Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Mack, Claudine, and Cleopatra Jones at LaunchPad Tonight From 6pm On

Cleopatra Jones (Theatrical Trailer)

Great to see so many folks out at the CHCA meeting last night, and sorry not to post the Secondary Sound Jam Night at Breukelen Coffee House (thankfully, there'll be more). If you're in need of something free and fun to do tonight, head over to LaunchPad, where the Kings County Cinema Society is screening a triple bill.  As always, it's BYOB with popcorn provided. More info below: 

Join KCCS this Thursday the 23rd at LaunchPad as Joanna White-Oldham of 
The Center for Active Learning presents a tripleheader of classic - and disastrously underrated - blaxploitation dramas. Come out for one or waste your night with us and stick around for the full slate of features! Free and free popcorn and BYOB, as per usual with LaunchPad.

6:00pm - THE MACK (dir. Michael Campus, 1973, 110min). Goldie (Max Julien) comes home from prison and takes over the pimp game in the Bay Area. Also stars Richard Pryor.

8:00pm - CLAUDINE (dir. John Berry, 1974, 92min). Dir. John Berry. Oscar-nominated lovely romantic comedy-drama starring Diahann Carroll as Claudine, a single mother raising six children in Harlem. Claudine’s love interest, Roop (James Earl Jones, in one of the hands-down best roles of his career) struggles with managing his feelings for her, her children and his personal obligations. “Rich, poor, black, white or green... you’ll dig Claudine” classic trailer here

10:00pm - CLEOPATRA JONES (dir. Jack Starett, 1973, 89min). Tamara Dobson is Cleopatra Jones, a US Special Agent sent to take out “Mommy," a notorious drug trafficker of the seedy LA underworld. "A 6-foot-2-inch C.I.A. narcotics agent, Cleopatra is out to get the dope dealers who are preying on blacks; the leader of the international dope ring, which operates out of Los Angeles, is "Mommy" (Shelley Winters, in blazing wigs). The movie is brightly colored and energetic, and there's a comic strip grossness (yet good-naturedness) about the continuous mayhem. The whole thing suggests a Pop art racial and sexual spoof-Mommy's chief aide, the black "Doodlebug" (Antonio Fargas), has an English chauffeur, and at the climax, two black brothers named Melvin and Matthew use kung fu to destroy Mommy and her gang." - Pauline Kael

Original theatrical trailers up at our site.

Thursday February 23 / 6:00pm / at LaunchPad, 721 Franklin Ave btw/ Park and Sterling. 2/3/4/5 to Franklin Ave.
FREE / BYOB / popcorn provided.
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