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Reply #240 on: October 25, 2017, 05:50:26 PM
Adam Driver Joins Spike Lee’s ‘Black Klansman’ Thriller

“Star Wars” actor Adam Driver is attached to star in Spike Lee’s “Black Klansman,” a crime thriller about the KKK.

Laura Harrier of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” has also been cast. Lee will direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, and Kevin Willmott.

Lee is producing with Jordan Peele along with Sean McKittrick, Shaun Redick, and Raymond Mansfield of QC Entertainment, and Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions. Productions companies are Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions, QC Entertainment, and Blumhouse. Focus Features is releasing.

The movie follows Ron Stallworth, a detective in Colorado Springs, Colo., who in 1978 answered an ad in the local newspaper seeking new Klan members. John David Washington was announced last month for that role. Stallworth rose through the ranks to become the head of the local chapter — even though he’s African-American. He sent a white officer in his place for any in-person meetings.

Driver will play the role of an undercover police officer who is the best of the Colorado Springs police force. He is known on the force for being anti-social, and he’s a perfectionist, critical of others’ mistakes, but brave and dedicated.


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Reply #241 on: April 29, 2021, 11:23:35 AM
On Criterion Collection:

BAMBOOZLED (2000, dir. Spike Lee)

Goddamn, I love Spike Lee joints. Shot on MiniDV mainly, with its diegetic television segments on Super 16mm, reality and fiction here are held accountable as one and the same helix.

Never afraid to cite texts and cinema history -- here Spike's fearlessness involves every measure of medium and media, creating a film that must gain potency depending on the audience. Do you feel its anger, its truth and fatality, are you laughing? This history iz recent, and the toxicity of what we ignore or abide will seep into our language.

"In 1948 approximately 200,000 American homes had television sets; fifteen television stations were broadcasting regularly. By 1958 some 520 stations were broadcasting to receivers in 42 million homes. Today there are tens of thousands of broadcasters and approximately 100 million homes have television homes have television sets. More than 95% of American homes have TV sets today, approximately 14 million of which are color. In fact there are more TVs in US homes than telephones, bathtubs, or refrigerators. TV antennas bristle from the rooftops of ghetto shacks that don't even have plumbing. An estimated quarter billion television receivers are in use around the world.

Television is the software of the Earth."
Gene Youngblood (1970)

Capital nature of appropriation iz stretched in so much zenith that culture accretes onto each characters' conscious. It could fool you into thinking it's camp-satire at the onset, but each turn gets closer to the violent agitation of revolution. If the dominating power structure readily welcomes the ideas -- this ideology has now been co-opted by ruling class.

“People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very simply; by the lives they lead.”
James Baldwin, No Name in the Street (1972)