Don’t be a “rude boy”, because The Harder They Come is the Greatest Movie EVER!
Click on the title or the movie poster above to download our review of the film, featuring Sean “Hollywood” Hunting.
Review in a Nutshell: A vibrant crime drama with a soundtrack that introduced reggae music to the world, The Harder They Come transports viewers to the slums of Kingston during the early Seventies and gives the audience a glimpse at the desperation and frustrations that could drive an idealistic young man to a lawless life of crime.
Last week, Terry Frost of THE PALEO-CINEMA PODCAST did The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith, another story about a young idealistic Man of Color who turns outlaw thanks to White Institutionalized Racism, Paul. Be nice if the movies talked about during Black History Month didn’t end with the Black hero’s death.
Tammy said, “How about The Gods Must Be Crazy – or Pam Grier movies?” I was thinking some Jim Kelly or Fred Williamson star vehicles, myself – but those work as well.
I am so glad that Sean is back for all the reasons you cover at the start of the podcast.
I’m a fan of Pam Grier, Fred Williamson, and Jim Kelly films. My only concern with Blaxploitation films is that some of them fetishize the experience of black people for the benefit of a white audience, and that’s something I’d prefer to avoid if I can. One of the things that’s great about The Harder They Come is that it doesn’t attempt to portray its characters as exotic, strange, or foreign, so I’d like to explore more examples of black cinema that share a similar focus.
Okay, Paul – that’s a fair cop, though I’d argue that most of Williamson’s movies are more “Action Films that Happen to Star a Black Guy” rather than fetishizing Blacks for a White Audience. Thinking it over, “Blacks for a White Audience” also applies to The Gods Must Be Crazy, doesn’t it – which might be an interesting way to approach that movie…?
It’s a pity you didn’t do some Rudy Ray Moore movies – or compared and contrasted Blaxploitation done by Black filmmakers for a Black audience (like Rudy Ray Moore, or Sweet Sweetback’s Badass Song) with Blaxploitation films done by White filmmakers (like, I’m sorry to say, most of Pam Grier’s starring roles)?
The lyrics of Blinded by the Light are talking about a car nicknamed deuce. A 1932 Ford Deuce Coupe.
@tswys3 – I figured it was about coupling, myself….
Jah Bless ya Paul. Big ups. This flick is massive and started the indie movie craze. Classic and have turned my friends onto this when I started listening to good reggae a decade and change ago. So much soul when Jimmy Cliff sings, “As sure as the sun will shine.” Would also reco ‘Rockers’ another badass rude boy film with a ill soundtrack. Worth the price of admission just for Burning Spear on the beach sparking a spliff and singing ‘Jah no Dead’ accapella. Haven’t listened to the ep yet because itunes stopped auto downloading the show for some reason.
Glad to hear Sean is back as you’ve read 3 of my emails on the mail sack segment with him. Please remind him that Jackie Chan was trained by the Peking Opera and Jet Li is trained in wushu and would utterly destroy Jackie in a fight. Thanks for the great show and keep doing ya thang. Stay frosty my friend.