Each week I write about the Movies, TV Shows, Music and Arcade experiences available across all our Apple screens, with a focus on escapism. This week is different.
This week leads with a selection of programming that will most likely leave you uncomfortable, angry or even upset. The hope is that you turn that energy into being proactive in the fight against racism.
Film and television have always played an important role in moving us forward as a people. The murder of African American George Floyd yet again highlights the current reality for persons of colour - one that we as a people cannot allow to continue.
TV App | $6.99 | 1 hr 33 min | PG-13
Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, entitled Remember This House. The resulting film is a radical examination of race in America, using Baldwin's original words and narration from Samuel L. Jackson to take the audience on a journey of black history, from the Civil Right movement all the way to today with #BlackLivesMatter. Also available to view through Amazon Prime.
Hulu | 1 hr 52 min | TV-MA
This 2018 documentary film chronicles the real-life struggle of a group of whistleblowers within the New York Police Department as they fought against the illegal arrest quotas they're pressured to abide by.
TV App | 2 hr 13 min | PG-13
An adaptation of Angie Thomas's bestselling novel, The Hate U Give tells the story of a black student in a mainly white private high school who witnessess the fatal shooting of her childhood friend by a policeman. The film has a great deal to say, as does lead character Starr, juxtaposing the two worlds she inhabitants and the pressures that come from all sides when standing up for what is right.
TV App | 2 hr 16 min | PG-13
Currently free to view, this powerful true story follows a young lawyer who forsakes other opportunities to defend those in Alabama wrongly condemned, or those who could il-afford proper representation. Walter McMillian was sentanced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl despite mounting evidence proving his innocence. Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson star in this Destin Daniel Cretton film about racism within the legal system and the strength and will needed to seek true human justice.
TV App | 1 hr 50 min | R
Winner of best picture at the 2016 Academy Awards, Moonlight tells the story of self discovery, following the life of a young gay black man from childhood through to adulthood in a rough neighborhood of Miami.
CNN | June 6th | NR
This 60-minute special "Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism. A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Families" will air on Saturday, June 6, at 10 a.m. ET. The special will talk to kids about racism, the recent nationwide protests, embracing diversity and being more empathetic and understanding.
NetFlix/ YouTube | 2 hr 40 min | NR
As a British native, this 2016 documentary on the U.S. prison boom left me shocked. It has a long run-time but its worth every second as scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans in the U.S. of A.
Apple TV+ | 10 episodes | TV-MA
Taking its inspiration from Apple's "Dear Apple" marketing campaign this new limited docu-series from director R.J. Cutler shows how one person's story can impact the world. This collection of ten half-hour episodes profiles game-changing icons from the world of art, entertianment, sport and activism as they read letters from those they have inspired.
Apple TV+ | S1, E3 | TV-14
Entitled "Hat Luncheon", the latest episode from Apple's new animated musical sees Owen speak at a tense Hat Luncheon charity event, whilst Bitsy continues to her plot to buy the park and turn it into yet another shopping district.
Apple Arcade Updates:
Apple Arcade | Adventure | 12 +
Filled with Nordic lore, mysterious twists and consequential decisions, Wildboy Studios rhythm combat adventure adds a new arena game mode, new exclusive battles, leaderboards, bug fixes and improvements. High on many Apple Arcade gaming backlogs, I have a funny feeling that this flew under the radar for many - including myself - upon its initial release.
Apple Arcade | Adventure | 12 +
A politician murdered in his home, a detective with baggage and a rookie with a hidden purpose... The perfect set-up for Blazing Griffin Ltd's compelling story-led crime solving puzzler for which Episode 5 is now available.
Apple Arcade | Adventure | 9 +
Cornfax & Bros epic adventure sees an equally epic update this weekend. The highly anticipated golden edition update fleshes out an already incredible experience with all-new side quests, expanded narrative, new animations and an improved UI. The two new expansions "Shield of Cronos" and "Criminal Hunt" add a brand new dungeon and shield along with new mini-bosses and dungeon's to every region within the game.
Apple Arcade | Strategy | 12 +
Blindflug's multiplayer 1 vs 1 strategy game adds a brand new Ice Planet called Poli'ahu, a new local multiplayer quickplay mode, new enviroments for all planets, league rankings, a streamlined matchmaking system and lots more tweaks in its latest update. If like me, you struggled to find someone to play originally, now is the time to revisit.