Counter culture animator Ralph Bakshi mixes live action with incendiary cartoon images to create a daring controversial satire on African American life in the big city...or is it a stab into the gut of great mafia romance of the seventies? Or is it just a mess and a miss? The Men of Micheaux discuss, for your edutainment.
Vince is off buying a home but the Mission continues with comedian Darryl Charles and his special selection to kick off LISTENER MOVIE MONTH - 2009's blaxploitation parody superb BLACK DYNAMITE, starring Michael Jai White, Salli Richardson, Tommy Davidson, Byron Minns, Kym Whitley and a host of cameos, quotes and mind numbing kung-fu hilarity.
It's the 50th stop on the Micheaux Mission so Vince and Len make it a big one, with a review of one of the seminal films of black cinema in the last 30 years - Robert Townsend's THE FIVE HEARTBEATS (1991). First they chat about songs that could/should be movies, read listener feedback and share the world's greatest iTunes review with one another.
Yup! It's 'Hollywood' from Ava DuVernay's hit OWN network drama 'Queen Sugar' - OMAR DORSEY - chatting with the Men about A Face In The Crowd, the lure of 'the Howard Woman', his time as America's 'Cookie', the amazing Tommy Davidson and Savion Glover, the Spike influence and his yearly devotion to the dark satire, 2000's Bamboozled. PLUS - more loveliness from songstress Carmen Rodgers!
Mixologist SUMMER WILLOW FITCH tosses together a delish concoction called Mo' Better (an adult drink or so I'm told) and joins the Men for a review of 1990's Spike Lee sexy drama MO' BETTER BLUES, starring Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes and introducing Cynda Williams.
The Men announce the next celebrity jumping onboard the Mission to pull a spike out of the rails before they settle in for a historic review of the oldest Black film written, produced and directed by our namesake, the legendary Oscar Micheaux, titled WITHIN OUR GATES from 1920.
Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long and yes, THE Vanessa Williams give the performances of their careers in a film that helped shaped the future of black cinema for the early 2000s (for good and bad) - writer/director George Tillman's delectable SOUL FOOD.
The Men sat down and watched Carl Weathers, Craig T. Nelson, Vanity and a car get upstaged by a not-yet-fully-formed Sharon Stone and lived to tell the story. And oh what a story their review of ACTION JACKSON turns out to be!
If it wasn't for Vince's requesting this movie for his birthday, Len would have seen Tyler Perry's TEMPTATION and would've spared himself the outrage that the reprehensibly bad film spawned inside of him.
SIMONE MISSICK (Marvel's Luke Cage) sits down with the Men to discuss each and every theme, meme, line of dialogue, actor and actress and musical Easter eggs that make COMING TO AMERICA the most beloved Eddie Murphy movie of them all.
The Men get warm and comfy with SIMONE MISSICK of Netflix & Marvell's Luke Cage for a freewheeling energetic chat about Deltas, sorrow, Detroit Love (Hey Crown!), Aretha shade, pork, minks at the laundromat and much much more including SIMONE MISSICK JOINS THE TRIBBLE NATION! Plus, Len discovers CARMEN RODGERS!
Here's a little story of how Martin and Sharon of the Cinemosity podcast on the Nerdy Little Secret network chose to review a blaxploitation horror flick starring 'Preacher' of Cooley High thinking it was one thing and come out of their convo with Men thinking something else. Kinda. Sorta. Just listen.
The Graveyard Shift Sister herself - ASHLEE - returns to lead Len and Vince in a spirited review of Rusty Cundieff and Darin Scott's TALES FROM THE HOOD . For more Ashlee, check out her podcast GIRLS WILL BE GHOULS
Technical difficulties can't keep the Men of Micheaux from their appointed duty to review emails and critique director Bill Gunn's intriguing 'vampire' urban-gothic Ganja & Hess. And who else to critique it with than the person who brought it to our attention, Ashlee of the Girls Will Be Ghouls podcast and Graveyardshift Sisters.
The Men begin a month of Black Horror Films with 1990's bloody tale of lust, sin and...AIDS? Kadeem Hardison, Bill Nunn and Samuel Jackson try to salvage James Bond III's directorial debut.
Acclaimed actors Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo lend immense prestige to director Mira Nair's heartfelt sports drama but it is Madina Nalwanga and the first time acting children of this beautiful, humble and dangerous city in Africa who bring the #1 spice for sure! Walt Disney should be proud. Featuring Young Cardamom & HAB - #1 Spice
Listener feedback, winning iTunes comments, a running commentary and the coolest man ever to walk the planet. COTTON COMES TO HARLEM in 1970 with smoothness and wit following close behind.
Comedian Chris Rock casts himself as a comic slash actor who has lost his way in the Hollywood machine through no fault but his own struggling to swim in self redemptive waters as reporter Rosario Dawson paddles nearby with a life preserver. The romantic comedy / satire / tour de force that _______________ was born to play.
The episode has listener email, Twitter commentary, several huge announcements, impromptu guest appearances from Tribbles with Red Capes and a critical look at a quirky piece of cinema from Ossie Davis - PURLIE VICTORIOUS.