Reagan’s FCC overturned the Hollywood Antitrust Case of 1948, which forbade
film studios from owning theaters, it changed the way pictures were produced,
distributed and exhibited in the United States.
conglomerates swallowed up studios and began producing movies to tie in with
their theme parks and merchandising outlets. Motion pictures became trailers
for the ride, the toys, the CDs, the games. Hollywood no longer made films; it
was selling a product, and the product was bland and inoffensive.
In the midst
of this there still emerged a handful of films that knew how to bite the hand
that fed them. While their competitors dodged satire, politics and social comment,
these films embraced those qualities and, when appropriate, stuck it straight
to the man.
In an era
where studios frown upon subversive ideas and filmmakers
are discouraged from allowing their personalities to shine on film, it’s
encouraging to find movies with greater than ambition than to cater to the lowest
Here are ten
10. Black Dynamite
to The Man was at the heart of Blaxploitation pictures but this knowing spoof goes
one better and has its lead character follow a deadly trail that
leads all the way to the White House.
such Blaxploitation icons as Richard Roundtree and Fred Williamson,
Black Dynamite (Michael Jai White) is your typical ex-Vietnam vet/ former CIA operative/ one-man
army who uncovers a sinister plot involving Anaconda Malt Liquor, which has
been formulated to shrink the manhood of African-American men.
Who could be
behind such a diabolical scheme? Why, it’s none other than President Richard
Nixon, who Black Dynamite takes down in a kung fu fight inside the Oval Office.
plot owes a debt to Three The Hard Way (1974), where Jim Brown, Fred Williamson
and Jim Kelly try to stop a neo-Nazi from adding a serum lethal only to African-Americans
to the water supply. Though played straight, the story also served as the basis
for another spoof, 2002’s Undercover Brother.