Do the Right Thing - Radio Raheem

Do the Right Thing is the movie that should have won the Best Picture Oscar for 1989, but like Glory — a film that depicted the real American Civil War, as opposed to the ongoing figurative one — it went without the nomination it deserved. The Academy Awards can be notoriously shortsighted. Earlier this year, Spike Lee finally took home a gold-plated statuette for Best Adapted Screenplay, but with the controversial Green Book still triumphing in the top category, his film, BlacKkKlansman, almost literally took a back seat to another Driving Miss Daisy.

It was as a college student in New York circa 2001 that I made my own personal discovery of Lee’s directorial work. He Got Game was playing in a darkened TV lounge in the campus center. Ray Allen and Rosario Dawson were sitting on a bench in front of the Wonder Wheel at Coney Island, their faces lit green, the camera gliding side-to-side as they exchanged dialogue. When you’re a 20-year-old riding the Metro-North Railroad alone into Midtown Manhattan, it feels like entering the center of American life. Lee’s films centered on other parts of the city, making slices of life there — and important chapters in history — come alive.

Do the Right Thing showed us the hottest day of summer in one Brooklyn neighborhood, where simmering racial tensions would boil over into a situation where few, if any, did the right thing. History repeats itself and life imitates art, just as it did five years ago on Staten Island when the police-chokehold death of Eric Garner showed the world a real-life version of Radio Raheem. This time, we didn’t need the empathy machine of a movie to make it real. All you had to do was watch a cellphone video on the news to see how little American society had changed.

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Do the Right Thing re-release

Spike Lee‘s monumental Do the Right Thing is turning 30, and to mark the occasion, Universal is re-releasing the movie into theaters with a new 4K restoration. The same 4K restoration is also headed to Blu-ray on the Criterion Collection, but if you’ve never had a chance to see Do the Right Thing in theaters, this is your chance.

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see you yesterday trailer

Teen time travel movies never felt so relevant. See You Yesterday, which is directed by Spike Lee protégé Stefon Bristol, gives a time travel twist to a Black Lives Matter story, following two teenagers who build a time machine to go back in time and save one of their brothers from being tragically gunned down by a cop. Watch the See You Yesterday trailer below.

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Old Electronics in Movies

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, take a tour of the warehouse where Hollywood gets the vintage electronics they need for movies set during different decades. Plus, find out how Spike Lee‘s adaptation of BlacKkKlansman compares to the book it’s based on, and Willem Dafoe breaks down his most famous characters from the movies. Read More »

Chadwick Boseman to Star in Da 5 Bloods

Director Spike Lee and actor Chadwick Boseman have been riding quite the wave throughout awards season. Spike Lee’s latest film BlacKkKlansman is nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, and it also landed him a Best Director nomination. Meanwhile, Chadwick Boseman is the star of the Best Picture nominated Black Panther, which earned six other noms. Now the two are teaming up for a new project at Netflix called Da 5 Bloods. Read More »

The LEGO Movie 2 Game of Games

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch the characters of The LEGO Movie 2 play Ellen’s Game of Games. Plus, watch the feature film nominees for the Director’s Guild of America awards have a 2.5 hour discussion about their craft, and watch a special look at A Star Is Born as the movie makes its way towards Oscar gold. Read More »

BlacKkKlansman in Theaters

The nominations for the 91st Academy Awards were announced earlier this week, and while The Favourite and Roma led the pack with 10 nominations each, let’s not forget that the frustratingly timely and relevant BlacKkKlansman also landed six nominations, including one for director Spike Lee. The film hit theaters back in August and has been available on home video for a few months now, but since the film has been given an extra boost of interest thanks to the Oscar noms, audiences will be able to catch BlacKkKlansman in theaters again. Read More »

Scooby-Doo - Director's Roundtable Discussion

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, there’s a scene in the live-action Scooby-Doo movie from 2002 that has driven some people crazy. Plus, The Hollywood Reporter hosts a roundtable with directors Alfonso Cuarón, Yorgos Lanthimos, Spike Lee, Ryan Coogler, Marielle Heller and Bradley Cooper, and Goldie Hawn and Kate Hudson team up to hijack a Warner Bros. Studio Tour. Read More »

Bradley Cooper - A Star Is Born - 2019 DGA Awards Nominations

The Director’s Guild of America has chimed in with their nominations for their annual awards honoring the finest achievements in directing in film and television for the year 2018. Much like his nomination for the American Society of Cinematographers Awards, it should come as no surprise that Roma director Alfonso Cuarón ended up with a nomination, especially after winning Best Director at the Golden Globes last weekend. But how did the other four nominations shake out?

Find out all of the 2019 DGA Awards nominations below, including film and television. Read More »

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BlacKkKlansman Clip

BlacKkKlansman tells the unbelievable true story of Ron Stallwortth, an African-American police officer who managed to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. Spike Lee helms the acclaimed film, which makes its way to Blu-ray this week. Ahead of the Blu-ray release, we have an exclusive BlacKkKlansman clip that delves into why Spike Lee was the perfect director to tell this story.

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