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02.27.15 Ian Blair

Last week, the Film Society of Lincoln Center concluded its beautiful ode to an era, “Tell it like it is: Black Independents in New York, 1968-1986.” The survey of more than a dozen titles produced during the period, some never-before seen, offered a peak into an unheralded, often forgotten moment of visual storytelling which is […]

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05.29.14 Andy Cush

BAM is hosting a Spike Lee retrospective this month that will feature the filmmaker and gentrification-hater‘s NYU master’s thesis alongside his better-known work. It’s called Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads, and it was assistant directed by the auteur’s classmate Ang Lee. Here’s the plot synopsis, via BAM: Lee’s Student Academy Award-winning NYU thesis film displays the brash stylistic […]

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02.26.14 Andy Cush

Last night, Spike Lee gave a talk at Pratt Institute for Black History Month that included what by all accounts was a pretty incredible section on gentrification. Listen below. The topic came up when an attendee asked Lee about the “the other side” of gentrification — a line of discussion the filmmaker was happy to […]

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07.11.13 Marina Galperina

Spike Lee has been setting himself up remaking Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy from The Vengeance Trilogy. And now, the trailer is here so we can all JUDGE HIM. NSFW! LET’S JUDGE HIM. Yeah, Josh Brolin looks like he spent 20 years imprisoned in a room without any explanation and even displays flourishes of Min-sik Choi’s dark comedic awkwardness as he scuttles […]

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10.17.12 Andy Cush

Just in time for the upcoming election, NYC streetwear brand Rocksmith has teamed up with Spike Lee’s 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks for a new t-shirt featuring the likeness of our president and the title of a very popular Jay-Z/Kanye West song. The shirt, which also channels this iconic image of Biggie, looks dope, […]

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04.25.12 Marina Galperina

Here’s just about every dolly shot in Spike Lee’s movies, supercut to Cymande. Watch them walk without walking as the background rolls away, recedes or spins. Works optimally for intoxicated or morally troubled characters. Ooh, so introspective. The first time you see Spike do this, it’s like, woah. The second time, it’s like, hey wait… And then, it’s […]

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07.11.11 Marina Galperina

Spike Lee just started shooting the Do The Right Thing prequel, sequel or spinoff Red Hook Summer. He’ll be reprising his role as Mookie, now the other old boy. […]

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07.06.11 Marina Galperina

Fresh clucking fodder for fellow film geeks: Spike Lee is in talks to direct the remake of the South Korean, Kafka-esque, Greek tragedy-style (read: very fucked up) revenge tale Oldboy. […]

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11.04.10 Marina Galperina

Teens from the Children’s Aid Society called out Spike Lee for the high concentration of Absolut Brooklyn ads in Bed-Stuy and peddling his booze “in areas that can barely afford food.” Spike’s curiou$ moral code: Slap a “Da Bomb” sticker on a 40 in Bamboozled to expose exploitation in targeted alcohol advertising, but put a brownstone decal […]

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05.21.10 Bucky Turco

Continuing with their ‘City Series’ of limited edition vodkas, Absolut enlisted once relevant film director, Spike Lee, for Absolut Brooklyn. Flavored with apple and ginger, the bottle features an artsy depiction of the guido-surrounded, Cobble Hill building he grew up in. |Grub Street| […]

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