All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. The Department of Afro American Research, Arts and Culture makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Hav Plenty (1997)

  • Christopher Scott Cherot
  • Chenoa Maxwell
  • Tammi Katherine Jones
Chris Cherot's first feature is an indication of good things to come. While lacking what most independent films lack--namely money--Cherot manages to offer a witty and somewhat unconventional look at romance and the often ambiguous values of the Black middle class. You will inevitably want to see this film again. With each viewing you will notice another nuance of the intense passion between the unassuming Lee Plenty (Christopher Cherot) and the pretentious Havilland Savage (Chenoa Maxwell). You will find yourself refreshed by this film's honesty, good humor, and the ultimate triumph of true love.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Red Ink (2000)

  • Davi Jay
  • Clarence Whitmore
  • Diego Villarreal Garcia
I just watched a DVD the day before yesterday called Atlanta Murders but here its called Red Ink.I know its the same one because I remembered the name Debbie Flowers-I mean what a Hell of a name that is!! I get DVDs for very little-sometimes for nothing-and any I don't like go the Age Concern because I do a lot for charity. This however is a keeper as its subject matter is pretty frightening stuff which smacks of the German and Japanese medical experiments of the 1930s and 1940s.. Its like the mad scientist syndrome here-a belief that by extracting fluid from the testicles speeds up the ageing process for the "patient" and slow it down for the ones who are innoculated Maybe thats why George Bush doesn't look his age! Anyway I usually like the True Story type and this I found quite adequate as it slowly builds up into not just unsolved murders but the reason why they're unsolved. Read between the lines and its a Government Cover Up!! And the reason? Because "George Bush doesn't like black people"!!! Yes this is frightening stuff when you realise the "operations" have probably been conducted without anaesthetic and the mind boggles when you also realise that this is the body's most sensitive area.The pain must have hit the threshold. This much IS true.

Strip Search (1997)

  • Michael ParĂ©
  • Pam Grier
  • Lucie Laurier
Robby Durrell is the prince of the vice squad. A man who's seen it all and done a little of it too. But when the enchanting Sela hires him to help track down her stripper-stepdaughter, Robby learns there's more to Sela than meets the eye.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Get Down On It (2001)

  • Mac Bootsie
  • Genieve Perrin
  • Bruce Petty
This movie has to be, along with Hell 2 Tha Naw (2001), one of the two most insanely ghetto (fabulous) urban comedies that I've seen. The plot revolves around the trial and travails of Kinky and Ta-Ta, two best friends and self described "hoochies," who make a bet with one another to see who can land a sugar daddy first. One of the conditions is that he have some ends ("He gotta make cheese, and I don't mean no government cheese") and that he lives in a "mansion" (which by Kinky and Ta-Ta's standards means at least 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.) Anyhow, newly imbued with a sense of purpose, they set out to the club to begin their quest. One comedic subplot involves the seemingly innocent white girl from the nicer side of town that Kinky hires to watch her three kids when she goes out, who turns into quite the hoochie mama herself as soon as she's left alone, immediately opening the house up as a nightclub and charging neighborhood youths 5 bucks a head to get in. Meanwhile, back at the club, Kinky & Ta-Ta are harangued by a procession of horny males, including a pip-squeak pimp and a smooth, lover-man R&B singer names Rocky (who turns out to have a Tarzan fetish, in one of the funnier scenes of the movie.) One of the men turns out to not be such a bad guy, and is able to successfully woo Kinky in the days following their encounter at the club. Although he doesn't make the cheese just yet, he's an aspiring fashion designer, whose "Weird Wear" label has, presumably, yet to take off. But he's into Kinky for Kinky, not just for sex, and will accept her, warts and all. This causes Kinky to reconsider her bet with Ta-Ta, which in turn leads to the big dramatic falling out scene ("I don't wanna be a hoochie no more! I don't even wanna be called Kinky no more!") What will happen? Will there be wedding bells in Kinky's future? I'll say no more, other than that I loved every minute of it. Although it was seemingly shot on a VHS camcorder, with a budget of food stamps, the lo-fi charm of it all comes through, and there are actually some pretty funny bits to boot. Check it out if you're a fan of low-budget urban comedies.

Visit the Museum of Black Cult Cinema for additional information and digital media.