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"The Mack"

The Mack (1973) is a blacksploitation film about a young man Goldie (Max Julien) who is released after 5 years in jail, and decides to become a pimp. His brother, while he has been away, has become a black power activist. Goldie is wildly successful, but with the success comes problems. His brother is actively opposing his activities in his attempt to clean up the neighborhood. Two crooked cops, the ones who busted him, are being hurt by is brother, and see hi as getting too much of the street action. The local mob boss sees him as getting too big, and has to hire him or kill him, and get him to stop his brother. That is pretty much it.

The film was filmed in Oakland, California, in some rather unsavory areas, and was made using extensive research on local people in the life. One of the points made by the film, is that the black power movement began selling drugs to raise money to turn back into the community.

For a film about a pimp, there was very little nudity, but Carol Speed, who even kept her clothes on in Roger Corman's The Big Bird Cage, showed her breasts in bed with Goldie. I believe this is her only known exposure. IMDB readers say 5.4 0f 10. The DVD includes a commentary with everyone associated with the production, and a few that just wished they had been. They all talked as if it was some great achievement. I am a fan of the genre, and didn't much care for this one. It had little of the usual Motown sounds, and not enough action. There was lots of posturing and looking cool. What violence there was, was done very matter of factly. I did enjoy a scene where Goldie makes a bomb with a stick of dynamite, sticks the dynamite in the bad guys mouth while tied in a chair, and lets him watch the timer tick down. It is an accurate portrayal of life in that sub-culture in the early 70s, but had very little entertainment value. C-.

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    "The Sheltering Sky"

    The Sheltering Sky (1990), according to director Bernardo Bertolucci, is a love story set in an exotic location. He goes on to say that it is about two people who love each other deeply, but somehow never seem to connect with each other. I have a suggestion for the two. They no sooner arrive in Africa than he goes out and finds a hooker. Not long after, she beds their best friend. After hubby dies of stupidity (more about that later), she hitches a ride with a camel train, and shacks up with the local shake, until his wives drive her out. I don't see musical beds as a great strategy when your goal is to become close to your true love.

    John Malkovich, as Porter Moresby, felt that he was enough like the character that he would just play himself. Debra Winger, as his wife Kit, worked on her character day and night. Old Port heads for the tent brothels his first night in town (I could just see his insurance company actuaries cringe). He ends up in the tent of the beautiful Amina Annabi. While they are conducting business, she hides his wallet under a pillow. He spots her, and sneaks it back without missing a stroke. Just when I was about to gain some respect for Port, he waves the wallet at her as he is leaving, and ends up running for his life. After this colossal bit of stupidity, it was little surprise that he drank the local water and died of typhus.

    Winger shows breasts briefly, getting out of bed, several long looks at her buns, and several bush shots. Annabi shows a magnificent pair of breasts in a beautifully composed scene. We've already seen the critics take on this film in these pages. I suppose, if this is your kind of film, it is technically well shot in some seldom filmed locals. For me, it was the greatest cure for insomnia since Out of Africa. It was way too long, and did a poor job of portraying what was going on in the characters minds, which was the entire point of the film. I would have tolerated it better 48 minutes shorter at 90 minutes, but I don't have a good argument against those who say it should have been 138 minutes shorter. With the genre being boring, tedious, arty epic love stories, this is a great example of that genre, and so is a C+.

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    Jaime Pressly The white trash movie queen almost baring her breasts. A very inviting pose.

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    The late singer/actress showing off her abs in scenes from "Queen of the Damned" (2002), by Penman.