Decades before Wonder Woman made her feature film debut and the all-female Dora Milaje fighting force was introduced to movie audiences in BLACK PANTHER (2018), Tamara Dobson was winning hearts and kicking-ass with her powerful portrayal of Cleopatra Jones. Released by Warner Bros. in 1973, CLEOPATRA JONES was the studio’s big-budget response to a slew … Continue reading Three Reasons to Spend Time with Cleopatra Jones
Movies and pulp fiction share a long, rich, and complicated history that deserves more consideration and thoughtful examination. A new book recently released by PM Press and edited by Andrew Nette and Iain McIntyre does just that. Sticking it to the Man: Revolution and Counterculture in Pulp and Popular Fiction, 1950-1980 is dedicated to examining … Continue reading Book Review: Sticking it to the Man: Revolution and Counterculture in Pulp and Popular Fiction, 1950-1980
Links to some of the writing I did for TCM's Movie Morlocks blog in Jan. & Feb. Jan. 7: William Cameron Menzies: Chandu the Magician (1932) Excerpt: "In recent weeks, you might have heard about the upcoming Doctor Strange film currently scheduled for release in November of 2016. The news caught my attention because I’ve … Continue reading Jan. & Feb. 2016 at TCM’s Movie Morlocks
The last couple of months have been extremely difficult. In between doctor's appointments while dealing with some eye problems I suffered a major shake up in the Napa earthquake, which did a lot of damage to my home & neighborhood. Naturally this impaired my writing but I still managed to compile a few articles for … Continue reading August & September at the Movie Morlocks
Pam Grier in Coffy (1973) This week I'm taking a mini vacation. I can't afford to go anywhere but I'm planning on unplugging at home and relaxing. Before I disappear I thought I'd mention a new website that I recently linked to: The Museum of Uncut Funk. The site is run by Sista ToFunky who … Continue reading The Museum of Uncut Funk
I haven't had much free time lately but last weekend I set aside one afternoon to do some end of the summer reading and one of the books I enjoyed was Mike White's Impossibly Funky: A Cashiers du Cinemart Collection. The book is a great read and I think anyone who appreciates the variety of … Continue reading Impossibly Funky Fresh and Dope
Trina Parks in Diamonds Are Forever (1971) I recently had the opportunity to interview the actress Trina Parks who appeared in the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and the fascinating blaxploitation movie Darktown Strutters (1975). Trina was really fun to talk to and I learned a lot about her during our exchange. You … Continue reading Talking With Trina
When it comes to blaxploitation horror films, the genre doesn’t get much better than Sugar Hill (1974) and I’m happy that I finally got the opportunity to see this low-budget gem a few weeks ago. The plot is rather simple and involves a beautiful and tough fashion photographer who goes by the same of Diana … Continue reading Sugar Hill (1974)
I recently got the chance to watch the terrific William Witney film Darktown Strutters (a.k.a. Get Down and Boogie, 1975) and really enjoyed it. Witney started directing action films and westerns in the '30s and he's now mostly remembered for the popular television serials he directed. One of the last films he made was the … Continue reading Super Sisters On Cycles!
My favorite Diana Ross film is coming to DVD on May 1st and I'm really looking forward to it! Mahogany (1975) is classic 1970s camp that features some of the decade's most awe inspiring fashions and great over-the-top performances. If you haven't had the pleasure of experiencing Mahogany for yourself, you're in for a real … Continue reading Mahogany Coming to DVD May 1st!
No, I'm not talking about that new over hyped Tarantino/Rodriguez flick that critics are drooling over and will no doubt be #10 on the IMDb Top 250 movie list by Monday. Who needs phony scratches on a 50 million dollar movie when you can watch the real thing? Believe me when I tell you that … Continue reading My Grindhouse Double Feature