October 26, 2017
Blacula tells the story of an African prince named Mamuwalde who in 1780 is cursed by the infamous Count Dracula and is forced into the life of a vampire. He reawakens in the 1970s in Los Angeles, where he must adjust to his new settings and begin his life anew. However, he meets a woman who resembles his long-dead wife, Luva, and it sets him on a journey to be with her. He kills/feeds on random people in L.A., and eventually is hunted by the police.
The blaxploitation genre of the 1970s was full of memorable and original films. Taking the Black perspective on social issues and even recreating stories from other subgenres of its time, the era was a sharp cutout in the industry that was fresh and bold.
One such genre hadn't gone untouched unto 1972, horror. That's where William Marshall dawns the cape and added style to the Dracula mythos with Blacula. Making the Dracula story his own, Marshall was joined by Vonetta McGee, Denise Nicholas, Gordon Pinsent, Charles Macaulay, and Thalmus Rasulala in this subgenre first.
October 18, 2017
This week the guys are back to introduce the next film, the 1972 horror blaxploitation classic, Blacula. This episode has been long requested and now it's finally coming. The film takes the Dracula mythos and adds a unique Black take on the entire thing. The random topic of the week is all about successful Black people running from Blackness. The hosts discuss the humorous idea that rapper Waka Flocka Flame says that he's not Black, and the larger implications of such a position.
October 11, 2017
This week on Black on Black Cinema, the guys are back to discuss the 2017 romantic comedy, The Incredible Jessica James starring Jessica Williams, Chris O’Dowd, Lakeith Stansfield, and Noël Wells. The film follows a young struggling playwright whose life is thrown further into shambles as she recently broke up with her boyfriend and continues her journey to find herself as a 20 something Black woman in New York City.
The journey of self-discovery is plagued by daydreams, poor dating moments, surprise interactions with new people, and mentoring even younger playwrights on their own journey.
Video Version of this Review: HERE
October 4, 2017
This week the guys are back to introduce the upcoming 116th episode, The Incredible Jessica James (Netflix original film). The film follows the 20 something Jessica as she has just broken up with her boyfriend and is thrown back into the dating world as well as discovering who she really is a person. The random topic of the week is a multi-angled conversation on the devastation in Puerto Rico, the response from the President, shooting in Las Vegas, NFL kneeling, and overall discussion of one of the worst periods in the Trump administration.
Video version of this episode: here