Black Dynamite 2009 ★★★★★

Tarantino and Rodriguez started a renewed interest with exploitation cinema with their Grindhouse double-feature, and in their wake there seemed to be an influx of "mock" films using the fixtures of exploitation cinema to self-consciously parody the genre tropes. Black Dynamite is probably the best of the lot (better even than Grindhouse). It perfectly captures the feel of the 70s and the films of the era, while simultaneously taking the piss out of itself at every turn. It includes faux kung-fu (faux fu?) and a story so ridiculous it is genius. The comedy hits home at every beat and Michael Jai White makes for an excellent leading man. Even if you don't appreciate the genre it's ripping off, Black Dynamite is a blast from start to finish. Whoocha!

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