Game Day

Release Date:   10/4/19; Limited (2017 – Original Release)
Genre:   Comedy/Drama
Rating:  NR
Director:  John Susman
Studio(s):   Movie Night Media, Artist View Entertainment
Running Time:  101 mins.
Cast:   Romeo Miller (Lucas), Elizabeth Alderfer (Ricki), Chris Johnson (Victor), Jerod Haynes (Trey), Antoine McKay (Sherman).

Story:   Game Day is a dramatic comedy about Ricki, a socially awkward, self-centered, tech-whiz. Spending other people’s money to create the next big technology company, she works long and crazy hours at the expense of personal relationships and impatient financial backers. When investors pull their money, Ricki’s professional and personal lives are left in ruins.  Struggling to recover, she gets an opportunity at a new technology firm. Despite her hard work, she discovers that people don’t last long in this firm unless they prove themselves a team player with work on behalf of the company’s clients and on the company’s, up till now all-male, basketball team.

Desperate to save her job, she awkwardly tries to hone her skills at a neighborhood basketball court and encounters Lucas, a street-wise high-school kid, who makes shooting hoops look easy.  When Lucas’s advice immediately pays dividends for her play, Ricki offers to pay him for lessons. Although he’s never coached a “girl” or anyone else before, Lucas agrees, sparking a relationship that ultimately changes both of their lives forever.  Source:  Official site, gamedaymovie.com.

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The Human Tornado

a.k.a Dolemite 2
a.k.a Human Tornado

Release Date:  (1976)
Genre:  Action/Comedy
Rating:  R
Director: Cliff Roquemore
Studio(s): Comedian International, Xenon Entertainment Group, Dimension Pictures, Vinegar Syndrome.
Running Time: 98 mins.
Cast:  Rudy Ray Moore (Dolemite), Lady Reed (Queen Bee), Jimmy Lynch (Mr. Motion), Gloria Delaney (Hurricane Annie), J.B. Baron (Sheriff Beatty), Jerry Jones (Detective ‘Pistol Pete’ Blakeley), Herb Graham (Cavaletti), Ernie Hudson (Bo).

Story:  Dolemite (Rudy Ray Moore) is back and badder than ever in THE HUMAN TORNADO! After being run out of town by a racist sheriff, Dolemite returns to LA only to discover that Queen Bee’s (Lady Reed) club has been taken over by the mafia. On top of that they have also kidnapped two of Queen Bee’s top girls! With the law hot on his tail, Dolemite rounds up the toughest Kung-Fu fighting badasses in Southern California to take on the mob, culminating in one of the craziest surprise endings in blaxploitation film history!  Source:  Daarac.org.

Full Synopsis:  In Citronell, Alabama, Dolemite performs his comedy routine to a rapt audience while a scantily-clad woman performs a provocative dance.  Later, Dolemite drives to his hilltop mansion, where a party is in progress.

He leads Mrs. Bently into the bedroom and tells her that he will be with her later. In the living room, a man delivers the bad news that plans to build a home for boys have been abandoned. Dolemite offers his own home to the cause and receives an enthusiastic round of applause. Dolemite returns to the bedroom and tells Mrs. Bently that he needs to “get this shit over with.” She replies, “Dolemite, you’re worth every damn cent I pay you.”

Sheriff Bently and his deputies raid the party.  Party guests Bo, Jimmy and Dough see the police car from the patio and run inside to tell the others, but none are able to escape, and Bently holds the group at gunpoint. When Bently and Deputy Charlie attack a young woman, she falls into the doorway of the bedroom, where Dolemite is with Mrs. Bently.  On the sheriff’s order, Charlie kills Mrs. Bently, but Dolemite shoots Charlie, escapes through a back door, and tumbles down the hill to the road, where Bo, Jimmy and Dough are waiting in a car. Bently and Deputy Jethro give chase. After killing Jethro and destroying Bo’s car in a fiery wreck, Dolemite and his comrades travel on foot. Jimmy flags down an openly gay white man, and when Dolemite, shotgun in hand, demands a ride to California, the driver cheerfully obliges.

Along the way, Dolemite phones Queen Bee, who runs a successful nightclub in Los Angeles. She entices Dolemite with the news that dancer Hurricane Annie is pining for him. Meanwhile Mafioso and rival club owner Joe Cavaletti plans to eliminate Queen Bee, and sends three armed henchmen to her club.  Master of ceremonies, Mr. Motion, and star attraction, Java, try to fend them off. The men beat Queen Bee and kidnap Java and a waitress named T.C. Cavaletti forces Queen Bee and her girls to work at his nightclub, the Twenty Grand while Java and T.C. are taken to Cavaletti’s torture house, where an insane old woman torments them with a live snake. Dolemite and his comrades discover that Queen Bee’s home and nightclub are both empty. After searching several nightspots, the group locates Hurricane Annie, who suspects that Queen Bee and her girls are Cavaletti’s prisoners.

They find Queen Bee waiting tables at the Twenty Grand, but she can divulge very little as she is being watched. Dolemite goes home with Hurricane Annie, who teases him about his recent weight gain. They remove their clothes and do exercises on the bed, which leads to sex. The next day, Sheriff Bently appears at the office of Police Captain Ryan, demanding the arrest of Dolemite for the murder of Mrs. Bently. Ryan assigns his Detective Pete Blakeley to the case.

Later, Dolemite learns that Mrs. Cavaletti is a nymphomaniac, and poses as a dealer of erotic paintings as a means to seduce her. After their lovemaking causes the bedroom to collapse around them, Mrs. Cavaletti divulges the location of the torture house. Queen Bee and her girls are staffing Cavaletti birthday party that night and they, along with Mr. Motion, Dolemite’s friends, and karate champion Howard Jackson, plan an attack.  Meanwhile, Dolemite fights his way into the torture house. In the basement, a sadistic henchman puts a live grenade between T.C.’s legs, while a rack of spikes is about to fall on Java.  Dolemite appears, breaks the henchman’s neck, and frees them.

At the party, Mr. Motion and Bo pose as caterers and sneak their comrades into the house. The forces of Dolemite and Queen Bee soon triumph over those of Cavaletti.  Blakeley, Ryan and Bently arrive and find Cavaletti being eaten alive by rats, while Dolemite drives away.  Bently gives chase, shoots Dolemite in the back and says, “Your career is over, stud,” before leaving.  Dolemite sits up, opens his jacket, and reveals a bulletproof vest.  Source:  American Film Institute.  Photo Source(s)/Gifs:  Daarac.org, IMDB.

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Dolemite

Release Date:  1975
Genre:   Drama
Rating:  R
DirectorD’Urville Martin
Studio(s):  Comedian International, Dimension Pictures, Vinegar Syndrome, Xenon Entertainment Group.
Running Time:  91 mins.

Cast:   Rudy Ray Moore (Dolemite), D’Urville Martin (Willie Green), Jerry Jones (Blakeley), Lady Reed (Queen Bee) and the Dolemite girls: Brenda DeLong, Terri Mosley, Marilyn Shaw, Lynell Smith, Vera Howard, Joy Martin.

Story:   Dolemite (Rudy Ray Moore), the baddest pimp in town, has just been released from prison, ready to take revenge on notorious gangster Willie Green (D’Urville Martin), who set him up on a phony drug charge and stole his club, The Total Experience. With the help of his friend Queen Bee (Lady Reed) and their band of Kung Fu fighting vixens, Dolemite takes on every “rat soup eatin’ motherf#%*er” in South Central.  Source:  TCM.

Full Synopsis:  After serving a portion of his twenty-year prison sentence for possession of stolen furs and narcotics, Dolemite, an African American pimp, is offered the chance to exonerate himself if he cooperates with the prison warden in an undercover investigation. Dolemite is adamant that he was framed and deserves to be released from prison, so he agrees to help the warden, who says the crime rate in Dolemite’s neighborhood has spiked in his absence, and Dolemite’s nephew, Little Jimmy, was recently killed by gang members. The next day, three of Dolemite’s prostitutes pick him up from prison. When one of the women notices a group of thugs tailing their car, Dolemite orders the car to be pulled over and retrieves his gun. As the men pull up beside their car, Dolemite emerges from the roadside and shoots the pursuers dead.

At his brothel, Dolemite learns from the madame, Queen Bee, that Willie Green took possession of Dolemite’s nightclub, The Total Experience, as collateral for money he lent to Queen Bee for police fines. Still owing Green $50,000, Queen Bee says the prostitutes have been forced to learn karate to protect themselves. After Dolemite has sex with one of the women, he drives into town, where he is approached by Mitchell, a plainclothes policeman, and his partner.  Dolemite recognizes the pair as the officers who framed and arrested him. The officers frisk Dolemite and produce a bag of white powder, claiming it was under his passenger seat. Dolemite accuses the men of framing him once again and kicks them to the ground as they warn him to leave town.

Later, Dolemite runs into Creeper, a drug addict, whom he addresses as the “Hamburger Pimp.” Creeper complains that Green has raised the price of street drugs, so Dolemite offers to pay Creeper in exchange for information. They go to the flophouse where Creeper has a room. Creeper admits that he witnessed Little Jimmy’s murder, but when Dolemite demands to know who killed his nephew, two thugs burst in. One of the men shoots Creeper dead, but Dolemite steals the killer’s gun and beats the intruders just before Mitchell and his partner arrive. Seeing Dolemite in the middle of the crime scene, they arrest him for murder. Dolemite is bailed out of jail and picked up by a woman named Pinky, who takes him to her house where they engage in sex.  Dolemite retrieves $50,000 in cash that he hid before going to prison, which he hands to Green’s henchmen, telling them to pass it along to Green with instructions to leave town in the next twenty-four hours.

Green alerts Mayor Daley, that Dolemite is causing trouble, and Daley promises to have him killed. At the re-opening of the Total Experience, Green says Dolemite still owes him $100,000 in interest, but offers to waive the interest in exchange for a partnership. When Dolemite refuses, Green instructs his thugs to tear up the club and goes after Dolemite.  Using their karate skills, Dolemite’s prostitutes fight Green’s men as Blakely, an FBI officer, arrives and joins the fray. Green shoots Dolemite in his dressing room, and Dolemite punches him in retaliation, then rips out his entrails. Blakely finds Dolemite injured, then shoots Green in order to take the blame for his death. Dolemite is taken to the hospital, where Mayor Daley sends a hired killer to murder him.

Traveling to an airplane hangar, Blakely shoots Daley as he attempts to climb into a small airplane. Arriving at the hospital, Blakely tells Dolemite that assassins are on their way, but he has a plan to protect him. When the assassins arrive, the receptionist provides the wrong room number, and Dolemite and Blakely ambush the men as they shoot at an empty hospital bed. Believing Dolemite is alone, Mitchell and his partner arrive and begin to arrest him, but Blakely appears and accuses them of corruption. More police arrive, but, at Blakely’s behest, they arrest Mitchell and his partner instead of Dolemite.  Source:  American Film Institute.  Photo Source:  DAARAC.org.  Gif:  Giphy.com.

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Sins Of The Father

Release Date:  7/7/2019
Genre:  Drama/Thriller
Rating:  NR
Director:  Jamal Hill
Studio(s):   Swirl Films; TV One

Cast:  Deitrick Haddon (Pastor Clarence Burnett), A.J. Johnson (Detective Phylicia Richardson), Clifton Powell (Deacon Kevin Williams),Terayle Hill (Robert Banks), Angela Love (Chevelle).

Story:   The movie follows Clarence Burnett, a pastor in Atlanta who’s happily married to Karen. The couple’s world is torn apart when Karen is brutally murdered outside their Atlanta home, sending shock waves through their close-knit community. As police delve deeper into the Burnett’s inner circle, they discover secret lives filled with lust, cruelty and unearth a sinful conspiracy of biblical proportions.  Inspired by actual events, the original movie is part of TV One’s Love, Lies & Murder series of stories that explore the dark side of love including deceit, betrayal, obsession and jealousy.  Source:  TV One.

Witching Eyes

Details
Year of Release:  1929
B&W
Genre:  Horror /Thriller
Runtime:  Unknown
Director/Writer/Producer:  Ernest Stearns

Cast
Salem Tutt Whitney, Sylvia Birdsong, Lorenzo Tucker

Story:
Haitian Val Napolo, possessed of a witching hand and the evil eye, is persuaded by his friend Cortex to go to the United States and pose as a leader of his people.  Napolo meets with great success and gets to know Sylvia Smith, the daughter of a recently deceased black leader.  Napolo develops a burning desire for Sylvia, but she favors Ralph Irving, a gentle poet.  Napolo puts a curse on them and breaks up the love affair.  When Sylvia still refuses him, Napolo kidnaps her.  Ralph learns of the abduction and rescues Sylvia, discrediting Napolo in the eyes of his people.

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This film is presumed lost.

Source(s):  American Silent Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Feature Films, 1913-1929.

The Human Tornado

a/k/a Dolemite 2

The Human Tornado

Details
Year of Release:  1976
Genre:  Blaxploitation/Action/Comedy/Drama
Rating: R
Runtime:  108 mins.
Studio(s):  Comedian International Distributors, Dimension Pictures,
Xenon Pictures, Xenon Entertainment Group
Director:   Cliff Roquemore

Cast:   Rudy Ray Moore (Dolemite), Lady Reed (Queen Bee), Jimmy Lynch (Mr. Motion), Gloria Delaney (Hurricane Annie), Ernie Hudson (Bo).

Synopsis:  In this sequel to the cult smash Dolemite, we find our hero on the run from a redneck sheriff who has caught Dolemite messin’ with his woman. He and his posse (including a young Ernie Hudson) dodge the sheriff and his bullets in a high-speed chase that takes them to L.A. Upon Dolemite’s arrival, he learns that Queen Bee (Lady Reed) and her Kung Fu Girls have been pushed out of the nightclub business by a ruthless competitor who has ties to the Mob.  With two of the girls held hostage, the Queen and her bees are forced into slavery for their nemesis.The Human Tornado still 1

Enter Dolemite! Following a scene described by Rudy Ray himself as “sensational and sexsational,” Dolemite gets the lowdown on the gang’s hideout. It’s highspeed kung fu Dolemite-style as the rat soup eatin’ motherf***ers get their collective ass kicked.  But the redeneck sheriff is still hot on Dolemite’s trail – can even a Human Tornado fight two battles at once?   Source/Photo Source:  Blaxploitation Pride.

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A Christmas To Remember

A Christmas To RememberRelease Date:  2015
Genre:  Drama/Family
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  112 mins.
Studio(s):  Atlanta Dream Team Productions, Distributors Signal 23 Television, Green Apple Entertainment.
Director:  Henderson Maddox

Cast:  Robin Givens (Veronica), Darrin Dewitt Henson (Michael), Brittney Level (Lauren Ford), Royce Munn (Reid Shepherd), Valerie Payton (Mary Ford), Benjie Anderson (Joseph Sheperd)

Story: Two families who have hated each other for years are forced to spend Christmas together. Source: IMDB.

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