Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Fang Club: Blade Comes to ATL

Posted By on Wed, Feb 28, 2018 at 4:00 AM

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Before Black Panther pounced from the comic page to the big screen, another black superhero from the Marvel universe blessed us with a trilogy of movies, starting with the eponymous Blade (1998). Three things you should know about this film: 1) It's showing at the Arcata Theatre Lounge on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. (free with $5 food or beverage purchase). 2) It's genius. 3) I will fight anyone on that last thing.

Let me explain: It's Wesley Snipes as a samurai sword-wielding half vampire who's immune to sunlight and hunts the undead, assisted by a wiry, whiskey-swilling Kris Kristofferson. How are you not going to show up for that? Snipes — with a flat-top fade, tribal tattoos, leather duster and wraparound sunglasses — deploys his signature staccato martial arts moves, sword and boomerang thing to mow down the vamps at blood-drenched undead raves and elaborate lairs. It's the anti-Twilight and nobody sparkles, least of all Stephen Dorff's evil vampire tech-bro, with his cheesy five o'clock shadow and nefarious plans to overthrow humans and the stuffy vampire establishment by resurrecting an uber-bloodsucker. And, of course, a human hematologist (N'Bushe Wright) gets caught up in the blood feud.

We've been blessed with sequels, of course — you don't make just one African-American samurai vampire movie. But this is your chance to see the original on the big screen, full of deadpan quips, pre-Matrix bullet dodging and Snipes practicing the lost art of stock-still badassery. Who does a girl have to exsanguinate for Blade 4?

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Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

Jennifer Fumiko Cahill

Jennifer Fumiko Cahill is the arts and features editor of the North Coast Journal. She won the Association of Alternative Newsmedia’s 2020 Best Food Writing Award and the 2019 California News Publisher's Association award for Best Writing.

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