The best movies of Cannes 2018, plus a serious Palme D’Or threat at the end of the festival

Apologies to anyone hoping for a first impression on the closing night film of Cannes, Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. It’s premiering right now, as I type this, but I’m on a flight to New York instead, ready to return to real life after 11 days in the bubble. I’ve missed or am missing a few other…

Spike Lee isn't mincing words with his message for "that motherfucker," Donald Trump

You’d be forgiven for losing track of every detail of the topography of America’s long, bumpy road from November 2016 to the present day, a shitty road trip where every whispered city name provokes an impromptu game of “School Shooting, White Supremacist Rally, or Poisoned Water Supply?” Still, “Charlottesville” is…

Spike Lee teams up with Jordan Peele for the funny, pointed, uneven BlacKkKlansman

BlacKkKlansman (Grade: B), Spike Lee’s first entry in the Cannes competition lineup since 1991’s Jungle Fever, never outright mentions that it takes place in 1979. We can ballpark the year through context clues, like the ostentatiously dated fashion choices and the opportunity Lee takes to play around with the imagery…

Spike Lee and Jordan Peele bring the true tale of the BlacKkKlansman to life in new trailer

The first trailer for Spike Lee and Jordan Peele’s BlacKkKlansman, the Dave Chappelle sketch that turned out to be a true story that’s now a major feature film, has arrived. Denzel’s son John David Washington stars as Ron Stallworth, a black cop who was able to infiltrate the Klu Klux Klan in 1970s Colorado with the…

She’s Gotta Have It is Spike Lee’s best work in decades

She’s Gotta Have It is good. If you look at Spike Lee’s career, it’s easy to fault him for his missteps: He has difficulties portraying characters outside of his male experience, his range is often harmed when his ideas get too expansive or the material is too different from his own life. All of these issues caused…

Meet the new Nola Darling in first teaser for Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It series

Netflix’s has released the first look at its new Spike Lee joint: A series based on the director’s early feature, She’s Gotta Have It. Like the film, the teaser is primarily in black and white, save for its final image, which features the protagonist—artist Nola Darling (DeWanda Wise)—sitting up in a bed. When the…

Two new Netflix films reexamine JonBenet Ramsey and Rodney King through performance

“What more is there to say?” It’s a question that plagues any attempt to wade back into yesterday’s headlines—the stories that have been covered so exhaustively, so round-the-clock extensively, that their every sordid detail is now burned into the public imagination. Indeed, without new information, what more can be…

14 Bush-era political artworks that stood the test of time

The George W. Bush years were dark, no matter which side of the aisle you sat on. Less than a year into his first term came the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, and everything thereafter was haunted by the specter of war—first in Afghanistan and then, erroneously, in Iraq. The U.S. government engaged in torture…

MTV’s The Year In Rock: 1991 looks back at what it deemed “a pretty bad year”

With the benefit of hindsight, 1991 was a watershed year for rock music. That was the year of Pearl Jam’s Ten and Nirvana’s Nevermind. A documentary released in 1992 even referred to it as The Year Punk Broke. The alternative revolution was just entering its golden age, as evidenced by the popularity of the inaugural…