View Full Version : Welcome Home Brother Charles a.k.a. Soul Vengeance...any love for this?

Todd Jordan
06-12-2011, 08:12 PM
Never seen it but have it coming. Looks horrifically great.


Paul Casey
06-12-2011, 08:29 PM
I remember it being pretty meh overall, but there's a scene that's so great it more than makes up for the rest. It's been a while since I've seen it. I should check it out again.

Todd Jordan
06-12-2011, 09:46 PM
You gotta embrace the beauty of the movie, boy.

Jeff D
06-13-2011, 03:36 AM
Amazing trailer but below average as a movie. All the good stuff is in that preview. I still think it needs to be in everyone's collection because it's just so damned bizarre. The remake with Will Smith is gonna be awesome.

Mike Howlett
06-15-2011, 05:43 PM
I have it as SOUL VENGEANCE and I love it! You know what they say... Mike loves red!

Marshall Crist
03-25-2012, 09:20 PM
I have this as SOUL VENGEANCE. Thought it was good. I've heard some speculation that the Xenon disc is cut. Anyone have the facts? I also picked up the director's follow-up, BLACK SISTER'S REVENGE (aka EMMA MAE.) That is a rather engrossing drama. I guess his big claim to fame is PENITENTIARY, but that is not my bag.

Alex K.
03-25-2012, 10:47 PM
I really dig it. And the strangulation by cock sequence cements this film in the history books.

Robin Bougie
03-26-2012, 09:30 AM
Agree that it is a below average film, but one that is saved by a single outstanding scene.

It's kind of a must-see just for the scene that makes it so famous.

My fave of his is PENETENTIARY 2. It's crazy-good.

Ian Miller
03-27-2012, 08:07 PM
You guys have got to see STREET WARS (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105487/), if you haven't already!

Alex K.
03-27-2012, 11:51 PM
I'm going to check out Street Wars, and if it isn't good I'm coming up to Portland and force you to watch the entire Andy Milligan catalog Clockwork Orange style.

Ian Jane
03-28-2012, 09:51 AM
I'm going to check out Street Wars, and if it isn't good I'm coming up to Portland and force you to watch the entire Andy Milligan catalog Clockwork Orange style.

He'd probably really like that.

Ian Miller
03-28-2012, 03:43 PM
Bitchy dialogue and sympathetic hunchbacks are like music to my ears and eyes!

I hope you enjoy STREET WARS.

Ian Jane
04-03-2012, 04:24 PM
Jamaa Fanaka passed away yesterday, he was pretty young. RIP.

Ian Jane
04-03-2012, 04:46 PM
Variety article on him here (http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118052244.html?cmpid=RSS|News|FilmNews).

Jamaa Fanaka, director of "Penitentiary," a low-budget independent film that mixed the blaxploitation, prison and boxing genres to become a box office success in 1980, died in South Los Angeles on Sunday, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was 69.

Fanaka's films also included two sequels to "Penitentiary," which also starred Leon Isaac Kennedy, but later he was well known for suing the Directors Guild of America and the Hollywood studios, claiming that racist hiring practices kept him from directing more movies. He also named the FBI as a defendant in at least one of his multiple suits, and all were dismissed in the early stages of litigation.

Utilizing government grants and private donations, Fanaka directed three films while still a student at UCLA Film School: "Welcome Home Brother Charles," "Emma Mae" and "Penitentiary." "Welcome Home, Brother Charles" (1975) explored the consequences of racism; Emma Mae (1976) concerned a young woman who experiences culture shock when she moves from Mississippi to Los Angeles.

He was also the producer on these films and the writer of "Penitentiary" and its sequels, "Penitentiary II" in 1982 and "Penitentiary III" in 1987. (Mr. T appeared in "Penitentiary II" the same year he made a splash in "Rocky III.") Fanaka's last film was 1992's "Street Wars," an actioner starring Alan Wone.

In the 1990s Fanaka fell afoul of the DGA by repeatedly disrupting events held by the guild's African-American Steering Committee. He was subsequently suspended by the DGA, from which Fanaka promptly resigned, declaring that the guild's leadership had acted "to retaliate against me for my efforts on behalf of minority filmmakers and to deny me my First Amendment rights of free speech."
Fanaka was born Walter Gordon in Jackson, Miss.

Robin Bougie
04-04-2012, 01:43 AM


Mike Howlett
04-13-2012, 08:13 AM
Drag. RIP