3.20 – SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT and Choice

Our next director is a Goliath of American film: Spike Lee. We start with his 1986 ‘joint’ SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT: reviews, tentative thoughts on African-American cinema, and why this film was ahead of its time.

 
Next Week
Our next Spike Lee joint is possibly his most famous movie, DO THE RIGHT THING (1989), which is available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqI9gvZMOGo&t=4077s.
This Week’s Media
ALL TOGETHER NOW (2018): Rob Beckett, Geri Horner, James Fox
NOW YOU SEE ME (2013): Louis Leterrier, Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo
Recommendations
TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY (1991): James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton
STRAIGHT OUT OF BROOKLYN (1991): Matty Rich, George T. Odom, Ann D. Sanders
CLERKS (1994): Kevin Smith, Brian O’Halloran, Jeff Anderson
COFFEE AND CIGARETTES (2003): Jim Jarmusch, Bill Murray, Tom Waits
Footnotes
It’s a book-heavy week this week (unsurprising, given the political and racial concerns of our directorial subject). This is a good introduction to black American cinema: https://books.google.co.uk/books?hl=en&lr=&id=DV7eNmmAWkMC&oi=fnd&pg=PR7&dq=spike+lee+cinema&ots=nG8ocaA0mN&sig=9guy7CoRylGmndwYvjfrC_VhFhs#v=onepage&q=spike%20lee%20cinema&f=false. We don’t talk much about Lee’s musical segment in this film, but this is enlightening: https://books.google.co.uk/books?hl=en&lr=&id=W4WgP7F2MF8C&oi=fnd&pg=PR9&dq=black+Americans+inema&ots=oEx0oovAYQ&sig=6zk0Jk9lzeBdSKd-6nGANOZjUKc#v=onepage&q&f=false. After Rob’s thoughts on independent cinema, this is a good article on some of the films which came in the decade after SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT: http://www.tasteofcinema.com/2014/the-20-best-american-independent-films-of-the-1990s. Finally, thanks to @sean_batten again for his help with the Prestige audio.