Day: May 4, 2019

The Best Movies on Netflix Right Now (May 2019)

Last Updated: May 2, 2019

When it comes to streaming TV and films, Netflix has got you covered. In May 2019, lots of exciting new movies and TV shows are coming to the streaming platform, across a variety of genres. Whether you’re into romantic comediesdocumentaries, crime thrillers, prestige dramas, or horror movies, there’s something for everyone. And speaking of documentaries, Beyoncé’s Homecoming is officially available to stream, so you can relive the magic of Beychella, and then relive it again with her live concert album of the Coachella performance. We stan a generous queen!

Recent blockbusters like Avengers: Infinity War and the Oscar-nominated Black Panther and Coco, are also available. Barry Jenkins’ stunning 2017 Best Picture winner, Moonlight, his adaptation of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s unproduced play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue,” is also coming to Netflix, along with some lighter comedy fare, including Zombieland and Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj. So what are you waiting for? Here are the best movies on Netflix right now.

Director: Lee Chang-dong
Starring: Ah-in Yoo, Jong-seo Jun, Steven Yeun

One of the most acclaimed non-English movies of last year, Burning is the latest film from acclaimed South Korean director Lee Chang-dong. Based on the short story “Barn Burning” by Haruki Murakami, Burning follows Jong-su (Ah-in Yoo), as he watches former neighbor Hae-mi’s (Jong-seo Jun) cat while she goes on a trip. When Hae-mi returns, she introduces Jong-su to Ben (Steven Yeun), a man she met while abroad. While the plot may seem simple, Burning has a mysterious and tense atmosphere as we learn more about the mysterious Ben, played wonderfully by former Walking Dead star Yeun. At two and a half hours, Burning is a slow burn (no pun intended) that will keep you hypnotized from beginning to end with its elusive stories and well drawn characters. Despite wide critical acclaim, Burning was not nominated for the Best Foreign Language Academy Award, but became the first Korean film in history to make the nine-film shortlist for nomination.

Director: Andrea Arnold
Starring: Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough

Actress Sasha Lane has steadily made a name for herself with eye-catching roles in indies such as The Miseducation of Cameron Post and Hearts Beat Loud, but her career started when director Andrea Arnold discovered her and cast her in the lead role of American Honey. Lane plays Star, a young woman who runs away from home to join a traveling sales crew that sells magazine subscriptions door to door across the Midwest. She soon gets sucked into their lifestyle when she becomes close to crew member Jake (Shia LaBeouf). Arnold is known for her realistic depictions of young women, and she’s in top form here, creating an unconventional coming of age drama around Star. Lane is remarkable in the lead role, and her performance is made all the more astonishing when considering that it’s her first performance. All of that, combined with a perfect soundtrack (Rihanna and Calvin Harris’ “We Found Love” is put to perfect use), makes American Honey a coming of age road movie classic.

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: Andre Holland, Melvin Gregg, Zazie Beetz

One of Netflix’s latest originals is also one of the most critically-acclaimed movies of 2019 so far. Based on the real-life 2011 NBA lockout, High Flying Bird follows sports agent Ray Burke (Andre Holland) as he advises his rookie client (Melvin Gregg) on a controversial business opportunity that might just end the lockout and change the game forever. Logan Lucky director Steven Soderbergh is known for his flawless directing and uncanny ability to capture institutions, and High Flying Bird is further proof of this, boasting stunning iPhone-exclusive cinematography and sketching an efficient portrait of the (slightly fictionalized) NBA. Moonlight writer Tarell Alvin McCraney’s script crackles as well, featuring scenes filled with wall-to-wall fast-paced dialogue. McCraney and Soderbergh manage to make High Flying Bird so much more than just a typical sports drama: it’s also a deep look into the racism ingrained in the NBA and how one can be an activist within the institution itself. High Flying Bird is an intelligent and riveting watch.

READ MORE: https://www.complex.com/pop-culture/best-movies-on-netflix/high-flying-bird

True Religion Is Making a Comeback With Help From a Menswear Influencer

True Religion used to be the denim brand of choice for rappers like Jim Jones—the jeans were a key part of his uniform during the “We Fly High (Ballin’)” era—and 2 Chainz, who released a mixtape in 2011 named T.R.U. REALigion. According to Forbes, between 2007 and 2012, True Religion’s revenues almost tripled, reaching $490 million in 2013. But then the line,  best known for its horseshoe pocket embroidery and white stitching, fell off.

They are hoping Allen Onyia, who co-founded UpscaleHype in 2008, can usher in a new chapter for the brand as artistic director for the men’s and women’s collections. Onyia, who is based in Houston, has no formal design experience, but he’s spent the last decade identifying what celebrities and athletes like LeBron James, ASAP Rocky, and Pharrell Williams are wearing—and building relationships with them.

“I wasn’t necessarily looking for somebody who’s got technical design chops because I’ve got a whole design team here that has that,” said Chelsea Grayson, True Religion’s chief executive officer, who joined last November and was previously the CEO at American Apparel. “For me, it was about looking at the person and saying, ‘How does this person live every day authentically? How is this person dressing themselves?’ Because if you’re not dressing yourself in the way that I want to dress my customer, how can you possibly relate to my customer organically?”

Best New Music This Week: YG, Blueface, Young Nudy, and More

Between the NBA playoffs and the final season of Game of Thrones, we’ve had plenty of entertainment options lately. But we can always find time for new music, too. This week’s album release schedule was relatively light (outside of PnB Rock’s TrapStar Turnt PopStar and Vampire Weekend’s Father of the Bride), leaving plenty of room for artists to drop singles and begin larger rollout campaigns. After initially delaying his next album due to the death of close friend and collaborator Nipsey Hussle, YG unveiled his Tyga and Jon Z-assisted single “Go Loko” on Friday. Meanwhile, Tyler, the Creator has been sharing new music snippets on social media, adding credibility to those rumors that his next album will arrive by July. Looks like it’ll be a busy summer. Until then, these are the best songs of the week.

Buried under the lede of all the 21 Savage vs ICE fuckery was the detail that his cohort Young Nudy got popped alongside him. Free the slimeball! Thankfully Nudy is out, and he isn’t wasting any time flooding the game with what we’ve been missing. Under delightfully spooky production from Pi’erre Bourne, Nudy slurs his way through an absolute banger, before Uzi comes in and unleashes his fully-loaded retirement clip. Can’t wait to see what the slimes do next. —Frazier Tharpe

READ MORE: https://www.complex.com/music/best-new-music-this-week-yg-blueface-young-nudy

Canelo vs Jacobs Live on DAZN

When Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs enter the ring at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena on May 4, the bout will represent more than a pair of world champions squaring off. Two distinct cultures will literally come face-to-face.

Canelo, 28, the highest-paid boxer in the world, will ignite his Mexican fan base as he tries to legitimize his place as one of the all-time greatest pound-for-pound fighters. A victory means he’ll hold five middleweight title belts (WBA, WBC, The Ring, Lineal, and IBF) at once, placing him in rarefied air.

Across the ring, Jacobs, 32, the “Miracle Man” cancer survivor from Brooklyn, has a chance to shift the boxing power dynamic to the East Coast. With a stellar 35-2 record and the IBF middleweight championship around his waist, his talent is evident but a marquee win is still lacking. Defeating Canelo, who has a five-year, 11-fight, $365 million deal with sports subscription streaming service DAZN (pronounced “Da-Zone,”) changes that narrative for Jacobs. It would make him, arguably, the best middleweight fighter on the planet. Not to mention, he’d strut back into NYC with a whole bunch of belts to show for it.

The differences between the fighters go beyond in-ring tactics and accolades. Their journeys, culminating in the big-time, early spring showdown, feature personal hardships, agonizing defeats, and triumphant victories that helped lay the groundwork for a unique tale of the tape. Here’s how Canelo and Jacobs match up.

John Singleton: Revisit His Storied Career Through Photos

A few weeks ago, it was announced that groundbreaking filmmaker John Singleton had passed away following a stroke that he had earlier this month.

Singleton, the first Black filmmaker and the youngest director to ever be nominated for the Academy Awards’ Best Director trophy, had a storied career, helming films such as Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, Baby Boy and Four Brothers. He also jumpstarted the acting careers of names like Taraji P. Henson, Cuba Gooding Jr., and numerous others.

To honor the acclaimed director, Shadow And Act has gathered select photos from many different phases of his prolific career.