Black Friday

After spending the past decade watching movies starring ring-toting hobbits and tween wizards, maybe it’s time to exit the fantasy freeway and revisit an era when afros hid guns and ass-whuppings were set to funk music. In other words, maybe it’s time for a double dose of blaxploitation, à la Black Belt Jones 2: The Tattoo Connection and The Final Comedown at MADCAP Theaters.

“Your Chinese legs aren’t bad.”

“Why thank you. How does the feet taste?”

Dialogue nuggets like these are abound in Black Belt Jones 2, starring Jim Kelly (referred to only as “that black guy”) as a CIA agent serving up martial-arts mayhem, tracksuit-style. Count on gratuitous nudity, extreme close-ups, and bad dubbing in this so-bad-it’s-good gem.

On a more dramatic note, The Final Comedown stars Lando Calrissian, a.k.a. Billy Dee Williams, as an angry young dude sticking it to the man after a series of racial injustices.

Fri., Jan. 8, 8 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 9, 8 p.m., 2010
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Laura Hahnefeld
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