September 25, 2013 |
Director Michael Campus vividly recalls the reaction to his film "The Mack" from the opening-night audience 40 years ago in Oakland. The film, starring Max Julien as the charismatic pimp Goldie and Richard Pryor as his friend Slim, had shot in the Bay Area city. "The first scene came on with Richie and Max and - I am not exaggerating - the whole audience stood up and started screaming back at the screen," Campus said. "They never sat down. No one had shown that world - no one had portrayed the black underworld.
February 12, 2004 |
A few months ago, Michael Campus, the director of the classic 1973 blaxploitation film "The Mack," was having dinner with Snoop Dogg when the lanky rapper started acting out scenes from the movie. "He did everybody's dialogue," Campus says. Def Jam's Russell Simmons offered "The Mack" star Max Julien $10,000 for the flamboyant coat he wore in the film. "Ten- and 11-year-old kids right now know the lines from 'The Mack,' " Julien says.
August 8, 1997 |
"Def Jam's How to Be a Player" is a rambling, shambling, good-natured comedy that tries to have fun with unbridled male sexual prowess while making sure its hero gets an obligatory comeuppance at the very last moment. However, by then we have every reason to be confident that Bill Bellamy's fast-talking sexual superman Dray Jackson will manage to handle his trusting steady girlfriend, Lisa (Lark Voorhies), when she at last catches him with another woman.
July 22, 2005 |
"Hustle & Flow" abounds with all the ingredients of a terrific popular entertainment. Writer-director Craig Brewer first of all cares deeply for his characters, with the result that each one emerges as a distinctive, involving individual, and this care extends from the film's casting down to such details as the gold teeth sported by one of its stars.
June 9, 2000 |
"American Pimp" is as effective for what it doesn't say as for what it does, inviting the audience to draw its own conclusions.
June 30, 1997 |
"The Mack"--the 1973 blaxploitation classic--may be back. If producers Doug McHenry and George Jackson have their way, Goldie the pimp will go before the cameras in '90s garb--perhaps by the end of the year. Eyeing a hip-hop culture heavily influenced by that imagery and tremendous African American want-to-see, the duo--like a host of others in Hollywood's creative community--is drawing inspiration from the genre.