Monday, January 23, 2012

Foxy Brown & Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

Foxy Brown (1974)-

Classic blaxploitation flick starring the lovely Pam Grier as the sista with street smarts. Her brother Antonio Fargas is always working the hustle- numbers, pushing, etc. Foxy crosses paths with a notorious sex trade gang due to the nefarious ways of her wayward sibling. Some rather harrowing scenes. Former football player and AWA wrestler Hard-Boiled Haggerty is part of the second act problem when he takes liberties with the lead character while she is tied to bed and strung out on heroin. Some funny scenes and vintage clothing make this a decent time capsule for the era- not something to go bid crazy for on eBay- but not a bad choice for a retro movie. The DVD has a commentary track by the director. C+

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979-1980)

Gil Gerrard is Captain William “Buck” Rogers – he wakes up in the future and is constantly saving the world while Wilma Dering (Erin Grey) and Princess Ardala (Pamela Hensley) vie for his thick-thighed attention. In the episode Escape from Wedded Bliss-Ardala blackmails Buck into marrying her. As part of Draconian custom he must fight Tiger Man (Played by pro wrestler Hard-Boiled Haggerty) to prove his worthiness as the royal groom. This episode features a roller disco reception that has to be seen to be believed. The entire series is on DVD- very cheesy 70s sci-fi – this series only lasted 2 seasons. The real standout episode for so bad it’s awesome fun is the “Space Rockers” episode featuring Jerry Orbach and Richard Moll. I loved this show as a kid – and still have a crush on Erin Grey( she looked incredible when I met her at a con a few years back). Unless you have nostalgia for the show or love low brow sci-fi this is not worth seeking out. C+



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