January 25, 2012 |
PARK CITY, Utah — I have a confession to make. The only real reason I saw Spike Lee's new film at the Sundance Film Festival here is because it is set in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, where my oldest daughter started her career in an elementary school with Teach for America. Even though I think and write about religion for a living, I didn't attend "Red Hook Summer" because the program guide describes it as the story of a "firebrand preacher bent on getting (his grandson)
March 26, 2011 |
It's a little after 6:30 p.m. and dozens of millennials in skinny jeans and hoodies, with their hair swept forward, mill around the Mount Airy Fire Hall as the band A Spike Lee Joint sets up. "Come closer," lead singer G'Ra Asim , 24, urges the small crowd. "We promise, you want everything we got. " There are as many other bands as audience members, plus a smattering of parents, standing off to the side, but the vibe is appreciative and upbeat. Asim turns to his...
March 4, 2011 |
When Anthony Mackie found out that Vanity Fair wanted him for the cover of its Hollywood issue, his initial reaction wasn't entirely enthusiastic. In fact, it might be more accurately described as clueless. "They were like, yo, Vanity Fair wants you for the cover," he says. And I was like . . . " He pauses to make a high-pitched "mmm" sound that conveys his initial doubts about the whole thing. "I mean, all right. I don't know what I'd wear. And then, the night it came...
August 26, 2009 |
Spike Lee's eye proves both a benevolent and beneficial addition to the imaginative canvas of "Passing Strange," the buoyant coming-of-age musical that last year introduced Broadway audiences to the rock troubadour Stew. The cinematography and editing are superb in Lee's effervescent film version -- called "Passing Strange: The Movie" -- which is unveiled Wednesday on a new on-demand cable service , Sundance Selects, available locally on Comcast. His refined documentary style is put to such good use that the...
August 18, 2009
Michael Jackson would have turned 51 on Aug. 29. To celebrate Jackson's life, Spike Lee is throwing a Brooklyn block party on that day. "It's going to just be how we do it, Brooklyn-style, I'll leave it at that," Lee said. "It's going to be a joyous, festive, celebratory party. " And free. Lee said he's been hit hard by Jackson's death, so he decided to host the birthday party. "We're of the same era," said Lee, who grew up following Jackson's career, including watching Saturday-morning Jackson 5...
July 3, 2009 |
"D o the Right Thing" -- the Spike Lee joint that kick-started tough conversations about racism and prompted boom boxes across the country to blast "Fight the Power" -- celebrates its 20th anniversary this week with a new DVD ($29.98) and Blu-ray ($39.98) release, both of which feature digitally remastered versions of the film, perfectly polished for the new millennium. The question is: Does this day-in-the-life-of-Bed-Stuy saga still hold up in the era of Barack Obama? The answer is a resounding yes. "Do the Right Thing" remains...