In 1989, Spike Lee released Do the Right Thing, a galvanizing portrait of racial tensions boiling over in one Brooklyn neighborhood during one long summer day. It’s a film that remains as powerful today as it was all those years ago. It’s also still depressingly relevant, as Lee’s film ends with the police murdering neighborhood local Radio Raheem – an act that leads to a riot.
All these years later, very little has changed in the real world that Lee was reflecting, and after a weekend that saw protests breaking out across the country over the murder of George Floyd, Lee cut together a short film called 3 Brothers that blends his film with the real-life deaths of Floyd and Eric Garner, another African-American killed at the hands of the police.
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It’s been over 30 years since director Spike Lee released the provocative, insightful, and unfortunately prescient racially charged drama Do the Right Thing. The film follows a pizza delivery man named Mookie (played by Lee himself) as he makes the rounds in a Brooklyn neighborhood on one of the hottest days of the year. Tensions rise with the heat, leading to an explosive confrontation between whites, blacks and the law.
Sadly, Do the Right Thing is still relevant to this day as protesters clash with the police in the wake of the unlawful deaths of too many black citizens around the United States. As we watch history unfold, a video essay takes a closer look at one specific element of Do the Right Thing and how it’s used to represent the increasing tension between white and black people in Brooklyn. Read More »
Even though Christopher Nolan is hoping Warner Bros. will release Tenet into movie theaters in July, there’s one director who isn’t prepared to go back to movie theaters yet. Spike Lee has emphatically said that not only is he skeptical about getting back to work on his upcoming projects, but he won’t be going back to a movie theater until there’s a coronavirus vaccine. Read More »
Spike Lee is back with Da Five Bloods, his latest movie that’s headed to Netflix next month. Lee’s film follows four African-American veterans who head back to Vietnam in search of the remains of their dead squad leader – and buried treasure. Delroy Lindo, Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, Isiah Whitlock, Jr., Jonathan Majors, and Chadwick Boseman star. Watch Da Five Bloods trailer below.
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Spike Lee‘s love for the city that he was raised in has never been more apparent than now: when New York City has been at the center of a health crisis stretching months and months. The Oscar winner and lifelong Knicks fan has been appearing on the news and speaking out on social media about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and now he has released a short film on Instagram dedicated to the city he loves and the healthcare workers on the frontline of the pandemic. Read More »
With movie theaters out of commission as quarantine stretches on, it was unknown when we’d see the new Spike Lee joint. But the BlacKkKlansman director always keeps us on our toes — announcing the surprise release of his new war drama, Da 5 Bloods, on Netflix. Lee took to Twitter to announce the Da 5 Bloods release date, which will be premiering globally on the streamer this June.
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Lately, there’s been an aggressive push from some to reopen just about everything, including movie theaters. It’s understandable – we’re all sick of being quarantined, and cabin fever is setting in. But the coronavirus is still here, and it would be a big mistake to rush reopening movie theaters too soon. And filmmakers Spike Lee and Armando Iannucci both agree.
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Despite what some gibbering blowhards might tell you on twitter dot com, you should really stay the heck inside right now. I know it’s inconvenient, I know it’s frustrating, I know everyone just wants this to be over. I get it! But for now, please – stay inside. And if you need something to occupy your time indoors, Spike Lee is here to help. The filmmaker decided to do the right thing and help quarantined folks by uploading his unmade Jackie Robinson script for all to read. Inside. Where it’s safe.
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The 92nd Academy Awards are almost upon us, and if there’s one certainty going into Oscar night, it’s that some worthy talent in some category will be overlooked in favor of a lesser talent. No nominee or winner is undeserving of recognition, but snubs are also an essential part of Oscar history and directors are not immune to them. In fact, some of the greatest directors of all time have gone their whole career without receiving a proper Best Director Oscar.
Film is fundamentally a collaborative medium, and we’re only a little over a month removed from a decade where the movie industry shifted to a more producer-controlled landscape in which IP-friendly tentpoles seemed to occupy all the best real estate. Yet the best directors, the ones with the most singular voice or vision, do tend to bolster the case for auteur theory, whereby a director can be considered a film’s primary author. With that in mind, here’s a roughly chronological look at ten great film authors eluded by the golden statuette for Best Director. With each name on this list, we’ll be seeking to answer three questions: who did they lose to (if they were ever nominated), what film or films should they have won for, and why, oh, why didn’t they ever win?
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Director Spike Lee is busy in post-production on Da 5 Bloods, a film starring Chadwick Boseman, Paul Walter Hauser and Giancarlo Esposito. But soon he’ll be taking the time to bring a Broadway stage production to theaters.
David Byrne’s American Utopia is an acclaimed Broadway show featuring the frontman of the band Talking Heads performing songs from his seventh solo album in a unique stage show along with 11 other diverse musicians from around the globe. Spike Lee will be directing a filmed version of the show for audiences to experience in theaters. Read More »