Thursday, June 24, 2010

A Blaxploitation Cocktail to get you in the mood for tomorrow's BMN!

Tomorrow night, Ye Olde Schlockologist will celebrate the most bad-assed sub-genre in American Cinema with an educational discourse on Blaxploitation--and spiffy visual aids to boot! Enclosed please find a couple of things to get you into the mood:

The trailer for the Pam Grier vehicle, Foxy Brown:

...and the thoroughly awesome Blacula:

For follow-up study (and a couple of token plugs):

Two key figures in black cinema passed away in the last couple of years. They led interesting lives, and made invaluable contributions to Bizarro cinema. You can read about Tamara Dobson (Cleopatra Jones herself) with a click here; and Isaac Hayes (the God behind the Shaft soundtrack, and the title character in the film Truck Turner) by clicking here.

Last but not least, the man widely credited with starting the entire 'Blaxploitation' revolution in the 1970's was writer/director Melvin van Peebles. An interview--and detailed overview of van Peebles' life and career--can be accessed by clicking here.

Be at the Aster tomorrow, Fiends, Neighbors, and Suckas!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Next Bizarro Movie Night: Friday June 25

Hello, Fiends and Neighbors! The finest Cinema Appreciation Educational series in Ballard is returning this Friday!

Apologies for the lack of Bizarro-ness of late: Ye Olde Schlockologist has been up to his chin in SIFF film coverage, all of which can be seen at the (the most Bizarro-worthy bits would probably be--pimpery alert--the interview with giallo-horror-art film Amer's directors Bruno Forzani and Helene Cattet, and the soon-to-be-posted interview with the director and star of Ticked Off Trannies with Knives!)

But the big, immediate news is this Friday's Bizarro-palooza, an educational treatise on Urban Action Cinema of the 1970's (that'd be Blaxploitation, brothers and sisters). Ye Olde Schlockologist's lecture on this cinematic movement will be followed by an educational screening of one of the finest examples of the genre.

More on this most bad-assed of cinema muthas (shut your mouth) in the coming days. BE THERE!