Archive for December, 2009

BAMF Blaxploitation Archive – VELVET SMOOTH

December 28, 2009

velvetBAMF’s Blaxploitation Archive is a collection of reviews originally written in the 1990s that appeared in the pages of BadAzz MoFo. This review and many others have been reprinted and collected in BadAzz MoFo’s Book of Blaxploitation, Volume One, which is now available for purchase.

VELVET SMOOTH 1976 director Michael Fink, starring: Johnnie Hill, Owen Wat-son (I swear, that’s how he spelled), and a bunch of people you’ve never heard of (and deservedly so) (more…)

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BAMF Blaxploitation Archive – THE THING WITH TWO HEADS

December 28, 2009

thing two headBAMF’s Blaxploitation Archive is a collection of reviews originally written in the 1990s that appeared in the pages of BadAzz MoFo. This review and many others have been reprinted and collected in BadAzz MoFo’s Book of Blaxploitation, Volume One, which is now available for purchase.

THE THING WITH TWO HEADS 1972 director: Lee Frost; starring: Ray Milland, Rosey Grier, Don Marshall, Roger Perry, Chelsea Brown (more…)

BAMF Blaxploitation Archive – BOSS NIGGER

December 27, 2009

BAMF’s Blaxploitation Archive is a collection of reviews originally written in the 1990s that appeared in the pages of BadAzz MoFo. This review and many others have been reprinted and collected in BadAzz MoFo’s Book of Blaxploitation, Volume One, which is now available for purchase.

BOSS NIGGER 1974 (a.k.a. Boss, Black Bounty Hunter, Black Bounty Killer) director: Jack Arnold; starring: Fred Williamson, D’Urville Martin, William Smith (more…)

MSN's Top Films of the Decade

December 22, 2009

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Check out MSN’s Top Films of the Decade. I contributed to the piece with my review of Oldboy (#7 on the list of 12).

T-Shirt of the Week: WEEK 31

December 20, 2009

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Some people believe you can tell a lot about a person by the shoes they wear. I believe you can tell more about a person by the t-shirts they have worn. This is the story of my life, as told by the t-shirts I have worn. (more…)

film review: AVATAR

December 18, 2009

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There’s not much point in reviewing Avatar. People are going to see it and the movie is going to make a ton of money no matter what any critics say, including myself. That said, I guess I should share a few brief thoughts on the film, if for no other reason than I watched it and that’s what I’m supposed to do after I watch any movie. (more…)

Asskicking Jews in Film

December 15, 2009

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Call it inspired timing, or just a coincidence, but here we are, right in the middle of Hanukkah, and this week marks the DVD release of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. For those of you paying attention, I had somewhat mixed feelings about Inglourious Basterds (you can read my review here), and after watching the movie a second time, I definitely did not grow in my appreciation. Still, the parts of the movie that I initially enjoyed remained entertaining—specifically the parts with the kill-crazy Jewish commandos laying waste to Nazi scum. And it was the parts of Inglourious Basterds that I enjoyed the most that got me to thinking about other films with asskicking Jews. By no stretch of the imagination is this a comprehensive list of Jewish Asskicker Films, but it is a little something I threw together for you, my dear and loyal readers. (more…)

dvd review: GRIZZLY

December 9, 2009

grizzly2Welcome to the first in a series of reviews I’ve been threatening to do for many years, but am just now getting around to doing. This is where I take a movie that I saw in my youth—yet have not seen since—and then write some semblance of a review based on what I remember from my childhood. After that, I will rewatch the movie, and write a review based on my thoughts after seeing it for the first time as an adult. I’m not sure why I’m doing this, other than it seems like an interesting experiment (at least for now). (more…)

BAMF Tips for Life: Dealing with Family

December 3, 2009

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This time of year, as I’m sure is the case with many people, I start thinking a lot about my family. Brought about by the holidays—in conjunction with my birthday, as well as the birthday of my father—this is when I become most homesick, nostalgic and prone to long trips down memory lane. Of course, such excursions often gloss over the nightmarish reality of dealing with relatives, which for many is a universal unpleasantness brought about by the holidays. Inevitably, I find myself in conversations with other people, talking about their families, often comparing horror stories and trying to one-up each other in tales of dysfunction and discord, arguing to see who has a crazier family and the more traumatic upbringing. These conversations are usually fun for a while, but often take an uncomfortable turn when I say, “There’s no law that says you have to spend time with the people you’re related to. In fact, I stopped spending the holidays with my extended family years ago.” (more…)