Monday, February 8, 2016

Podcast: Ghetto Blaster (1989)

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Your Stupid Minds returns to its roots with a vigilante revenge movie: 1989's Ghetto Blaster! But don't be fooled by the title. Yes, it does feature an exploding boombox, but it's also a double entendre about a white guy murdering people of color!

Richard Hatch (both Battlestar Galacticas) stars as Travis, a good honest dude just like you and me who returns to the neighborhood where he grew up to discover it's overrun by gang activity! The Hammers have taken over, and use their power to murder innocent people, rape women, and steal boomboxes from unsuspecting children. After his father and new friend are murdered, Travis takes the law into his own hands. Using childish pranks and elaborate clown-based drug heists, Travis hits the gang where it hurts until his daughter his kidnapped and he just decides to murder everyone.

Some Notes:
  • This movie is pretty racist, but somehow not as racist as we expected.
  • There are also numerous mixed metaphors that pepper the film which include: medieval Europe, dancing, hammers, and boomboxes.
  • This was a time when the protagonist of a film could call someone the r-word and still be considered the hero.

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