Sunday, February 22, 2009

Episode 45: Team Fantasmo Vs. John Shaft

Hey Superfans!
It took Rob and I a while to finally lock in our films and date for the big March show, but the wait is now officially over . . . and we think you’ll be pleased with the results. As we’ve hinted at the past few months we were looking at highlighting a 70’s action icon for this landmark episode, and we can now reveal that said icon is none other than John Shaft! That’s right, almost 4 years in the making we are thrilled to bring you one of the most requested episodes of them all. Starring the legendary Richard Roundtree, Shaft was the subject of three blockbuster films, a television series, and a Samuel L. Jackson reboot in 2000 (which was pretty decent). The films follow the exploits of New York City’s baddest private detective, as he does battle with the various elements of organized crime who make the foolish mistake of tangling with him. From the Oscar-winning theme to Roundtree’s awesome performance, these movies ooze pure coolness! For this very special episode your Team Fantasmo will be screening the original classic and the first (and best) sequel. Here are your full Episode 45 details:

When: Saturday, March 28

Where: Chesapeake Central Library, 298 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322


8:00 p.m.: Shaft (1971) – Rated R

10:00 p.m.: Shaft’s Big Score! (1972) – Rated R

So there you have it faithful Superfans, another sure-to-be legendary edition of the one and only Fantasmo. Now you probably have already noticed that we won’t be on the first Friday in March (or the second or third). Due to a variety of circumstances, we have to hold this one on a special day and time. Interestingly, our April anniversary show will be the following weekend meaning for 4 months in a row we’ve had back-to-back Fantasmo weekends (a Fantasmo first)! So while you have an agonizing wait for the next episode, the good news is you’re going to get a heaping helping of your favorite cult cinema celebration when it does arrive : )


george booker said...

this is a good one.

now let's talk about sweet sweetback and baadassss in the same night.


Jim Blanton said...

Yeah, Sweet Sweetback would be another great one. Criterion put out a fantastic laserdisc of that years ago, just wish they would release it on DVD!

We're also going to be doing episodes dedicated to Fred "The Hammer" Williamson and Pam Grier in the near future. Just watched Hell Up in Harlem (the sequel to Black Caesar) over the weekend - awesome movie!

Chris Johnson said...

I want to see Dolemite at Fantasmo and maybe what many consider to be the last blacksploitation film, New Jack City!

Jim Blanton said...

Would love to do a Dolemite night - Rudy Ray Moore is always great! Alas we don't have the rights to those films.

On the other hand, we are able to show New Jack City and I couldn't agree more as to what a worthwhile film that is. I must have seen that film 20 times between the theater and video in the early 90's! Maybe we could do that as part of a Mario Van Peebles night!

Hi, my name is Judy. said...

Looking forward to it. Now, to find a sitter!

I have just discovered something called Steampunk. I had never heard this term, but it is something I have always thought was cool.

Thought there might be a theme here? Not sure if the movie possibilities will work for you.

Thanks! -Judy

george booker said...


Jim Blanton said...

Hey Judy,
Steampunk would be a cool theme to explore! Interestingly they list Young Einstein on the steampunk filmography, which would actually make a great title for our anniversary Schlock-O-Thon episode. I remember seeing that opening weekend in the theater in 1989(it had a massive publicity blitz) . . . the horror.

Hey George,
Baadassss would be a great title for a Mario Van Peebles night! Actually, as cheesy as they are, I wouldn't mind Full Eclipse or Posse either : )