“It’s a tale of good and evil. Hate: it was with this hand that Cane iced his brother. Love: these five fingers, they go straight to the soul of man. The right hand: the hand of love.” When we chose Spike Lee for our next premium podcast, we had no idea that the U.S. would be in the midst of a series of urgent and unprecedented protests against racism and police violence by the time we recorded it. There are few directors whose movies speak to this moment better than Spike Lee and so we proceeded to dig into the following films: She’s Gotta Have it, Do the Right Thing, Clockers, He Got Game, Summer of Sam and 25th Hour. Discussion topics include Spike Lee as an actor in his own movies, key casting choices that kickstarted several careers, both expected and unexpected examples of product placement, his standout scores and soundtracks not to mention his overall lasting cultural impact. Why is the ending of Do the Right Thing so powerful and consistently relevant? Is Summer of Sam an underappreciated gem or do we all have nostalgia blinders on? Why is the title of 25th Hour missing a word? Do the right thing and download this month’s premium podcast below.
In light of the global response to the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Regis Korchinski-Paquet, and countless others, we are donating the first month of all proceeds received for this episode to Black Lives Matter and additional organizations via the Act Blue Racism and Police Brutality Funds.
This podcast is available for a MINIMUM donation of $1, but we encourage you to give more (if you can) between June 8th, 2020 and July 9th, 2020. Film Junk is proud to join in with and offer support to all of those fighting to raise awareness of a broken system that must be changed. #BLACKLIVESMATTER Thank you all!