Monday, November 24, 2008
BLACK is BOOTY-FULL...
On the heels of Dolemite's new movie and the unfortunate passing of the title's original icon, Rudy Ray Moore, comes the modern day homage to Blaxploitation's finest, Black Dynamite.
At first look, I thought it was a parody and not a real film yet one stop to IMDb and that notion was quashed.
African-American action legend Black Dynamite goes after "The Man" for killing his brother Jimmy, pumping heroin into local orphanages and flooding the ghetto with hopped-up malt liquor. Black Dynamite was the one hero willing to fight The Man all the way from the blood-soaked city streets to the hallowed halls of the Honky House.
It's complete with all the usual 70's Afro B-Film references, Karate-Pimps-Vigilantes-Drug Dealers-Car Crashes & Bitches Galore!
What's especially stellar about this tribute is the cast:
Michael Jai White of Spawn fame [who also wrote the screenplay,] Tommy Davidson of In Living Color, Talk Show luminary Arsenio Hall, Singer Brian McKnight, NBA Alumni John Salley, Mad TV's Nicole Sullivan, Comedic Genius Kym Whitley, Bokeem Woodbine of Dead Presidents and Mykelti Williamson of Waiting To Exhale.
Although less politically charged than the seminal films of Gordon Parks or Melvin Van Peebles, Black Dynamite is sure to inspire the younger set to explore their works and the fine soundtracks that accompanied them.
I'm not too down with the film's Music Supervisor or the Director, neither have a great legacy behind their craft yet I have hope it will all work out in the end...
Here's the trailer: