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Date Movie Of The Week – Black Dynamite

October 19, 2009

I can’t wait to see this film. If you’re taking a date to a movie likes this, and she’s actually looking forward to seeing it, enjoys herself and doesn’t call this an excuse to drag you to a romantic tearjerker next time you go out, that’s the kind of date you want to take out again.

Black Dynamite is a retro comedy that is a parody of the infamous 1970’s Blaxploitation films. It was released and widely praised at the Sundance Film Festival this year, and is presently enjoying a limited release in major US cities before hopefully rolling out across the country in the near future. While I have yet to see it, the reviews all look good (see below) and the film itself seems to be finding mainstream appeal and praise among those who lived through and liked the genre over 30 years ago, as well as those who enjoy the genre with cult-like passion. Perhaps the thing that comes across best in this movie is its attention to detail. The key virtue that critics are pointing to is how painstaking the details are inserted into this film to give it a perfectly 70’s, low-budget feel. They need to be exceptionally professional to make the film look so amateur.

The website describes the film:

When “The Man” murders his brother, pumps heroin into local orphanages, and floods the ghetto with adulterated malt liquor, Black Dynamite is the one hero willing to fight all the way from the blood-soaked city streets to the hallowed halls of the Honky House.

Moviesonline.ca gave Black Dynamite 8 / 10 stars. Hopefully there will be more reviews available after the film opens in more cities.

Boxoffice.com gave is 3.5 / 5 stars:

Reminiscent of the web-video smash The Italian Spiderman in its satire of pre-feminist low-budget macho action flicks, Black Dynamite would be a hilarious movie even if it weren’t so well made and thorough. But White and his collaborators, especially director Scott Sanders, must have watched and re-watched every blaxploitation movie ever made a hundred times to get the style, tone and production limitations of those old camp classics so unerringly right. As a bonus, White is also a pretty amazing fight choreographer and martial artist, and as Dynamite kicks and chops his way through a b-movie dictionary of cheesy star-filters, Jheri-Curl hairdos, ersatz Curtis Mayfield protest funk, continuity errors and microphones that make their way into the shot, White is also giving a marvelous and acrobatic display of the gifts of a born action star.

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