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Friday, July 20, 2012
9:05 p.m. Foxy Brown
Jack Hill (U.S., 1974)

Pam Grier is a force of nature, an unrelenting and assertive id igniter. As the lone female action star of her time, she was driven by a fleshy physicality, nonstop aggression, and a wanky wardrobe of seventies kinked-out couture. In Foxy Brown, Grier is an angel of death out to bring down a crime syndicate operating in her ‘hood. She gives better than she receives, blazing her way past pushers and punks. When her brother is brought down (Antonio Fargas, the Steve Buscemi of blaxploitation), Foxy’s anger turns from revenge to full-blown oblivion. Murder and mayhem? Director Hill knows that Foxy is too busy lookin’ good to even notice.

—Steve Seid

• Written by Hill. Photographed by Brick Marquard. With Pam Grier, Antonio Fargas, Peter Brown. (94 mins, Color, 35mm, From Park Circus)