Spike Lee

10 Great Directors and the Composers They Couldn’t Live Without

The Criterion Collection’s must-have box set of the month is The Essential Jacques Demy, but that title may not be entirely accurate — it’s also, in many ways, the Essential Michel Legrand, since all but one of the set’s six films (the weakest one, natch) were made by the French filmmaker in partnership with musical legend Legrand. And Demy and Legrand’s frequent collaborations are far from unusual; throughout Hollywood’s history, distinctive filmmakers have paired with composers who were well matched to their style, and been loathe to work without them. Here are a few of cinema’s most memorable director/composer partnerships: … Read More

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The 25 Best Coming-of-Age Movies Ever Made

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood continues its seemingly inevitable move towards world domination, expanding to more theaters over the weekend and capturing the imaginations and hearts of even the most jaded moviegoers. Meanwhile, Naomi Foner’s evocative Very Good Girls also opened last weekend, with a welcome female take on that whole “becoming a grown-up” thing. In other words, it’s a very good time for the coming-of-age movie, where maturity is gained and lessons are learned and lifelong memories are made, so with that in mind, we’ve rounded up a few of our all-time… Read More

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‘Do the Right Thing’s’ 25th Anniversary: What the Hell Happened to Spike Lee?

Over consecutive Sundays, one in Manhattan and one in Brooklyn, New York filmgoers had the opportunity to contemplate two very different Spike Lees. Last night, the filmmaker (and several members of his cast and crew) gathered at the closing night of BAMcinemaFest for a 25th anniversary screening (co-presented by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) of his masterpiece Do the Right Thing, a film that maintains its power, humor, and thoughtfulness after all these years. The previous Sunday, Lee appeared at the closing night of the American Black Film Festival to present his new, crowd-funded film Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, a picture so bafflingly bad that it hardly seems the work of the same filmmaker. It seems as good a time as any to ask: what the hell happened to Spike Lee? … Read More

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Spike Lee: “We Predicted Gentrification”

“I’m not gonna talk about gentrification tonight,” Spike Lee said early in last night’s Q&A, following the Brooklyn Art Museum’s… Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: Julie Klausner’s USA Comedy, PBS’ Genderbent ‘Frankenstein’

The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week, renewals, cancellations, and pickups galore! … Read More

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