Redd Foxx is undeniably one of the most influential comedians of the 20th Century and the star of the one of the most beloved 70s sitcoms - Sanford & Son - but his move into feature films is lackluster, at best.
The biting satire of 1970s WATERMELON MAN and the captivating lead performances of Godfrey Cambridge and Estelle Parsons cannot be denied. The direction of Melvin Van Peeples, however, is once again a bone of contention on the Mission.
Vince and Len review COOL BREEZE, the 1972 heist film remake of 1950's The Asphalt Jungle, with Thalmus Rasulala and Raymond St. Jacque and the indelible Judy Pace.
Ossie Davis directs J.E. Franklin's Off-Broadway critically acclaimed family drama, touching on multiple generations of black womanhood under one roof. A good story let down by poor direction.
Diana Ross gives an Academy Award nominated performance, Bill Dee Williams smolders on screen and Richard Pryor crackles in the only biopic of the legendary Billie Holiday. That’s what the critics say. Vince and Len have ‘other thoughts’ on the matter.
Multimedia journalist BOBBI BOOKER was only too happy to hop onto the Mission to talk about Cleavon Little, Mel Brooks, race, beans and one of her favorite movies - 1974's BLAZING SADDLES.
Vince and Len spend an awful lot of time on emails, The Five Heartbeat rumors, Widows, Thanksgiving stuffing and whole lot of other stuff but eventually they have no choice but to stand toe-to-toe with The Six Thousand Dollar Nigger from 1978.
PARENTAL ADVISORY - Adult Content at the end of the broadcast after the credits.
EXPLICIT CONTENT - The Micheaux Men return to Butch & Coco's in Brooklyn to chat about Samuel Jackson, the D.O.C., who be a 'dandy' and much more four-letter insanity - including 1975's Dolemite - with actors/best friends DORIAN MISSICK (Luke Cage) and OMAR DORSEY (Halloween).
Sidney Poitier and Bill Cosby star before the camera for the final time in the uneven, unfocused comedy crime caper (a cromedy?) A PIECE OF THE ACTION from 1977 and co-starring Denise Nicholas, a young Sheryl Lee Ralph and James Earl Jones.
AUDIO PROBLEMS AHEAD - Len and a poorly mic'd Vince gush all over the 1975 Sidney Poitier - Bill Cosby action comedy that features John Amos in beast mode and Jimmy Walker in least mode.
Len and Vince return to the Mission and are met by the pleasant surprise of warm regards and emails from the audience and a really well made piece of blaxploitation called SUGAR HILL.
Vince and Len return to live radio (and recorded podcast) with Missionary love for The Brooklyn Tapes and the 1974 love letter to the 'Chitlin' Circuit and the final film of the groundbreaking and legendary Moms Mabley, Stan Nathan and Matt Robinson's AMAZING GRACE.
After reading their feedback from the Missionaries, Vince leads Len into a dissection of the loosely science fictional blaxploitation flick WELCOME HOME, BROTHER CHARLES.
Sidney Poitier brings his A-game and his checkbook to the under appreciated BROTHER JOHN, an interesting drama from 1971 that has resonance that continues to shine today. Or so we think.
RICHARD PRYOR has his name above the title and leading our review of 1977's WHICH WAY IS UP? costarring the underrated Lonette McKee and Margaret Avery. Plus A Wrinkle in Time vs Black Panther, Duck-Duck-Hen, The Missicks and 'passing for Indian.'
By popular demand, CHARMEL SIPPIO (Black and Syndicated) and JORDAN KAUWLING (VerySmartBrothas.com) return to the Mission to relate their feelings about Black Panther overall and Michael B Jordan specifically and to help commemorate Vince & Len's move to The Podglomerate Network on their momentous 100th episode where they review the cult classic THE WIZ.
Important film in Black cinema history? One's hard-on fever dream? Vince & Len make their arguments; you decide. One thing they agree on: LIVING SINGLE IS BACK!
Gretjen Clausing of PhillyCAM's Pulling Focus brings depth, insight and discipline to the Mission plus good vibrations with a beat as she joins the Men in a review of WATTSTAX, the celebratory concert film featuring Issac Hayes, the Staple Singers, Richard Pryor and a funky chicken called Rufus.
The Men get a welcome response to their Facebook group debut, including some celebrity feedback (oooh!) before - regrettably - getting down to the business of reviewing the rushed sequel to 1972's noble attempt at blaxploitation horror.
William Marshall strikes an imposing yet regal figure at the titular vampire of this blaxploitation classic that shamefully misses its mark but not without the actors giving their all. Most of them, anyway.