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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…

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John Singleton cares more about making good movies than winning awards for them

The lull between the Academy Awards nominations and the actual ceremony is about six weeks long, which allows for plenty of spilling of the proverbial (now “digital”) ink regarding the nominees, including opining on how 2016’s list of acting contenders could be as blindingly white as the previous year’s. Spike Lee has…