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BadAzz MoFo’s Blaxploitation Archive – LIVE AND LET DIE

February 12, 2018

LIVE AND LET DIE1973 director: Guy Hamilton; starring: Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Seymour, Gloria Hendry, Geoffrey Holder, Julius Harris For the better part of a decade the James Bond films set the standard for action and adventure films. Based on Ian Fleming’s popular books, the film franchise launched in 1962 with DR. NO, and…

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Movie Poster of the Week – ESCAPE FROM THE BRONX

February 12, 2018

BadAzz MoFo’s celebration of the art of the movie poster (though not necessarily the movie itself). Last week, we showcased director Enzo G. Castellari’s 1990: The Bronx Warriors. And now we have Escape from the Bronx (a.k.a. The Bronx Warriors 2), Castellari’s sequel to what seemed like a terrible film, until you compared it to…

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BadAzz MoFo’s Blaxploitation Archive – KILL SQUAD

February 11, 2018

KILL SQUAD 1982 director: Patrick G. Donahue starring: Cameron Mitchell in a cameo and a bunch of people you’ve probably never heard of Okay…I know…this isn’t really a blaxploitation movie. At the same time, it isn’t really that much of a martial arts movie – which is what is was sold as being – so,…

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BadAzz MoFo’s Blaxploitation Archive – JOSHUA

February 10, 2018

JOSHUA (a.k.a. Joshua: The Black Rider) 1976 director: Larry Spangler; starring Fred Williamson Some evil racists make the mistake of killing Civil War veteran Joshua’s (Fred “the Hammer” Williamson) momma. In the process of killin’ Momma Hammer, they also kidnap the wife of the white man that she worked for. Now, I don’t need to…

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BadAzz MoFo’s Blaxploitation Archive – IF HE HOLLERS, LET HIM GO!

February 9, 2018

IF HE HOLLERS, LET HIM GO!(a.k.a. Dead Right; Night Hunt) 1968 director: Charles Martin; starring: Raymond St. Jacques, Dana Wynter, Kevin McCarthy, Barbara McNair First things first: whatever you do, don’t confuse this movie with the Chester Himes novel of the same name. It would be easy to make that assumption, especially since star Raymond…

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BadAzz MoFo’s Blaxploitation Archive – THE HARDER THEY COME

February 8, 2018

THE HARDER THEY COME 1973 director: Perry Henzell; starring Jimmy Cliff Reggae was just beginning to become a recognizable sound on the global music scene, and blaxploitation was already in full swing in 1973 when this little film from Jamaica landed in theatres. Few people ever refer to it as a blaxploitation flick, even though…

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BadAzz MoFo’s Blaxploitation Archive – GANJA & HESS

February 7, 2018

GANJA & HESS (a.k.a. Black Vampire, Blood Couple, Double Possession, Black Out) – 1973 director: Bill Gunn; starring: Duane Jones, Marlene Clark, Bill Gunn As of this moment, I’ve seen Ganja & Hess—or some facsimile of Ganja & Hess —at least six times. To be honest, it’s difficult to place an exact number on how…

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BadAzz MoFo’s Blaxploitation Archive – THE FINAL COMEDOWN (a.k.a. Blast)

February 6, 2018

THE FINAL COMEDOWN (a.k.a. Blast) 1972 director: Oscar Williams; starring: Billy Dee Williams, D’Urville Martin, Raymond St. Jacques Acclaimed director Jules Dassian’s politically charged 1968 film UPTIGHT was in many ways the precursor to what would become the blaxploitation film. With an all-star cast, and a focus on the black militancy of the late 1960s,…

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Movie Poster of the Week – 1990: THE BRONX WARRIORS

February 5, 2018

BadAzz MoFo’s celebration of the art of the movie poster (though not necessarily the movie itself). The other day I was having a conversation with someone about movie poster art, and how we seldom get to see posters that are illustrated these days. Most of the time we see nothing more than montage images thrown…

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BadAzz MoFo’s Blaxploitation Archive – Jamaa Fanaka’s EMMA MAE (a.k.a. Black Sister’s Revenge)

February 5, 2018

EMMA MAE (a.k.a. Black Sister’s Revenge) 1975 director: Jamaa Fanaka; starring: Jerri Hayes When you sit down to watch a Jamaa Fanaka film you have to know there’s more going on than meets the eye. On the surface Fanaka makes films that some people might argue look a bit like crap–technical ineptitude, bad acting, and…

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