Before Foxxy Cleopatra
became a Goldmember, another fox sported a 'fro and a pair of bling
blings with super fly style. Of course I could be speaking of none other
than the Queen of Blaxploitation, one of the most luscious women to
grace the silver screen, the incomparable Pam Grier.
Whether Foxy or
Jackie, brown is beautiful when shaped like this hot cup of Coffy. Grier's
career has long outlasted the heyday of Blaxploitation (with pictures
like Black Knight and The Adventures of Pluto Nash still
getting lensed one can't actually claim that Blaxploitation is dead),
but the brightness of her star has never shone as brightly as it did
back when picks and platforms were the order of the day. Here's a Classic
Pam Grier Double Feature. Can you dig it?
stars our girl as an ex-model and magazine photographer who gets embroiled
in a Blow Up-meets-Enemy of the State type of conspiracy
plot. If I can't entice you to this flick with these five words, Eartha
Kitt and Jim Backus, then throw in Godfrey Cambridge. Don't forget Yaphet
Kotto, about whom the original poster proclaimed, "His yen was for men,
not for Friday Foster."
Black Mama, White Mama (also known as The Defiant Ones on estrogen) features
Pam and exploitation figure Margaret Markov chained together on the
run from Johnny Law in the Philippines. As if Pam Grier in a women's
prison flick isn't enough (and if it's not and you are a straight male,
I'm concerned for our future as a fanboy), try this on for size: our
woman of the hour in a nun's habit clocks a cop with a guitar, Honky
Tonk Man style.
Both of these picture
are available on DVD from the Soul Cinema collection, and if you want
to see why my money may be on Pam as the only hottie to age better than
Sophia Loren, check out the modern Blaxploitation masterpiece Bones
. It's a Doggy Dogg World, baby.
this and more in the Fanboy forums.