And now it gets heavy. December is when the big guns come out, both at the multiplex and the art house, as awards season is in full swing and distributors …Read More
Spike Lee held a press conference/protest in Times Square Tuesday night, speaking out against gun violence following the New York premiere of his latest film, Chi-Raq.
Spike Lee’s Timely Diversity Comments Deserve Better Than an Honorary Oscars Ceremony No One Got to See
Last weekend, Spike Lee finally got an Oscar. Sure, it followed his losses for Best Original Screenplay for Do the Right Thing and Best Documentary for 4 Little Girls (to say nothing of the trophies he deserved and wasn’t even nominated for, for Malcolm X and 25th Hour and so many more); it was an Honorary Award, presented to the filmmaker in recognition of his full body of work. And while it doesn’t negate his previous slights, what the hell, it’s also the only Oscar they gave Hawks, Altman, or Lumet, so he’s in good company. The difference, however, is that we got to see those iconic filmmakers receive their only Academy Award — and that’s no longer the case, which is particularly galling considering the importance of what Lee chose to tell his movie-making peers.
“Homicides in Chicago, IL have surpassed the death toll of American special forces in Iraq,” begins a news anchor’s voiceover in the (just-released-on-IMDB) trailer for Spike Lee’s anticipated upcoming film, Chiraq.
Most of those who see it will do so on a television, or an iPad, or an iPhone. To put it mildly, it’s not the most ideal way to see a movie like this. But it’s also apparently the price of doing business when you’re making a movie for grown-ups these days. …Read More
…Along with Gena Rowlands and Debbie Reynolds, The New York Times reports. Of course, the honorary awards won’t be presented during the live broadcast in early 2016, but at the Motion Picture Academy’s Governor Awards this November. After just two nominations and no wins in Lee’s three-decade career, though, we’ll take what we can get.
Along with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as is tragedy’s unfortunate wont, the disaster on the Gulf Coast produced one of the most important bodies of nonfiction filmmaking in the recent American …Read More
From hip-hop’s Golden Age forward, filmmakers have used the music as a cinematic mood-setter, cueing up the period’s greatest records and borrowing their street cred, anger, and/or anti-authoritarian impulses (sometimes straight, sometimes ironically). These are a few of our favorites. …Read More
Mia Hansen-Løve’s Eden opens this weekend — her new film set during the EDM scene in ’90s France. It features portrayals of several real-life DJs, including Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter. For anyone heavily into the club scene during this time, Eden will surely feel somewhat nostalgic.