It’s a rainy and warm day in New York, and I keep wanting to cuddle up with a movie and call it a night. Instead, I’m finishing up some work, shooting some photos, and heading to dinner with girlfriends.
With that in mind, and with spring finally in full bloom, I keep thinking about my favorite movies from the 90’s. There’s something about the shift in weather, that while gorgeous, rainy, and even a bit humid, reminds me to open the windows and settle with a movie and a glass of wine in the evening.
I’ve said it before, but Crooklyn is one of my favorites! It sort of feels like home. The storytelling is extravagant and 100% accessible in the same. When watching it, I always connect a bit to my childhood self; whether remembering how often I watched it, or seeing myself in Troy (as I imagine many young black girls did).
This May, BAM (here in Brooklyn) is focusing on Black 90s, a turning point in american cinema. Here’s how BAM describes it, “The 1990s witnessed a historic number of films made by African-American directors who forever altered what we thought of “black aesthetics” and who created touchstone works that continue to inspire contemporary filmmakers. Bringing together popular hits and unsung gems, this expansive (though by no means exhaustive) program surveys the rich variety of genres—from indie drama to comedy to romance to noir to queer cinema—upon which black filmmakers left their mark, making crucial strides in a fight for representation that continues today.” If you’re in New York I suggest going!
Do you have a favorite movie from the 90s?
Love Jones, Menace to Society, Boyz n the Hood
Ahh, such good choices, Tara!
i love all your essays … Crooklyn is great. Do the Right Thing is also great.
life is beautiful
Dangerous Minds! I cried so hard.
Love that choice. A good cry is always necessary.
After going to see that movie, my best friend Jean and I would randomly say to each other, “We will ALWAYS go out dancing!” And we did. For years. 🙂