White Men Can’t Jump (Amazon – Trailer)
Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes are the perfect tag team on the basketball court. The enemies-to-friends pair hustle others in their South LA neighborhood in order to clear debts and make bank. At the time of its premiere, LA was between the injustice of the Rodney King beating and the aftermath following the “not guilty” verdict of his assailants. Those involved with the film made sure to collaborate with the community around them to make a film that was more than a tone deaf capitalization on Black culture.
Q Ball (Netflix – Trailer)
Q Ball explores the San Quentin Prison basketball team and their journey of rehabilitation and possible redemption. The story closely examines life on the inside, not just for the Q Warriors, but for all the inmates in a prison that prioritizes the rehabilitation of convicts who will one day finish serving their time and rejoin society.
Along Came Polly (HBO/Hulu – Trailer)
I will never look at nuts from a bar, scuba instructors, and ferrets the same after watching Along Came Polly. Ben Stiller, a risk insurance analyst who is afraid to risk anything, seems like he has everything until his honeymoon. Back home in NYC, his best friend Philip Seymour Hoffman urges him to attend a party when he meets the one and only Jen Aniston. It had been a minute since I watched this gem, but I promise, it’s just what you need this weekend.
Chef (Amazon – Trailer)
Last Tuesday I told my boyfriend I wanted to watch a movie that was basically a Tasty video with a plot. And boy did this movie not disappoint. Chef follows the story of Jon Favreau, a chef who refuses to compromise his creative integrity, as he figures out what to do after he quits working at his fancy Brentwood restaurant. It’s hilarious, an incredible father-son story, and some of the best food porn you could hope to experience.
Moonlight (Netflix – Trailer)
One of my favorite things about Moonlight is its patience. It takes its time moving through the quiet, hard moments because it knows they’re important and deserve as much space as necessary. Chison is a young Black man in Miami whose journey through exploring his identity is guided and embraced by members of his community with love and kindness.