman with glitter on her buttcheecks dances and a man wearing a dashiki plays the congo drums behind him. That scene alone was better than the last movie I watched! If you haven’t seen a Dolemite film you don’t know what you are missing. This movie has a nude instant replay! When Dolemite is running from the sheriff (being caught by him after sleeping with his wife) He jumps over a row of bushes and rolls down a hill, completely nude and then Dolemite’s classic narration kicks in and says “You don’t believe I jumped that!? Here’s a replay!” Every movie in existence should have that scene in it! Just break up a slow in in Schindler’s List with that scene of Dolemite instant replaying naked! I love this damn movie, leave it to Rudy Ray Moore to inject new life into this marathon!
A very misleading title and poster. This movie didn’t really have much going for it, in fact I can’t really think of to much I enjoyed. And for some reason the lead actor wouldn’t stop smiling and it was driving me nuts! I don’t know, with a title like that and that poster made me think I was about to discover a lost classic. I was wrong.
Completely unintentionally I have had a minor streak of kung fu blaxploitation movies. It started with TNT Jackson then I watched Hot Potato starring one of my favorites of all time, Jim Kelly. This happened by me just grabbing dvds I own that had the shortest run times as the last few night I have been watching these pretty late at night, so I am in a hurry. Now watching Hot Potato I realize that it’s not really a blaxploitation movie. It’s really just Jim Kelly teaming up with a bunch of other people making a comedic martial arts movie, there is nothing in the movie that stresses any typical definition of blaxploitation. I know I have said this on a few entries and maybe I am being to quick to judge my own marathon and these movies do belong here but even if they don’t oh well, I’m still counting them. These marathons aren’t as easy as one would expect, as far as finding time goes. Any way, Hot Potato. Not Jim Kelly’s best but that’s really because he is giving up to much screen time to other people that at nearly as memorable as he is. I’ve been on a slight downward slide lately with this marathon, I jinxed it in the other blog post. Tonight’s doesn’t seen to be breaking the streak either, but I’ll explain that in the next post. Maybe I need a little Rudy Ray Moore in this marathon.
So this is for day 14, obviously. Watched this one last night and realized that it is a cheaper version of Cleopatra Jones, still a decent movie but not really a must see. The benefit to this is it is a mix of blaxploitation and kung fu movie, two genres that could mix perfectly, just not here. I do have to give this movie one thing, even though this was first touched on in Cleopatra Jones, and that this having a very strong female in the lead. A woman being the one that goes around giving everyone an attitude and kicking ass in a genre that a lot of times does the complete opposite. Also the fact that it takes place in Hong Kong, where women are usually number 2, helps your inner feminist come and cheer as she is kicking ass. It’s just not that strong of a blazploitation movie or kung fu, but still OK.