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2010s in Film: Why I Love #20 “Dear White People”

Counting down my top 25 favorite films of the last decade and just why I love them. Black Lives Matter.

#20 Dear White People (2014)

Writer / Director: Justin Simien | DP: Topher Osborn | Music By: Kathryn Bostic. Starring: Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Kyle Gallner.

Well 👏🏾 Written 👏🏾

In Dear White People, we follow Sam, via the platform of her titular college radio show, and three of her colleagues as they unmask dark truths of their Ivy League experience.

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When this came out, it hit me like an anvil. Finally, someone from our generation is tired and said it

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This film gives each featured black experience a full voice, understanding, and a much needed and nourishing why.

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Simien explores how Coco experiences colorism,

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which drives her to blend in to crowds where she both stands out and fits in.

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What’s harder, being black enough for the black kids or black enough for the white ones? Being neither.

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Yeah, it’s confusing as fuck. 

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And then, just…everything happening with Troy 😰

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By the time it’s over, what remains is weight of their exhaustion and an ultimatum to move.

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So yeah, to be continued…

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2010s in Film: Why I Love #21: Little Birds

Counting down my top 25 favorite films of the last decade and just why I love them.

#22 Little Birds (2011)

Writer / Director: Elgin James / DP: Reed Morano / Composer: Elgin James / Music Supervisor(s): Elizabeth James

Little Birds beautifully displays the physical and emotional implications of abandon and the performances and cinematography win this for me.

Ali and Lily live this adolescent existence where they have responsibilities beyond their scope and perform a role as the stable element in the unstable universes of their respective adults.

Just as Lily approaches her breaking point, on time arrives a team of boys who steal Lily’s gaze and lure the friends away from home to the desolate outskirts and onto L.A.

The boys skate in empty pools, live in an abandoned hotel, and have “abandoned society” altogether.

All these kids have escaped, and they push each opportunity to seriously dangerous limits to sustain their anarchist lifestyle. Lily finds this thrilling…while Ali just hangs, reluctantly, waiting for the whole thing to inevitably burn so she can get her friend back to town in one piece.

I enjoy this film because Ali consistently stands up for herself, no matter how many times she gets negged by Lily or by the boys for being honest, observant, and genuinely concerned.

And Lily *sigh*.

You only get a little time between a cut and knowing how deep it is.

Here’s the trailer ⬇️

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2010s in Film: Why I Love #23 “Blue Jay”

Counting down my top 25 favorite films of the last decade and just why I love them.

#23 Blue Jay (2016)

Writer: Mark Duplass | Director / DP: Alexandre Lehmann | Music by: Julian Wass. Starring: Mark Duplass, Sarah Paulson, Clu Gulager

I love this movie because of the unspoken connection between Jim and Amanda – two adults who really know each other, and at this point in their lives might be the only people for one another who truly fit that bill.

Immediately, #IYKYK they go way back with a slick reference to Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam.

Time has passed, they see each other, and all the care comes rushing back. You don’t even have to put it into words – it’s all in their eyes, smiles, and the space that’s left in conversation.

Loss is difficult, and it can throw you all over the place emotionally, so I’m pleased to see Jim experience active grief onscreen.

Then there’s Amanda, pausing to take in Jim’s childhood house – the pictures on the wall – that’s the boy I knew. Going through the closets, smelling clothes, reading letters. 

Always trying to keep it on the up, the couple staves away the looming “talk” all night, replacing it with fun trips down memory lane, dance moves, inside jokes, and playing back tapes – which the 90s kids know is a landmine waiting to happen.

Ex-couples dream of this kind of experience. Happenstance leading to resolving all of your past issues in one brisk, fun-filled day overlooking the beautiful scenics of the town that grew you both.

Blue Jay. I mean, it’s a fantasy, right?