Ganja and Hess (1973)

Ganja and Hess (1973)
“Men Overtaken by Racism” The success of William Crain’s 1972 Blaxploitation film, Blacula resulted in a series of formulaic genre films, such as Blackenstein (1973) and Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde (1976). The film that most forcefully resisted this moral simplicity was Bill Gunn’s Ganja and Hess (1973), an allegorical artwork about the nature of addiction. ...

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2014)

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2014)
“Da Return of Da Sweet Cinema of Spike Lee” Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained (2012) devolves into the sleazy violence of the exploitation films he loves too much. Indeed, the disease of not knowing when enough is enough infects the work of many contemporary American filmmakers. Spike Lee’s Bamboozled (2000) also suffers as a film with ...