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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Car Wash (1976)

  • Richard Pryor
  • Franklyn Ajaye
  • Darrow Igus
  • Otis Day
  • Antonio Fargas
  • The Pointer Sisters
  • George Carlin
  • Clarence Muse
  • Tracy Reed
  • Bill Duke
Car Wash is about a close-knit group of black employees who one day have all manner of strange visitors coming onto their forecourt, including Richard Pryor as a preaching 'wonder-man' who is loved by most but loathed by one, and a man who looks like a thief by the way he is holding his bottle, but it is really his urine sample as he is off to the hospital. T.C's love life takes a turn for the better and the songs keep coming. A day in the life of the employees at a Los Angeles car wash. Not all of the employees are black, there's a Mexican American and a Native American also out on the line. The man with the pop bottle is not thought to be a thief, but a madman known as "the pop
bottle bomber". The chase around the car wash with the pop bottle and the scene with the "mummy" in the car are two classic scenes. Richard Pryor as the money-hungry preacher "Daddy Rich" is losely based on a famous Los Angeles money-hungry preacher from the 1970's. One of the DJ's heard in the movie is J.J. Jackson who later went on to be one of the orginal MTV Vee-Jays in the early 1980's.

Link to soundtrack review:
Rose Royce-Car Wash (1976)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Various Artist - Soul In The Hole (1997)

1. Game of Life [Score] - Dead Prez
2. Diesel - Method Man, Ol' Dirty Bastard, RZA, Raekwon, U-God, John Wallace, Wu-Tang Clan 3. Against the Grain - Sauce Money
4. Ride - M.O.P.
5. You Ain't a Killer - Big Punisher
6. Los Angeles Times - Xzibit
7. Main Aim - The Dwellas
8. Rare Species [Modus Operandi] - Mobb Deep
9. High Expectations - Common
10. Child Is Born - Brand Nubian
11. Won on Won - Cocoa Brovaz
12. Soul in the Hole - Dreddy Kruger, Killa Sin, Shyheim, Timbo King, Wu All Stars
13. Visions of Blur - Darc Mind
14. Late Night Action - Boku Rule, Cairo, Organized Konfusion
15. Your Life - O.C., U Nasty

Classic! A well put together soundtrack from some of the most prestigious pioneers of hip-hop. Every song flows perfectly and the lyrics are grade "A" quality. For my true hip-hoppers this a must have.

Various Artist - I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)

1 - The Gap Band - I'm Gonna Git You Sucka
2 - Four Tops With Aretha Franklin - If I Ever A Love There Was
3 - Jermaine Jackson - Clean Up Your Act
4 - Jennifer Holliday - Magic Man
5 - Curtis Mayfield With Fishbone - He's A Flyguy
6 - K-9 Posse - This Beat Is Military
7 - Too Nice - Two Can Play The Game
8 - Boogie Down Productions - Jack Of Spades
9 - The Gap Band - You're So Cute
10 - The Friends Of Distinction - Grazing In The Grass

A solid soundtrack for the fans. Contains Curtis Mayfield's "He's A Fly Guy", which if I'm a not mistaken it was only released on this soundtrack. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988)


  • Keenen Ivory Wayans
  • Bernie Casey
  • Antonio Fargas
  • Steve James
  • Isaac Hayes
  • Jim Brown
  • Ja'net DuBois
  • Dawnn Lewis
  • John Vernon
  • Clu Gulager
  • Kadeem Hardison
  • Damon Wayans
  • George James
  • Marc Figueroa
  • Robert Colbert
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) was Keenan Ivory Wayans directorial debut. He also wrote and stars in this production. Keenan stars as Jack Spade an ex-veteran who returns home after a stint in the army. The death of his younger brother June-Bug Spade and the vicious "assault" on his mother by two local thugs (Damon Wayans and Kardeem Hardison) causes Jack to wage war on the criminal elements in his neighborhood. But he's going to need help toppling the evil Mister Big (John Vernon). So he enlists the help of the former local crime fighter Slade (Bernie Casey) and his co-horts Hammer, Slammer and Kung-Fu Joe (Jim Brown, Issac Hayes and Steven James). Will these vigilantes be enough to end the crime spree of Mister Big? A flat out funny film from Keenan Ivory Wayans. Not only did this film jump start all of these older actors careers, but it was popular enough to warrant a series pilot (a t.v. remake of this film called Slade, Hammer and Slammer) and it helped the Wayans create another show for Fox called In Living Color. The rest is history.

The Big Bird Cage (1972)

  • Pam Grier
  • Anitra Ford
  • Candice Roman
  • Teda Bracci
  • Carol Speed
  • Karen McKevic
Roger Corman's third WIP (women in chains) movie is in my humble opinion the best film in the subgenre; a sort of slimy magnum opus. There is something here to offend all kinds of viewers. Jack Hill wrote and directed the film and he pretty much creates the ultimate word in misogynous sleaziness. Despite the high level of cruelty, the tone of the movie remains self-spoofing, and a bit reverential. Neither Hill nor the cast seem to be taken the movie seriously, so I don't see why anyone should take it seriously either. Anitra Ford is the nominal star and she cannot say a single line with a straight face. The same goes for the rest of the cast. Pam Grier (she also sings here) and Sid Haig steal many scenes as a couple of revolutionaries. Gratuitous violence and nudity, and even a bit of animal cruelty, will keep viewers glued to the screen while the story moves at unbelievably fast pace. It just does not get better than this. It is a lot of fun.

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