Category: Netflix

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“What’s Going On”- Da 5 Bloods (2020) Pays Double Tribute

“Mother, mother, There’s too many of you crying
Brother, brother, brother, There’s far too many of you dying”

There are many memorable moments in Spike Lee‘s 2020 film Da 5 Bloods. From Delroy Lindo‘s performance- hell, the entire cast’s performance- to the cinematography and the story line, the film held me awestruck, tearful, and contemplative through its entirety. But perhaps the most compelling aspect of this film for me was Lee’s incorporation of Marvin Gaye‘s 1971 album What’s Going On. It was such a minor, yet monumentally, moving choice that etched this film into my brain and sent my thoughts soaring.

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20 Films Directed By Black Women That You Can Stream Right Now

In 1989, the first film written and directed by a Black woman and produced by a major Hollywood studio was released. That Black woman was Euzhan Palcy, and her monumental, award-nominated film was A Dry White Season. Palcy was the first and only woman to direct Marlon Brando. He received an Oscar nomination for his role- also making her the first Black person to direct an actor to an Oscar nomination.

Just two years later, in 1991, Julie Dash wrote, directed, and produced the first film by a Black woman to get a widespread, US theatrical release. This film was Daughters of the Dust. Both of these films received critical acclaim, making them some of the most historically important and classic films to date. However, many people have 1.) never heard of them; and 2.) never heard of the amazing women behind them. Why is that?

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My May Quarantine: Favorite Watches Streaming Now

*Marks off another tally on my wall, quarantine calendar*

Yes, I have been homebound for almost two months now. Falling asleep between 1-3 AM and waking up whenever. Wandering aimlessly throughout my apartment, watching way too much tv, and actually catching up on schoolwork in between. For the first month, life was a drag. I was sleeping far too often, eating way too much, and watching hours of TikTok. I wasn’t even putting effort into my writing much….but now, I’m back! Like Drake said, Jazzy back up in this thang, I’m ready. What’s happenin? Gone for quarantine but now I’m back again. I’m bout my paper like a mfckin scratch and winnnn.

Anyways, now that I’m back to my computer screen, I’ve got some tea to share. Some streaming tea. Now, I’ve watched a lot of shows and movies over the past month…like a lot, but I don’t want to bore you with all the gory details, so I’ll just give you some of the highlights of the past month. Here is a list of my favorite watches for May quarantine:

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Dear Diane Nguyen, From One Writer to Another…

Once described as the “Asian Daria,” Diane Nguyen is unlike the rest of her rag-tag counterparts. Her morbid, self-aware, and monotone nature stands out like a sore thumb in the middle of Hollywood’s A-list party. Her moral high ground is miles above the rest of her friends’, and that makes her not only the moral compass of the show much of the time, but it also gives her a condescending personality- one that she uses on others profusely, but rarely on herself. She is constantly talking down on her loved ones, simply because she expects more of them than they expect from themselves.

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Atlantics (2019) is a Coming-of-Age and an Ethereal Love Story

Atlantics (2019) was first released at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival when it competed for the Palme d’Or. The films director and co-writer, Mati Diop, made history when she became the first black woman who directed a film featured in the competition- also winning the Grand Prix award for it. After its release at Cannes and later in Senegal, the film was picked up and released on Netflix for wide viewing.

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Sexuality is not Just a Positivity, but It is a Necessity- Jezebel (2019)

ARRAY is the new voice of film artists of color and female filmmakers worldwide. Founded by Ava DuVernay, the independent film distribution company places focus on black stories and female voices, with it’s most recent release, Jezebel, being a manifestation of both.

Jezebel (2019) is a semi-autobiographical, coming-of-age film written and directed by Numa Perrier. The story follows 19 year old Tiffany (Tenille) through the struggles of growing up and losing her mother, while she also finds work as a cam-girl.

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How ‘Marriage Story’ (2019) Portrays One of the Greatest Criminal Acts Committed in a Marriage

Marriage Story (2019) is the brand new Noah Baumbach film released on Netflix this month. The film and its stars have been nominated for numerous upcoming awards, and its clips are being shared and discussed all over the tweeter every day. Whether you’ve liked the film or even seen it, you’ve at least heard of it and its explosive scene between the two main characters- Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) and Charlie (Adam Driver.)

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‘The Witcher’ is a Fantasy World with a lot of Kick-ass Women

“I bow to no law made by men who never bore a child.”- Queen Calanthe (The Witcher-2019)

Netflix’s new show, The Witcher, based on a slew of books, stories, video games, and more content of the same name, premiered just at the end of 2019 and really ended the streaming services year of shows and original films with a ‘bang.’ In the new series, we watch as states literally rise and others fall at the hands of those risen states, and we watch as Mages helm the opposing sides into victory. The Witcher is much like many fantasy shows of it’s kind, with witches and kings and queens galore, but what I believe this show began, and what I hope it will continue to do, is tell in-depth stories about the characters of its show and also offer ample opportunities for people, especially women, of color.

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After the Big Kiss, Reality Sets In- To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020)

Every once in a while, a romantic-comedy is released and restores a little bit of peace to the world. The rose-colored haze of epic loves and grand, romantic gestures seen on film is enough to make almost anyone forget the trivialities of real life for just an hour and a half and completely allow themselves to be swept away by the fairy-tale.

When To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before released back in 2018, it felt like an ample amount of people collectively got swept away by its fairy-tale. And we absolutely loved it! With the amount of success and adoration the first film received, it came with no surprise that the sequel was approved. After that epic declaration of love and the magical kiss on the lacrosse field, audiences sat impatiently to see what problems the next film would bring the shining, young couple.​