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Spike Lee Wrap-Up

Spike Lee podcast review

Another Five is in the bag! The guys look back at the five films they covered of Spike Lee’s canon and wonder why he isn’t appreciated as much. They bring up films of his they didn’t cover like When the Levees Broke, Inside Man and his Netflix show She’s Gotta Have It. Then they finish it up with their rankings and the announcement of their next Five.

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Episode #110 — BlackkKlansman

BlackkKlansman podcast review

Let’s Take Five covers their most recent film yet on the podcast. BlackkKlansman is the new Spike Lee film that was a big hit in this year’s Cannes film festival. They are joined by Chicago playwright David Guiden to discuss this political thriller where the first black police officer of a Colorado station goes undercover in the KKK. They discuss how the film depicts the police department and what the film says about the staying racism in today’s government.

 

Two notes: 1) As always, each episode looks at the film as a whole so there are spoilers about the end of the movie. And B) the episode has a slight digital corruption in the background of the episode that hopefully isn’t too distracting. It is not up to our usual standards, but we did not want to lose this episode with David.

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Episode #109 — 25th Hour

25th Hour podcast review

Shortly after the tragedy of 9/11, Spike Lee made a movie set in the heart of NYC that was not about 9/11. But of course it was. 25th Hour tells the story of one man hours away from going to prison and he tries to have his final moments with all of his friends and family. Based off a great book by a future Game of Thrones showrunner, Lee takes us through the ringer with a brilliant cast of Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rosario Dawson, Barry Pepper, Anna Paquin and Brian Cox.

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Episode #108 — Malcolm X

Malcolm X podcast review

Malcolm X is a figure that is often mentioned in history but never discussed to the extent he should be in schools. Spike Lee made a great Hollywood biopic epic about him and then was ignored by the Academy. Today the guys look back at an astonishing movie with so many layers and complications about its subject. And it highlights, perhaps, the greatest performance of Denzel Washington’s career. The guys have a lot to say!

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Episode #107 — Mo’ Better Blues

Mo Better Blues podcast review

How do you follow up Do the Right Thing? Making your first of many collaborations with Denzel Washington isn’t a bad idea. Mo’ Better Blues reunites Spike Lee with a lot of the Do the Right Thing actors but puts them all in a new vibrant environment. It is the story of a selfish trumpet player trying to be the best of his profession while also juggling the girls he’s cheating on. It’s an examination on what it takes to be a great artist as well as a look at what it takes to control your own fate. Also it’s a movie with awesome music in it.

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Episode #106 — Do the Right Thing

Do the Right Thing podcast review

It’s August! It’s hot! Not as hot as it was on this one street in Brooklyn in 1989. Do the Right Thing is powerful film about the lives of those on the street from the old man looking for enough money to buy his favorite beer, to boom box carrying man of morality to the Italian pizza owners. Spike Lee crafts an incredible story full of humor, warmth and one of the greatest on-screen discussions of race in America. If you haven’t seen it you….well….need to do the right thing.

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