Quarantine & Chill


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Watching people fight over toilet paper is sad, but oddly better than pay-for-view.

The global coronavirus crisis has many of us working from home and out of school for the foreseeable future. With many local events cancelled because of the ban on large gatherings, it’s time to quarantine and chill. What are we doing for entertainment while we’re staying close to home? The OBSERVER is asking folks for their top choices of movies/television shows to watch until the pandemic passes (and it will).

I’ll start with what I’m watching: Netflix just put out Season 2 of “Kingdom.” I told myself I wouldn’t watch any end-of-days type stuff, but I’ve been waiting almost a year for the new season. It’s a zombie apocalypse set in ancient South Korea. The new season is only six episodes and the subtitles don’t actually match what’s being said, but still worth it. I’m also watching Season 3 of “Black Lightning” about a Black principal Jefferson Pierce (y’all remember Cress Williams as Khadijah’s boo on Living Single) who is a superhero, as are his daughters Anissa and Jennifer (played by China Ann McClain) with appearances by the great Bill Dukes and episodes directed by Robert Townsend. Wait a minute, did they just mention a SARS outbreak?… And the streets are talking (ok, the couches, because, well, you know) about the Madame CJ Walker biopic “Self Made” starring Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer, so I’ll watch that next on Netflix. Some are already calling it out for historic accuracy, but it’s worth a watch. Maybe it will reaffirm for somebody the importance of telling our own stories, flaws and all, and preserving our legacies.

Velma Sykes of Hidden Empire Film Group suggests watching dramas from Sacramento’s own filmmaker Deon Taylor. One of Taylor’s latest films, “Black and Blue” was recently nominated for an NAACP Image Award.

“Black and Blue,” starring Naomie Harris and Tyrese Gibson, is about a rookie female officer who inadvertently captures the shooting death of a young drug dealer by corrupt cops on her body camera. See the movie trailer at https://youtu.be/QCfSeVCr7ng. It’s streamed on
Amazon Prime, Vudu, YouTube and Google Play.

“The Intruder” stars Michael Ealy, Megan Good and Dennis Quaid. In it, a couple buys their dream home in Napa Valley, but the man who sells it to them turns their lives into a nightmare.

See the trailer at https://youtu.be/aKXvex7b1Ew.It’s streamed on Amazon Prime, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play, Hulu, Sling TV, and Starz.

“Traffik” stars Paula Patton and Omar Epps as a couple whose romantic weekend getaway turns into terror when they cross paths with a violent biker gang. Watch the trailer at https://youtu.be/oz-XiYNCo7o. The movie is streamed on Amazon Prime, Vudu, YouTube, and Google Play.

“Meet The Blacks,” features Mike Epps as a man who moves his family from Chicago to Beverly Hills, but learns that life isn’t all sunshine and roses when they must endure a 12-hour period of complete lawlessness. Watch the trailer at https://youtu.be/ivqhlpUCnZY. The movie is streamed on Amazon Prime, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play, Hulu, iTunes, Sling TV, and Starz.

“Supremacy” stars veteran actor Danny Glover as a Black man taken hostage by a fugitive White supremacist. Watch the trailer at https://youtu.be/mj5pENEbZZI. The movie is streamed on Amazon Prime, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play, Tubi, and iTunes.

Community health advocate and consultant Wendy Petko: “The Joy Luck Club,” because I love how it shows complicated, yet loving relationships between mothers and daughters.

“Scarface” just because. It’s a classic and never gets old for me. Also, “The Godfather” movies are awesome too. I love Al Pacino. “Not Easily Broken,” another focus on relationships between husband and wife. It shows how things can get out of control if you let it. Once you let go of what’s negative and focus on what’s important, you can turn it around.

More to come. What are you watching and why? Email me at genoa.barrow@sacobserver.com.

By Genoa Barrow | Senior Staff Writer