Tuesday, March 8, 2011


The film Black Dynamite, written by and starring martial artist Michael Jai White, parodies blaxploitation films of the 1970s. It replicates many of the characteristics of the low budget films it parodies, such as shoddy 16MM camera work, continuity errors, and botched dialog. Infinitely quotable, the movie's incredibly clever script pokes fun at corny 70s flicks while maintaining an impressive (and hilarious) self-awareness. More relevant to this class, the film features very funny scenes of violence. I don't want to butcher the comedy by over-analyzing it, so check out the attached clip, and enjoy. If you can't find the funny, find a sense of humor.

1 comment:

  1. I've always loved martial arts movies since i was a kid. The horrible dialog, the mistimed subtitles and cliche story line are the defining characteristics of the genre. As with Tarantino and Rodriguez's Grindhouse double feature Black Dynamite is paying homage to a genre that has come to be defined by it's shortcomings.This proves the adage that something can be so bad that it becomes good.


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