Blaxploitation

Barron Bercovichy – Lialeh (1974)

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Smooth operator Arlo is setting up an erotic musical in NY. Lialeh, a talented girl who wants a singing career and doesn’t mind doing nudity or having sex, joins the show. Funk legend Bernard Purdie and his band play Arlo’s band. Read More »

Matt Cimber – The Black 6 AKA The Black Six (1973)

A black high school student is caught dating a white girl by the girl’s brother. He and his biker gang beat the boy to death. The boy’s brother, who is a member of a black biker gang, hears about it and comes to town to avenge his brother’s death. Read More »

Al Adamson – Mean Mother (1974)

Two Vietnam deserters go their separate ways, become criminals and are eventually reunited. Read More »

Ron Honthaner – The House on Skull Mountain (1974)

Four cousins who have never met are invited by their Great-Grandmother Christophe to visit her mansion outside of Atlanta. When they arrive, they learn she has just died. They stay to hear the reading of her will and soon are being killed off one-by-one with voodoo magic. The survivors try to find the killer before he finishes them all off. Read More »

Melvin Van Peebles – Sweet Sweetback’s Baad Asssss Song (including OST) (1971)

After saving a Black Panther from some racist cops, a black prostitute goes on the run from “the man” with the help of the ghetto community and some disillusioned Hells Angels.

“Run, motherfucker.”

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“Sweetback was politically unacceptable on the one hand, but it made a lot of money on the other. And I thought it was a stroke of genius to suppress the political aspects and highlight the cartoonish aspects, and there you’ve got your blaxploitation. In essence, blaxploitation ushered in a bunch of counterrevolutionary films….The upside was that because the films were so markedly “urban”–and I’m using the code word–they had to use minorities in central roles. So a lot of people got to learn a craft that had always been denied them.” Read More »

Arthur Marks – Friday Foster (1975)

A woman looking for adventure finds romance, excitement and danger in her viewfinder in this action-packed comedy-drama. Friday Foster (Pam Grier) is a beautiful and ambitious young photographer who is working as an assistant at Glance Magazine, edited by the hard-boiled Monk Riley (Julius Harris). When Riley can’t get in touch with his first-call photographer, he calls Foster with a very important New Year’s Eve assignment — reclusive billionaire Blake Tarr (Thalmus Rasulala), often called “the black Howard Hughes,” is expected to be coming to Los Angeles, and Riley wants pictures of Tarr’s arrival. Read More »

Darin Scott – Caught Up (1998)

From imdb:
She caught his eye. He was caught off guard. Now Daryl Allen is caught in the line of fire. After six years behind bars, a reformed street hood(Bokeem Woodbine) puts down his gun and struggles to go legit. But when a beautiful, mysterious young woman gets him involved with a bag of stolen diamonds, corrupt cops and a Jamaican mobster, his dreams for an honest future are shattered by a hail of gunfire. Snoop Doggy Dogg and LL Cool J cameo in this gritty action-thriller, from the producers of “Menace II Society” and “Tales from the Hood”. Read More »