Film festival season is officially underway, and while movies that emerge from fests like Venice, Toronto, and Telluride often become Oscar contenders, the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society isn’t ready to look that far ahead just yet. Instead, they’ve looked back at the films of the past few months and issued their Summer Movie Awards, with Mission: Impossible – Fallout and performers like John Cho (Searching), Toni Collette (Hereditary), and Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians) winning big.
Take a look at the full list of winners below.
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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, The BlacKkKlansman director Spike Lee breaks down his film heroes. Plus, watch the adorable Disney Princess scene from the Ralph Breaks the Internet teaser in 23 languages from around the world, and find out if Mile 22 star Mark Wahlberg is telling the truth in a new lie detector interview. Read More »
BlacKkKlansman opened this past weekend, and even though it didn’t debut in one of the top spots on the box office charts, it earned a respectable $10.8 million from just over 1,500 theaters. More importantly though, it’s been raking in all sorts of critical acclaim with a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, not to mention an A- from CinemaScore.
If you haven’t seen BlacKkKlansman yet, now is the time to go out of your way to see Spike Lee‘s most successful movie in over a decade. And once you see the movie (or if you already have), then you might be interested in a little BlacKkKlansman contest we’re holding that includes a poster signed by director Spike Lee and a few members of the cast. Get details below. Read More »
(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: Spike Lee’s latest movie is his first to cater directly to white audiences and that’s something worth talking about.)
At first glance, BlacKkKlansman checks all of director Spike Lee’s typical boxes — it’s black, unapologetic, and confrontational. It’s distinctly told from the point of view of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), the first black male police officer-turned-detective in Colorado Springs in the 1970s. That description alone is loaded with conflict, and Lee doesn’t shy away from any of it.
But the crux of the film tells an even more poignant story about this real-life hero, who boldly decides to go undercover in the Ku Klux Klan — with the help of his white Jewish colleague (Adam Driver) as his physical proxy while he infiltrates the hate group behind the scenes and through covert phone calls. It’s a radical plan and a subsequently radical film that succeeds in illuminating, through a common ground of oppression embodied by these two very different men, the true function of the KKK: absolute power and hatred of everyone who is not a white Protestant man.
But it’s the very thing that makes BlacKkKlansman as compelling as much as it is extremely palatable.
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Alongside the giant shark swimming into theaters this weekend in the form of The Meg, director Spike Lee is coming back to the big screen with what many have called his best and most accessible film in over a decade (though our own review finds the film to be a little clumsy while also enjoyable and outrageous).
BlacKkKlansman follows the real life exploits of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. But that’s not his crowning achievement. Stallworth set out to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s by going undercover in the racist organization. And a set of new BlacKkKlansman clips introduces us to some of the characters involved in this incredible true story. Read More »
Focus Features has just unveiled the first trailer for a new undercover thriller called Black Klansman – or BlacKkKlansman, if you prefer its stylized title. John David Washington (Ballers) stars alongside Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) in this incredible true story of a black police officer who infiltrated the notorious Ku Klux Klan hate group in the 1970s, and that’s not the only notable pairing of this film – it also teams producer Jordan Peele (Get Out) with director Spike Lee. Check out the first Black Klansman trailer below. Read More »
In late 2017, Spike Lee secretly filmed a performance of Antoinette Nwandu‘s play Pass Over at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre. Now, Lee brings the filmed play, a riff on Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, to Amazon. Watch the Pass Over trailer below.
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Following in the footsteps of fellow filmmakers Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, and Werner Herzog, director Spike Lee (Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X, She’s Gotta Have It) is the latest to sign up to teach classes through the online education company MasterClass. Anyone with an internet connection, an interest in filmmaking, and some cash to spare can watch videos of Lee relating his first-hand experience of making movies – including writing, financing, and more. Read more about the Spike Lee MasterClass below. Read More »
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Acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee might be getting in on that sweet superhero movie action. Lee is circling Sony’s Nightwatch, based on the Marvel comics character that first appeared in Web of Spider-Man #97. Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker is set to pen the script. More on the Nightwatch movie below.
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She’s Gotta Have It is being touted as a “modern update” of visionary director Spike Lee‘s breakthrough movie, but it feels like less of an update than a story that was always suited for modern, millennial times.
The 10-episode Netflix series remakes Lee‘s debut feature film, which was originally shot over the course of 10 days in a hot summer in 1986. That grimy heat isn’t replicated in the sleek new TV series, but the story is just as sweltering in the first full trailer for She’s Gotta Have It.
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