This weekend, 11-13 – 11-15, there’s some shit you should definitely watch.
BOYZ IN THE HOOD (1991)
If you’ve already seen this, it’s time for a re-watch. If you’ve never seen this, get on it quick. John Singleton‘s groundbreaking and sadly still relevant look at life in the hood and the systematic racism that perpetuates it, is a powerful movie from start to finish. Featuring exceptional performances from an all star cast (Laurence Fishburne, Ice Cube, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Morris Chesnut, Regina King) and a poignant screenplay, Boyz in the Hood can’t be missed. AVAILABLE ON NETFLIX
BILLY MADISON (1995) & HAPPY GILMORE (1996)
Speaking of nostalgia, remember when Adam Sandler made good comedies? Billy Madison definitely has it’s misses but it features some truly funny moments that still hold up today. Happy Gilmore on the other hand, is the comedian’s single best purely comedic outing. It’s phenomenally entertaining and hilarious throughout, featuring several fantastic character performances (Christopher McDonald, Carl Weathers, Joe Flaherty, Bob Barker, and most notably, Ben Stiller as a sociopathic nursing home worker) Both are available on HBO!
There are so many parallels between what’s going on with Trump and what was going on with Nixon that less than halfway through I lost count. Pulling absolutely no punches, Oliver Stone presents Richard M. Nixon and his administration, warts and all, and somehow manages to show a sympathetic human side of the man. Credit doesn’t solely belong to Stone, Sir Anthony Hopkins is phenomenal in the role, as is the entire cast ranging from Joan Allen as Pat Nixon, Ed Harris as E. Howard Hunt, Bob Hoskins as J. Edgar Hoover and even David Hyde Pierce as John Dean. At 191 minutes, Nixon feels more like a miniseries than a movie. If it was made in the last ten years it would have been a miniseries, but alas, in 1995 it had to be a film. AVAILABLE FOR $3.99 RENTAL ON AMAZON.
MANIAC COP 2 (1990)
Skip the the aimless first one, the sequel doubles down on the ridiculousness as well as the completely unnuanced police brutality commentary to give us a dumber Robocop that has been used and discarded by the system and is now back as a zombie to get sweet, sweet revenge on the NYPD. He even teams up with a serial rapist shamelessly patterned to look like Charles Manson. Easily the stupidest movie on this list. AVAILABLE ON AMAZON PRIME.
DEAD PRESIDENTS (1995)
The Hughes Brothers‘ follow-up to their great debut feature Menace II Society, Dead Presidents is about black and latino Vietnam vets struggling to get by after the war ends so they turn to robbing an armored truck full of old money that’s scheduled to be destroyed. Larenz Tate, Chris Tucker, Keith David, Six Feet Under‘s Freddy Rodriguez, Blade‘s N’ Bushe Wright and a chilling Bookeem Woodbine star. It’s a downer to be sure, but it’s a good addition to the “Our country is constantly fucking us” playlist. AVAILABLE ON HULU.
THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT (1996)
Add this to your list of “FUCK REPUBLICANS AND THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT” movies. Woody Harrelson is brilliant as Hustler magazine founder Larry Flynt who was selectively targeted by the Reverend Jerry Fartwell and Charles Keating for poisoning America’s dignity with close-up photos of labias. A young Edward Norton in one of his first roles plays his lawyer but the real star of the movie is Courtney Love as Flynt’s heroin-addled wife, Althea. Flynt is aggressively unlikeable and obnoxious to be sure, but that doesn’t mean he should be unfairly imprisoned. Oh, and Norm MacDonald is in it. AVAILABLE FOR $3.99 RENTAL ON AMAZON.
JUNGLE 2 JUNGLE (1997)
Holy shit, I haven’t seen this since it was in theaters twenty-three years ago. Watching it tonight with some friends and am expecting something horribly racist and cringeworthy. With Tim Allen, I wouldn’t expect anything different. AVAILABLE ON DISNEY+
AMERICAN PIE PRESENTS: GIRLS’ RULES (2020)
The only movie on this list I haven’t seen but somehow there’s another American Pie movie and it’s on Netflix and it looks fucking awful. Will Venmo anyone $5 who watches this and reports back to me. AVAILABLE ON NETFLIX.