I am a movie junkie. One of my simple pleasures is to roll over to my favorite multiplex, buy myself a large tub of buttered popcorn, sit in the middle of the third of fourth row from the screen and happily munch away while checking out a movie. I attend five to six a year at my local multiplex in addition to my ever growing DVD movie collection.
I love Black cinema. I grew up in a time when I had Black oriented movies pop up briefly during the 70's 'Blaxplotiation' era, then watched them disappear until Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It hit the screens in 1986.
Because of that experience, I have a deep appreciation and desire for seeing my cultural experience and stories realistically portrayed on the silver screen and actors who reflect my ethnic heritage. African-American oriented movies have priority for my movie going dollars and being added to my DVD movie collection. When those movies debut I try to see them on either the first or second weekend of their release.
So TransGriot readers, this is my personal Top 25 favorite Black films of all time and ten that made my Honorable Mention list. I'm going to revisit this topic during the 2008 Oscars and see if my thoughts have changed. Feedback is welcomed as well.
Here's the list (2007 version)
1-Any Oscar Micheaux filmed movie. Without Oscar, there is no Black film industry.
2-Imitation Of Life
3-The Color Purple
4-She's Gotta Have it
7-Love and Basketball
11-Cotton Come To Harlem
13-Waiting To Exhale
14-Madea's Family Reunion
16-The Best Man
2-Set It Off
3-New Jack City
7-Deliver Us From Eva
12-Sweet Sweetback's Bad Ass Song