It’s a crazy, mixed up world and we are thankful for movies, excluding The Tooth Fairy starring The Rock, that offer proof. /Film’s Weekend Weirdness examines such flicks, whether in the form of a new trailer for a provocative indie, a mini review, or an interview.
It’s rare when the marketing campaign for an indie movie has a celebratory feel, clearly organized by a team as psyched on the feature as they hope the recipient will be. Soon after learning of Black Dynamite last year, several packages arrived at my home/office in correlation with its theatrical release. They contained quality tees—one read “Fight Smack In The Orphanage” in bold-ass white-on-black CAPS—along with a high concept soundtrack and a media kit ribboned and accented with a syringe pen. For months thereafter, director and co-writer Scott Sanders seemed to personally and tirelessly push Dynamite to every white sucka on Internet Geek Street. It was admirable, considering that his second feature film was indeed a pretty fun, meticulously designed hat tip to the Afro-Fu era of Dolemite.
The film is also a stable showcase for Sanders’s pal Michael Jai White (Spawn, The Dark Knight) to launch a renewed case for chiseled action stardom, and a welcome invite for underseen talents like Tommy Davidson and Arsenio Hall to get retarded. Oh, and if you ever wondered about the true origin of chicken and waffles? That’s in there too. During an absurd week that saw oversensitive Twitterers erupt over the existence of soul food, what better film and DVD to welcome Black History Month? Slashfilm’s Weekend Weirdness asked Sanders a few questions about Dynamite’s future as a CIA agent-cum-VietNam veteran-cum-inner city exterminator of “jive ass” dummies. (Note: NSFW movie stills after the jump.)
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“But Black Dynamite, I sell drugs to the community.” With this new red band trailer, Black Dynamite officially blazes its way onto the Most Anticipated List. Way back in July, the buzzing stealth passion project from writer/director, Scott Sanders, and writer/star, Michael Jai White, miraculously won me over by making exhausted, semi-ironic blaxploitation homage seem fresh again. Since that time, Rudy Ray Moore kicked the bucket, we elected a half-black president and the good peoples at New York’s Ars Nova Entertainment just informed me that their film has been accepted by Sundance. Disclaimer: They also sent over some motherfucking swag.
Ditching the previous red band’s ghetto-projector flicker, the new one favors crisp, soul-glo visuals, a kilo of chopsockey goodness and a cameo by Captain Kangeroo. We also get a nekkid bevy of porn superbirds, including corpse-loving Charlotte Stokely, Arsenio Hall disguised with a terrible wig, little kids shooting heron, and proto-Mylanta thug, Mike Starr, screaming. A release date is not locked in. Stay tuned.
Discuss: That Star Trek trailer can eat it.
From Spike Jonze’s “Sabotage” to PTA’s Angels Live in My Town to the full-on grindhouse wave, the ship for ironic urban ‘sploitation needs to sail already. We’ll make an exception for the new Dolemite trailer because it has laser beams, but that’s it. Let it rest. Okay, um, we might need to make another exception. The trailer for this year’s Black Dynamite—off the map, much?—hints at an entire film that genuinely looks as if it played during the days when Tarantino’s and Wu-Tang’s sneakers used to stick to seedy theater floors. And we’re not exaggerating, take a look. That is a pretty difficult aesthetic to pull off in 2008 without looking like a jackass. Even the cast looks of the era.
The film’s writer/director is Scott Sanders, who previously helmed an obscuro Alec Baldwin flick, but c’mon, is that really a strike against? Michael Jai White, who has a role in The Dark Knight, played Spawn and had a cut part in Kill Bill, stars as the titular kung-fu fighting Shaft-like badass. His co-stars include Arsenio Hall as a man named Tasty Freeze, Tommy Davidson as Cream Corn, Sk8rboi porn starlet Charlotte Stokely, and martial artist Roger Yuan. How about a bowl of Totally Random? Here’s the logline…
“This is the story of 1970s African-American action legend Black Dynamite. The Man killed his brother, pumped heroin into local orphanages, and flooded the ghetto with adulterated malt liquor. Black Dynamite was the one hero willing to fight The Man all the way from the blood-soaked city streets to the hallowed halls of the Honky House”
A quick look around the Web shows that followers of Black Dynamite are pretty damn excited (also: it has followers), and little tidbits from the talent involved imply that it’s a super-coiled passion project that’s ready to strike outta nowhere. So, what do you think? And yeah yeah yeah, today’s red band trailer for Larry Bishop’s Hell Ride doesn’t look too shabby either (even though Peter gave it, like, a zero).
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Black Dynamite opens sometime this year.
via Cinema Suicide (and thanks to Zach)