Spike Lee talks BlacKkKlansman, Trump, and the legacy of Do The Right Thing

Spike Lee’s latest, the funny, topical crowd-pleaser BlacKkKlansman, comes to home video on November 6, and is available to download now. In honor of the occasion, the two-time Oscar nominee sat down with The A.V. Club to talk about the film, its connection with President Trump, and the uncanny prescience of Do The…

With BlacKkKlansman, Spike Lee turns a dull memoir into an energetic crowd-pleaser

A few years ago, I wrote an essay bemoaning the way Hollywood explores the subject of prejudice. Too often, I argued, the films it makes are uplifting period pieces—Race, Get On Up, 42, The Help, Loving, Hidden Figures, etc.—which together suggest a world where racism is not only a problem from the past, but also one…

Topher Grace assures Seth Meyers David Duke's BlacKkKlansman racist improvs aren't his

Spike Lee tapped into the banality—not to say blandness—of evil in casting usually amiable That ’70s Show star Topher Grace as BlacKkKlansman’s 1970s-era racist asshole David Duke. On Monday’s Late Night, Grace explained the insight he got into that casting process when he watched the former KKK leader’s shiftily…

Spike Lee’s messy, funny BlacKkKlansman clowns on the dipshit thugs of skinhead America

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Based, as the opening credits pronounce, on “some fo real, fo real shit,” Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman is a riotous mess of contradictions: a true story that seems too outrageous to actually be true, a period piece that’s also a red-alert bulletin on current affairs, a very funny comedy about the very unfunny business…

BlacKkKlansman is Spike Lee’s best and most entertaining film in ages

On this week’s episode of Film Club, critics A.A. Dowd and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky sit down to discuss the latest from Spike Lee, which tells the bizarre true story of Ron Stallworth, a black detective for the Colorado Springs Police Department who infiltrates the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan by posing as a white…

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…

Archer's got a talking parrot, and Margot Robbie's got the bloodlust, in today's trailer happy hour

Welcome back to Trailer Happy Hour, where we collect the day’s teasers, trailers, promo spots, and general pop culture marketing detritus, and boil them all down to one simple, easy-to-digest digest. Today, we have on-tap a murderous Margot Robbie, a priest on the edge, a former spy getting farted on, and a…

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

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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…

Spike Lee and Jordan Peele are making a crime thriller about the KKK

Jordan Peele delivered clever and potent insight on race relations with Get Out—not to mention made a stellar horror-comedy—and now he’s poised to do it again alongside none other than Spike Lee. Variety reports that the two directors are teaming up to make Black Klansman, a crime thriller about the Ku Klux Klan. John…

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