I know, I know, we just got through the December holidays, made our resolutions . . . maybe even still working on them too . . . and now here comes another holiday where I have to make plans, pick up a gift OR maybe have no interest in any of that? Yep. I am here to help those in full-blown Cupid mode or those just hanging in there this time of year.
Certain movies I like to champion and bring in a popular favorite to anchor the night. Tonight's night is a double-feature of lost love - Love and Basketball + Sweet Home Alabama. The recipe for success on a night like tonight is simple for those of us who like a little bit of regret, lost opportunities and ultimately some sort of redemption with our flicks, even when love is in the air. Take Love and Basketball and set it aside, we warm up the night with an easy dish like Sweet Home Alabama and a fun role for Reese Witherspoon to be . . . well . . . Reese Witherspoon, and sometimes that is just what is needed. Sweet. Simple. Romantic. Look no further than here.
In my mind, Love and Basketball is one of the most overlooked romantic movies of all time. There are all of the elements of great love stories: history, mistakes, conflict and redemption. Additionally, great performances from Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps, as well as and great direction from Gina Prince-Bythewood frame up this movie to be shown every Valentine's Day as a go-to favorite.
WHAT'S FOR DINNER?
One question to ask: Are we going to break the bank?
Yes - Double-feature of steak, lobster of course and a vegetatian option of roasted cauliflower, quinoa and roastes red pepper combo
No - Order takeout from your significant other's favorite restaurant. We gotta listen for these types of things folks. Extra order and it is leftovers for lunch tomorrow.