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Spike Lee / The Dolly Shot (by Richard Cruz)

Matt Zoller Steitz:

“What I love most about this video is how it neutralizes whatever observation one might have about the appropriateness or inappropriateness of a shot in a given Spike Lee film by placing them all together in a single short video, so that the shots’ inventiveness, showiness and beauty take center stage, and you’re no longer watching characters in a story, but living sculptural objects driving through a series of spectacular and sometimes haunting settings.”

The best part of Spike Lee’s movies: the dolly shot.

Without the 1-dimensional characters, convoluted plots, anti-climactic endings or pretension.

It’s beautiful.

Special shout-out to Terence Blanchard and Bill Lee for the awesome soundtracks.

(via theresonatingchamber)

REWIND: Siskel & Ebert review Boomerang (1992)

So this is my favorite movie. I’ve seen it more than a 100 times. But I don’t remember the nude version of this scene. O_O

I do remember this, though…

According to Robin, she lost her virginity with Eddie Murphy when she was 19 years old - pre-“Saturday Night Live”. I guess they were rehashing old times on the Boomerang set. :)

Oh and…Ebert? I understand the point you were trying to make. Since I have more than 30 seconds to make it, here goes:

Siskel was committing the cardinal sin of letting his and others’ prejudices/expectations about an actor inform his opinion of the film instead of letting the art stand on its own (see Tyler Perry critics who freely watch all of his work but claim to hate his guts). It’s an expected trait in a human, but an extremely annoying quality in a critic.

Obviously, Siskel wanted to see “dangerous” Trading Places Eddie Murphy - in a ROMANTIC COMEDY. To say that there wasn’t anything fresh in this innovative movie while also dismissing the “new” Eddie Murphy is laughable from a post-Adventures of Pluto Nash 2011 point of view. What you irrationally contrarily hate can alllllways be worse, Siskel. Always. I was a fan of this show, but many of Siskel’s opinions on films were an early indicator of a future brain tumor. #justsayin

Aquarius Siskel just liked to disagree with anything Gemini Ebert said, and Ebert’s priceless facial expressions made their airy dynamic enjoyable to watch.

Budget: $42 million (the first all-black film with a maaaaajor budget)

U.S. gross: $70 million (~ $140 million if adjusted for inflation)

Worldwide gross: $131 million (which would be $400+ million if adjusted for inflation with digital sales included)

Without Boomerang, there would be no Will Smith. I wonder what Siskel would’ve thought about Hitch

My guess: “We’ve seen this before, Roger.”

If you’ve ever complained about a Tyler Perry film or play bringing down the black race or destroying entertainment as we know it, check out this trailer. If you enjoy quality black indies, then you will enjoy A Good Day to Be Black & Sexy. I agreed to see the film because the title intrigued me. I finished watching because the stories and characters weren’t predictable. I like the film because it’s sweet, amusing and thought-provoking.

2008 USA 93 MIN VIDEO
DIR/SCR Dennis Dortch
PROD Layla Sewell

This mix tape of deftly arranged vignettes serves as a dreamy celebration of the beautiful and chocolate coated—or does it? A sophisticated, knowing look at modern relationships, this is a sharply detailed, at times acid comedy about the (almost) universal problems of modern love.

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