December 8, 2003

The book I read was in your eyes

* Free Tommy Chong

* Tonight on Comedy Central: the Hebrew Hammer:

"Just as such indelible films as Melvin Van Peebles' 'Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song' and Gordon Parks' 'Shaft' were reactions to Hollywood's inability or unwillingness to portray strong, sexy Black characters in the early 70s, Kesselman's Hammer is his way of creating a new hero for a new generation.

"Like any exploitation film, 'The Hebrew Hammer' pitches stereotypes like flaming fastballs at a knowing audience. But it would be wrong to say that Kesselman, by creating a 'Shaft' with peyos, is satirizing the Blaxploitation genre. Instead, Kesselman is honoring the genre, proud that he, too has made a picture with a built-in audience in mind."

* And just in time for the holidays:

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