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  • Mod Movie Monday at TLT: “Coffy”, with Pam Grier from 1973

    Posted on November 8th, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto No comments

    The Tiki Bar is still dripping with skulls, cobwebs and sticky booze left over from last week’s Halloween party, and time marches on. I realize it is Wednesday, but now that the Big H is over for 2010, I’m slowly getting back into the swing of writing. So, without further ado, here’s this week’s Mod Movie Monday…on Wednesday…at your favorite ole Tiki Blounge.

    coffy-posterOh, suguh! Ready for a real 1970’s exploitation film? It don’t get no grittier, no dirtier, no hotter than

    Coffy

    Starring Pamela Grier, from way back in funky 1973.

    This is one of those flicks that if you get it, you’ll dig it, and if you aren’t hip to it, you’ll hate it. The 1960s and ’70s saw an explosion of ‘exploitation’ films…movies that were generally low budget and made fast, relying on controversial subjects, violence, drugs, racism, sex and nudity to attract audiences. Film makers ‘exploited’ these ideas (and their actors/actresses) to make big profits on low shell-outs. grier-coffy-topless-censore

    An entire strain of the exploitation film business called ‘Blacksploitation” gave us movies where the protagonists were African American (politically-correctly referred to as “Blacks” at the time) that climbed their way out of poverty or other bad situations to take control of their lives, clean up their neighborhoods or defend their families and friends. Possibly the most famous Blacksploitation film is Super Fly. One of the most infamous is Coffy.

    coffy-pimpCoffy is your average, innocent nurse just trying to make it in the screwed-up days of the early ’70s. Innocent, until her little sister gets pushed into drugs and gets juiced up with a hot dose of heroin. It’s then that Coffy drops all pretense out on a mission of vengeance and vigilante justice, knocking off drug dealers, whacking pimps, and butchering mobsters who cross her path.

    This was a rough film for 1973, and still holds up as a bad-ass flick today. Movies like Machete and Jackie Brown have their roots in films like this (Which is why a lot of kats “don’t get it”), and it’s a sure bet more films stylized in this way will be slithering out of Hollywood in the future.

    Food & Booze: There’s a pretty keen scene with a buffet in this flick, not sure what’s on the menu but I think it’d be fun to do a little buffet while watching. As for the booze, the most appropriate would be a…

    Jamaican Coffee

    (Get it?)

    There are a few variations on this theme. I dig this one:

    1 oz Brandy
    1 oz Jamaican Rum
    Dark, Silky Coffee
    1 dollop condensed milk
    Nutmeg

    Brew the coffee and pour into a mug with brandy and rum. Add the condensed milk and stir slowly. Then top with whipped cream, a few dashes of nutmeg and cherry. Add a brown sugar rock candy stirrer if you can get your hands on one. This coffee is hot and smooth, and goes down nice and easy.

    Here’s the trailer. You can watch the whole movie, uncut, at IMDB.

    -Tiki Chris P. reporting from the TV room at your favorite Tiki Culture Blog, Tiki Lounge Talk.

  • Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill!

    Posted on August 2nd, 2010 "Tiki Chris" Pinto 2 comments

    faster_pussycat_kill_killStraight out of hell comes three krazy hot roddin’ chicks out for kicks. From 1965 here comes Russ Meyers’

    Faster Pussycat! KILL! KILL!

    Starring Tura Santana, Haji and Lori Williams.

    It’s been said that Russ Meyer named this movie Faster Pussycat! KILL! KILL! because he believes that a movie has everything when it contains speed (faster), sex (pussycat) and violence (KILL! KILL!). Well, there’s plenty of all of it in this Black & White B-Beauty.faster_pussycat_3-screen

    First off, I don’t think there were three hotter chicks to zoom out of the ’60s. Santana is so stacked it’s a wonder she can fit behind the wheel of that sportster. Of course I have a thing for the blonde stripper.

    faster-pussycat-girlsWhat’s the flick about? Three sleazy, badass girls that like to race hot European sports cars and start brawls go too far and commit murder. It gets more insane from there. Some of it is so violent you’ll wonder how they got away with it in the ’60s. Some of it is funny, intentionally. Some of it is krazy sexy, even by today’s standards. The flick is such a cult classic that one of our favorite retro-lovin’ kats, Quintin Tarantino has his own version in the works, slated for 2012 release. If anyone else were re-making the flick I’d say hell no. But with QT at the wheel, it’s got to be good (but still no match to the original). In the mean time see the original in all its black and white glory, and get ready to experience the dirty, gritty, sleazy side of the 1960’s.

    faster-pussycat-turaDinner & Drinks: If you can get your hands on some moonshine, go for it. And Southern cooking all the way…fried chicken, biscuits, you catch my drift. If you’re brave you can try a Tura Santana Cocktail: three parts moonshine, one part hi-test gasoline, with a dash of blood. Light it up. (Tiki Lounge Talk not responsible for burnt eyebrows or damaged organs)faster-pussycat-kill-kill-h

    -Tiki Chris Pinto reporting from the back seat of the ’53 Chevy Hot Rod, at the drive-in movies behind the Tiki Bar.

    Tiki Lounge Talk – The swingin’ retro & tiki culture blog for red-blooded vintage hipsters, man.