Spike Lee is back this year with Red Hook Summer, a film that continues his chronicle of Brooklyn living, as begun in She’s Gotta Have It and continued through Do The Right Thing, Crooklyn, and other films.
This time the focus is Flik (Jules Brown), a kid who leaves Atlanta for a summer to live with his very religious grandfather (Clarke Peters) in Red Hook, Brooklyn. With his grandfather pushing the church on Flik and various aspects of life in the projects hitting him for the first time, the only bright spot is Chazz (Toni Lysaith), a girl Flik takes up with, and who shows him the better side of city living. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
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There’s a good movie somewhere in the middle of the 130 minutes comprising Spike Lee‘s Red Hook Summer. A focused movie. A movie that has a lot to say about the conflict between younger and older generations, faith versus religion, young love and even technology. That movie is in there. Unfortunately, Red Hook Summer as it currently stands at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival is a bulky, dense and meandering film. It is at times thought-provoking and at others just plain confusing. Read More »
Fortunes can turn around fast in filmmaking. Earlier this year, Spike Lee was complaining about the difficulty financing new films. Then only weeks later he was kicking off the shoot for a film called Red Hook Summer, and then he was signed to direct a new version of Oldboy, possibly with Josh Brolin starring.
Most of what we know about Red Hook Summer comes from one early report and Spike Lee’s own Twitter account. We know that the film is in post-production now, and that he shot it on the Sony F-3. Most interesting to many will be that the film will see Lee reprising his Do the Right Thing role, Mookie. (Pictured above.) See the first promo image for the film after the break. Read More »
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The last time we heard from Spike Lee he was bemoaning his inability to get a film financed. After Miracle at St. Anna flopped three years ago, he couldn’t even get moneymen interested in a sequel to his most successful film, Inside Man, despite having stars like Clive Owen ready to go. There’s the report that Spike might direct the Oldboy remake that has been in development for quite some time, but that isn’t likely to happen soon. So when the director tweeted this morning that he was on the way to the first day of shooting for “the new Spike Lee joint,” what was he talking about? Perhaps a film called Red Hook Summer, in which he will reportedly revive one of his most famous characters: Mookie, from Do the Right Thing. Read More »