Though the title suggested an academic snoozeathon, "Blaxploitation: Misnomer and Misunderstood" proved to be one of the five-alarm highlights of the recent Los Angeles Film Festival. I attended this panel discussion knowing that the master of ceremonies--New York Times critic-turned-Sony Pictures Entertainment executive Elvis Mitchell--was a connoisseur of '70s blaxploitation, and imagined that the talk would be an autograph show-style traipse... More >>>