Spike Lee musical

Spike Lee is always pushing forward, always evolving, and always doing interesting things as a storyteller. He has been making movies for more than 35 years, and now he’s about to attempt something he has never tried before: directing a full-blown narrative movie musical. In the wake of Lee’s filmed version of David Byrne’s American Utopia, the next Spike Lee joint will be a musical about an unexpected topic: the invention of Viagra. Read More »

David Byrne's American Utopia Review

“Thanks for leaving your house,” David Byrne tells the audience at the start of David Byrne’s American Utopia. He couldn’t have realized it at the time, but the statement is surreal now. This is the opening night film of the Toronto International Film Festival, and many of us can’t leave our houses. I myself am covering the festival remotely, watching American Utopia in my house rather than somewhere nestled into Toronto. It’s not the last time the surreality will take hold, because ultimately, David Byrne’s American Utopia is a show about connections. About reaching out and connecting with others – and it arrives at a time where doing such a thing in person is near impossible.  Read More »

david byrne's american utopia trailer

David Byrne’s American Utopia is the kind of once-in-a-lifetime Broadway show experience that will not leave you the same as you ever were. But you can experience it on the small screen with Spike Lee‘s dazzling concert film, coming to HBO and HBO Max. Watch the David Byrne’s American Utopia trailer and let the days go by until its premiere this October.

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The Matrix - Slow Motion 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, learn about the history of slow-motion in movies and how its place in cinema has evolved over the years. Plus, watch Moonlight director Barry Jenkins chat with director Spike Lee about Da 5 Bloods and a myriad of other topics in an hour-long chat. And finally, watch a special tribute to a fallen character from the first season of Solar Opposites. Read More »

TIFF 2020 Opening Night Film

The Toronto International Film Festival is going to be very different this year. Due to the coronavirus, the festival is putting its line-up online for press for the first time ever. And while there are still plans for in-person events, like drive-in screenings, things are going to be severely pared-down. Nevertheless, TIFF is still hoping to have a fest, and today they’ve announced their opening night film: the Spike Lee-directed David Byrne’s American Utopia.

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Ghostbusters 2 Retrospective

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 as Ghostbusters II director Ivan Reitman reminisces about making the sequel with writer and co-star Dan Aykroyd. Plus, listen as director Spike Lee breaks down a scene from his recent war drama Da 5 Bloods, available now on Netflix. And finally, see what it takes for Weta Workshop to create a detailed sculpture of a scene from The Lord of the Rings. Read More »

da 5 bloods cast

Da 5 Bloods, the latest Spike Lee Joint, has won considerable acclaim for its cast, particularly the performance from Delroy Lindo as a Trump-voting Vietnam vet with PTSD. But at one time, the cast of Lee’s latest movie would’ve looked very different. And while it’s safe to say that the film ended up with the right cast in the end, it’s hard not to daydream about what could’ve been – a film that would’ve featured Samuel L. Jackson, Denzel Washington, and more.

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David Byrne's American Utopia

Later this year, HBO will air the filmed version of David Byrne‘s Broadway show David Byrne’s American Utopia, directed by none other than Spike Lee. The stage show featured Byrne and 11 musical artists from around the world performing songs from the Byrne album of the same name, along with Talking Heads songs and other songs from Byrne’s solo career.

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da 5 bloods playlist

In case you forgot (there’s a lot going on right now), we’re getting a new Spike Lee Joint this week, and that’s exciting. Lee’s Da 5 Bloods arrives on Netflix this Friday, telling the story of four African-American Vietnam veterans who return to Vietnam on a mission to retrieve the body of their Squad Leader – and some buried gold, too. Ahead of the film’s release, Lee dropped Da 5 Bloods playlist on Spotify, featuring music from the film and tracks of Lee himself talking about the project.

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da 5 bloods review

Like a blast of dynamite, like a punch to the gut, here comes Da 5 Bloods, the new Spike Lee Joint that arrives during a month when protests against violence aimed at Black lives continue to spread throughout the country. Lee made his film before the current climate, but in many ways, it feels almost prescient as it deals with African-Americans fighting for rights they’ve been denied for centuries. It’s not a preachy film, but it is underscored with the undeniable acknowledgment of that fight. “We been dying for this country from the very get, hoping one day they’d give us our rightful place,” says a character played by Chadwick Boseman. “All they give us is a foot up our ass.”

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