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February 15, 2007

Black History Month Movie Marathon

Everyone celebrates Black History Month in their own way. Personally, I like to watch an interracial dating movie marathon (and wonder why I haven't slept with more black men in my lifetime).

Jungle Fever
Spike Lee's story of interracial romance between an African American man (Wesley Snipes) and Italian-American woman (Annabella Sciorra). Everything I've read about this movie talks about how their relationship causes "intense pressure" from friends and family. Of course, that has nothing to do with the fact that he's married and she's his secretary?

This movie about a relationship between a white man (Michael Rappaport in his film debut) and an African-American female came out a year after Jungle Fever. A lot of people criticized it as simply trying to capitalize on the popularity of that film and jumping aboard the lucractive "interracial dating conflict" movie train. I don't think that's really fair though - it's like Spike Lee calling the kettle black - because this movie does have some important things to say (and pretty good acting).

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Sidney Poitier stars in this late 60s film about a wealthy white family who learns their daughter is engaged to a black doctor. It's a little bit dated (interracial marriage is hardly as controversial and shocking today as it was then) but is still a powerful movie.

Guess Who
A role-reversing remake of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner starring Bernie Mac and Ashton Kutcher. Need I say more?

Monster's Ball
This movie is about a racist, white prison guard who falls in love with the black widow of an executed inmate. This movie is worth it just for the disturbing sex scene between Hallie Berry and Billy Bob Thornton. (It's disturbing mainly because it includes Billy Bob Thornton).

Something New
I actually haven't seen this movie yet. I just find the concept of the title funny... a successful black woman dating a white man? She's just trying something new.

The Bodyguard
A pre-crazy, pre-druggie Whitney Houston stars as a singer/actress (big stretch for her, right?) who hires Kevin Costner to be her bodyguard.

A Bronx Tale
Although this movie is primarily a "mafia film", racism and interracial dating are also strong themes. It stars Robert DeNiro, Chazz Palminteri, and a pre-murder charges
Lillo Brancato.

Made in America
A young black woman discovers that her father was a sperm donor... but surprise - he's white! And even worse... he's Ted Danson. Co-stars Danson's then-girlfriend Whoopi Goldberg. Now that is just one fucked up couple, am I wrong?

Corrina, Corrina
Set in the 1950s, Whoopi Goldberg plays a housekeeper who changes the lives of a widower (Ray Liotta) and his daughter. There's a quote from the film: "A fish and a bird can fall in love, but where do they build their home?" That never made sense to me... which one of them is supposed to be the fish?

Lawrence Fishburne and Kenneth Branagh star in this classic Shakespearean tragedy of love, jealousy, deceit, and yes - interracial dating! Shakespeare was never so sexy.

This teen version of Othello stars Mekhi Phifer and America's favorite Shakespearean-remake queen Julia Stiles (she also starred in 10 Things I Hate About You - a Taming of the Shrew update - and Hamlet, opposite Ethan Hawke).

Save the Last Dance
Julia Stiles is at it again! Not Shakespeare this time... but the lily-white actress is again paired with an ebony hottie, Sean Patrick Thomas. This movie stars Stiles as an aspiring dancer and resulted in a super cheezy direct-to-video sequel Save the Last Dance 2 (which doesn't feature any of the original cast).

Marci X
Lisa Kudrow as a spoiled Jewish American Princess who takes over her father's hard-core rap label and falls in love with rapper, Dr. Snatchcatcher (Damon Wayans). Yes, it's as bad as it sounds... but it's so bad it's almost good.


Meeky P. said...

Speaking of disturbing sex scenes, that one in O between Julia and Mekhi...yeah, I was a little surprised.

I demand that you get on that sleeping with more black men thing right away! To balance things out, I shall take on as many White men as will have me!

Anonymous said...

I was just introduced to ESC's blog and I'm in love. I have to say, I've only dated one white "chocolate" male (my first for 3 years) and he was very good. He and I still keep in touch (get your mind out the gutter) after almost 10 years. I later fell in love with a beautiful dark brown chocolate of a man and had a cute little boy (like anyone thinks their child is truly ugly).

But anyhoo, back to the subject at hand: I'm all for interracial dating and I definitely think everyone should do it and least 2 times in their life. Unless that first one just maxed you out.