Pull Out the VHS: Best Black Films of the ’90s PART II
Subsequent to the release of the box office hit Think Like A Man that came out last month, we decided to go down memory lane and reminisce about some of the best black films of the ’90s. Last time we gave you few movies that we loved in part one and noticed many of you were quite anxious for part two, and even had films that you wanted to recommend. Well, here it is: Part 2, and you will not be disappointed. And if you are…*Kanye shrug* We tried…
Love Jones (1997)
Many people seem to love Love Jones. Why? Because most would agree that unlike most romantic films, it’s one of those movies that just keeps it real about the struggle in searching for love. It’s a black urban romantic comedy set in Chicago, involving a a male poet named Darius (Larenz Tate), who persistently pursues a female photographer, the lovely Nina. But feelings are soon assessed by her after a series of romantic obstacles are set in motion that force her to try and find out if her old beau is the real deal or if she needs to be with Darius. The movie includes a great soundtrack and several scenes intertwined with soulful jazz music and spoken word.
It’s a heartwarming Spike Lee Joint that I have to say has been overlooked, and a pretty funny movie as well. Taking place in the ’70s in Brooklyn, we follow the semi-autobiography of a school teacher, her husband, and their five interesting children. As I watch how the children interact with one another it reminds me of how I was brought up as a child, not wanting to eat my vegetables, arguing with my sister over the dumbest things, dancing to “Soul Train,” and basically being a kid. Plus, the collection of music used in the film will have anybody jamming.
New Jack City (1991)
Who could forget the notorious Cash Money Brothers with their big gold chains, shoulder-padded coats, and high-top fades? Or what about the hot Christopher Williams? This crime-packed thriller about the drug game is a must see, which also features Ice-T’s acting debut. And who doesn’t have at least a few lines memorized from this classic?
Cool Runnings (1993)
“Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, it’s bobsled time! COOL RUNNINGS!” Who could forget this popular quote from Sanka Coffie, one of the Jamaican bobsledders played by actor Douglas Bourne (aka, Doug E. Doug). Walt Disney’s Cool Runnings is a fun story that shows the courage of a group of friends (though they didn’t all necessarily get along all the time) from Jamaica who try to compete with the big boys in the winter Olympics. This movie is seriously hilarious, and a nice film pushing for the underdog.
Losing Isaiah (1995)
Losing Isaiah is a heartfelt drama about an adoptive and natural mother’s love for a child surrounded by a bitter and controversial custody battle. Halle Berry kills it as she portrays a recovering crack addict fighting to get her son back. This movie will certainly bring tears to your eyes as we see how the story unravels and find out which mother will ultimately get to keep the young boy.
Mo’ Better Blues (1990)
This is another Spike Lee Joint that got two thumbs up from Siskel and Ebert, but it should have received an Oscar in the Best Actor category for Denzel Washington and the supporting actor, Wesley Snipes. This drama has a bit of an Idlewild flair in some scenes. It’s not only filled with great jazz music and great looking people, but it’s also a poignant tale about love, brotherhood, and rivalry on the stage.
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