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Hatta’s Film Fest…”The Mack” and “Juice”

Posted in 97.9 the Box, houston, movies, music, radio with tags on June 10, 2009 by jimbeazy

What’s up everyone?  Just wanted to give you a quick recap of Hatta’s Film Fest that went down last night Tuesday June 9th. 

ssposterWhen I walked in I saw a nice crowd and most were drinking…this is a good thing because my short was first.  After a sound miscue, we started the film, “Soul Searching,” over and it played well.  It was the 18 minute “film festival” version of the movie.  As a writer/producer on the movie, there is always things you’d like to do different, but it was great to see it on big screen.  Hatta liked the longer cut better and I do also.  However, many festivals try to squeeze in as many movies as possible so our 18 minute cut gives us a better chance of earning a screening spot.

mack1After 7, it was then time for “The Mack,” a 70’s pimp movie that lived up to Hatta’s hype.  Max Julien played “Goldie” a hustler fresh out of prison and back on the streets.  Goldie loved his momma, hypnotized his hoes, and rose to be “the playa of the year” before… well you’ll have to watch it.  While the soundtrack doesn’t have the pop of Curtis Mayfield’s “Superfly,” Willie Hutch does a good capturing the feel of the streets of Oakland.  The most famous track “I Choose You” (used for UGK’s “International Players Anthem) not only is jammin’ but it also is a major plot point in the film.  Richard Pryor plays Goldie’s main friend and as Hatta stated in his commentary … was high during fiming.  In a couple scenes, this tidbit was evident.  Hatta also pointed out the real pimps in the movies and the real situations incorporated into the film.  Roger E. Mosely, later of “Magnum P.I.” fame, effectively plays Goldie’s “save the streets” brother.  One of best performance in the movie comes from Dick Anthony Williams as Pretty Toney.  Williams has been in tons of movies, most notably for me as Steve Martin’s brother in “The Jerk.”  All in all, a better made film than last month’s “Superfly” (1972), which is quite an accomplishment.

juiceAfter “The Mack,” it was time for Ernest Dickerson’s “Juice” (1992).  Hot of off 1991’s “Boyz in the Hood,”  the movie’s high production values and casting/cameos of who’s who at the time (Queen Latifah, Cindy Herron “En Vogue, Fab Five Freddy and more) make it an effective snapshot of the time.  The movie is fueled by Tupac Shakur’s psycho character “Bishop” and plays well as a morality tale of street violence.

All in all, a great time at the movies…what classic do you want to see on the big screen next?  The Warriors?  Foxy Brown? Shaft? Stay tuned…

…And keep listening to the Madd Hatta Show on 97.9 the Box in Houston, Texas… and online at kbxx.com.

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