We welcome MIKE DENNIS of ReelBlack TV to not only discuss the insanely perverse DARKTOWN STRUTTERS (to hear HIM tell it) but also to introduce The Micheaux Men to the lovely TRINA PARKS, star of this genuine 70s artifact.
Audio difficulties do not keep the Men of Micheaux + KENNEDY, the one & only Storm Tribble of Black Tribbles, from reviewing the sports comedy of yesteryear starring a suave Billy Dee Williams, a charming Richard Pryor and a young 'untucked' James Earl Jones.
The Men welcome ARIELL JOHNSON, the rock-star owner of Philadelphia's landmark Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, as they sit in astonishment at the heretofore unnoticed fact that 1976's SPARKLE features four - yes, FOUR - of the prettiest women ever to grace the big screen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yaphet Kotto in a comedy. Talented young actors speaking a jive dialect unlike any spoken before. Rudy Ray Moore exists. The Monkey Hustle. What is The Monkey Hustle? The movie doesn't know. Do you?
Tamara Dobson strikes an imposing and sexy figure across the screen as the James Bond-ian special agent named CLEOPATRA JONES, whose mission in 1973 was to bring sisters to the movie theaters with a heroine they can call their own. Bernie Casey, Antonio Vargas and 2-time Academy Award winner Shelly Winters round out the cast of this Warner Brother's 70s treasure.
The welfare system of 1974 plays protagonist to the over-crowded love affair of Claudine and Rupert. Diahann Carroll, James Earl Jones and a young intense Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs star in the authentic romantic 'dramedy' that asks pointed questions filled with unsettling answers.
The Mission kicks off with Vince's favorite movie of all-time - Uptown Saturday Night (1974) in time to reflect on the 70s comedy that showed Sidney Poitier's versatility, Harry Belafonte's comedic chops and Bill Cosby at his grimiest (or so we thought).
MICHEAUX MISSION theme - "Nola" by Bill Lee/Ronnie Dyson