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The Buzz:

     Sundance regulars Scott Sanders and Byron Minns team up with martial artist and experimental truck-human hybrid Michael Jai White to produce a total genre satire of 1970s blaxploitation movies, complete with continuity errors, mics in shots, and pitch-perfect humor. Black Dynamite is essentially a superhero character who defends The Black Community from the oppressive onslaught of The Man. The movie is knowingly TOO badass with a completely flawles main character who never misses. After his brother gets killed, he goes on a path of revenge best described as...unexpected. I won't spoil it.

The Life of the Party:

     Frankly, everything about this movie is competent, gorgeous, and exceptionally period., The costuming is awesome, the gags are extremely fresh, and the all-star cast (featuring, among others, Aresenio Hall and Cedric Yarborough, and one of the best cameos in cinematic history) performs excellently with stellar chemistry. The dialogue is so to the point that almost every line in the movie is memorable. The soundtrack is original, but fits the 70s atmosphere to a T. Occasionally it even narrates the scene. Listen for it. Oh, and the martial arts are pretty solid too, considering Michael Jai White can do EVERYTHING.

Potential Hangovers:

     Really, not much to say here. The movie is one of our very favorites here at Tanked Matinee. I guess if you're lame, you could complain that it's only 84 minutes, but to us, that's a boon. Can't really complain that they don't give us enough of the Black Dynamite universe now that the cartoon series is out (you should watch it).  I don't actually have anything bad to say about  this movie. It's the kind of film this whole site is based on.

The Vibe:

     I recommend this movie for any viewing where nudity on screen isn't going to be a problem. It happens a couple times, because remember, it was an exploitation flick in the 70s. It comes with the territory. Aside from that, this movie works in all cases. If you've got a big party, a lot of the jokes don't need words, and of course the action is always going to be a crowd pleaser. It's also great for small gatherings because of how much industry humor there is. More importantly, it stands up to repeat viewing, because there may always be something you missed last time. I thoroughly recommend this movie to anyone who loves a good period piece satire.

+ Michael Jai White is a great action star, but more importantly a great character actor.

+ Excellent sense of humor

+ Genuinely fun to watch from start to finish

+ Fresh and vibrant, yet period

- They aren't making a sequel

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Tanked Matinee is the place to go for good drinking movies. What do we mean by that? Simply speaking, we evaluate and recommend entertainment media based on how much fun it is to watch with friends on the sofa and a cold beer in hand.

Everyone knows "The Godfather" is a great movie, but is it as great to drink with as "Roadhouse?" We can appreciate "Citizen Kane" as a masterpiece of cinema, but is it as good a centerpiece for your party as "Santa Clause Conquers the Martians?"

Tanked Matinee appreciates film as art, but when you're kicking back on Friday night with a tall Rum & Coke, you're not looking for art, man, you want to be entertained. We're here to recommend the best movies for your night in, whether it's a big party, small get-together, or just a quiet night alone with a bottle of wine or three.

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