billed as more of a schmaltzy nod to a 70s race film than anything else. turned out to be a well-balanced exploration of weakness and addiction. it wasn’t anything unusual outside of the location (deep south) and the addiction addressed (sex, instead of the all-too-familiar drug addiction). sam jackson feeds off his pulp fiction character a bit in that he’s intense and invokes the word of the lord. many of his films since 1994 have been some extension of jules winfield, though. from the same director as hustle and flow, received less critical acclaim (to my ear at least), yet was better in almost all ways. title comes from the blind lemon jefferson blues song.