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Red Hook Summer Blu-Ray Review

22 December 2012 4:10 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Spike Lee returns to Brooklyn for Red Hook Summer, his impartial film that focuses on religion, our economy and a handful of current hot topics that weigh down on our youth of today. Lee’s been out of the mainstream eye for a few years now, but Red Hook Summer is a strong reminder why we’ve all learned to know his name. The film is as hard-hitting and as relevant as Do the Right Thing was back when it saw release in the late 80s, only this time around Lee chooses to focus on an even smaller group of characters as he spreads his film out across one hot Brooklyn summer.

Flik (Jules Brown) goes to visit his grandfather for the first time over his long summer vacation. Up until this point young Flik has only experienced the finer things in life, like his iPad 2 and living in a very nice home. »

- Jeremy Lebens

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Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer Comes To DVD And Blu-ray December 21

12 December 2012 11:51 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Fans of Spike Lee, take note! Lee’s “Red Hook Summer” continues his Chronicles of Brooklyn series and will be making its way to Blu-ray and DVD December 21! “Red Hook Summer” stars Clarke Peters (“Endgame,” “Notting Hill”), Nate Parker (“The Great Debaters,” “Arbitrage”), Thomas Jefferson Byrd (“Ray,” “He Got Game”) and introduces both Jules Brown and Toni Lysaith. The release will include a director’s commentary with Lee, a behind-the-scenes featurette and a music video. If you haven’t heard about “Red Hook Summer,” here’s the synopsis: “The latest in Spike Lee’s Chronicles of Brooklyn (which also include She’s Gotta Have It, Do The Right Thing, Crooklyn, Clockers, and He Got Game),  [ Read More ]

The post Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer Comes To DVD And Blu-ray December 21 appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- monique

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Red Hook Summer Blu-ray and DVD Debut December 21st

12 December 2012 8:30 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The limits of faith and temptation are tested in the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release of Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer. Image Entertainment's One Village label will release the film on both Blu-ray and DVD on December 21, 2012. Red Hook Summer stars Clarke Peters (Endgame, Notting Hill), Nate Parker (The Great Debaters, Arbitrage), Thomas Jefferson Byrd (Ray, He Got Game) and introduces both Jules Brown and Toni Lysaith. The DVD will include a Director's Commentary with Spike Lee, a behind-the-scenes featurette and a music video.

The latest in Spike Lee's Chronicles of Brooklyn (which also include She's Gotta Have It, Do the Right Thing, Crooklyn, Clockers, and He Got Game), Red Hook Summer tells the story of Flik Royale, a sullen young boy from middle-class Atlanta who has come to spend the summer with his deeply religious grandfather, Bishop Enoch Rouse, in the housing projects of Red Hook. »

- MovieWeb

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Image Entertainment Sets DVD/Blu-ray Release Date For Spike Lee's 'Red Hook Summer'

11 December 2012 12:42 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

All the info you need follows in the press release below... Image Entertainment’S One Village Label Along With 40 Acres And A Mule Filmworks Set To Release Spike Lee’S Red Hook Summer On DVD And Blu-ray Chatsworth, CA – The limits of faith and temptation are tested in the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release of Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer. Image Entertainment’s One Village label will release the film on both Blu-ray and DVD on December 21, 2012. Red Hook Summer stars Clarke Peters (Endgame, Notting Hill), Nate Parker (The Great Debaters, Arbitrage), Thomas Jeffers on Byrd (Ray, He Got Game) and introduces both Jules Brown and Toni Lysaith. The DVD will »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Review: Red Hook Summer

9 September 2012 9:00 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Remember my Moonrise Kingdom review earlier this summer, in which I confessed that I'd tweeted the fatuous "oh yes oh Wes oh yes yes yes" after seeing the movie?

Oh, Spike Lee. Oh, no. No (sigh).

Red Hook Summer, Lee's latest feature film, disappointed me greatly. To compare it to my reaction to Moonrise Kingdom causes me to worry that I am a privileged hipster elitist who favors the precious over the real. I'm not going to dwell on whether that's accurate and to what degree, but I firmly believe that even if that's true, it's not why I couldn't engage with Red Hook Summer. Lee's movie about teenagers coming of age has structural problems, clunky performances and an excess of speechifying. As someone who is a great fan of Lee's New Orleans documentaries and several of his features, it is a letdown.

The barely-a-teen at the center of Red Hook Summer »

- Jette Kernion

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Film Review: Spike Lee Returns to Brooklyn in ‘Red Hook Summer’

24 August 2012 11:06 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – “I ain’t pawning my responsibility off as a parent and saying she’s in God’s hands.” What a powerful line. The idea that religion has been used as a crutch, an excuse for communities who preach that God will save their young ones when they need to do their part is a passionate and powerful one. And we all know that Spike Lee does his best work when he’s inspired by powerful ideas. “Red Hook Summer,” the controversial director’s controversial latest features Lee playing with fascinating concepts and working well with setting even if the final result isn’t quite the sum of its parts.

Rating: 3.0/5.0

Flik Royale (newcomer Jules Brown) has been sent from Atlanta to Red Hook, Brooklyn to live with his preacher grandfather Da Good Bishop Enoch Rouse (Clarke Peters of “The Wire”). Flik immediately butts head with his passionate relative, one »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Spike Lee, James McBride and Cast Talk Crafting an Authentic Experience with ‘Red Hook Summer’

24 August 2012 9:00 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Earlier this month, I was invited to Spike Lee‘s Brooklyn-based 40 Acres and Mule Filmworks, whereat yours truly was able to sit down with the Red Hook Summer director, his co-writer (James McBride), and the film’s main cast (Jules Brown, Toni Lysaith, Clarke Peters, and Nate Parker). The whole lot showed a clear passion for telling this specific story in this specific place because, if you were to ask them, the combination is extremely potent.

After gawking at various memorabilia which hangs around the 40 Acres office — signed posters for Apocalypse Now and various Scorsese features stood out amongst the Sal’s Famous delivery box — Lee sat down alongside Brown and Lysaith, though the foremost of those three did a majority of the talking.

Lee credited Edward Robinson, a teacher at Brooklyn’s Ronald Edmonds Learning Center — which he attended as a child — for discovering Brown and Lysaith, both of »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Red Hook Summer | Review

23 August 2012 3:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Summer Bummer: Lee Offers Strong Ending for the Devoted

With his first fictional film since 2008’s Miracle at St. Anna, the ever divisive Spike Lee returns with a film he himself personally financed, Red Hook Summer. While it does bear labor of love earmarks, this personal tale that touches on the gentrification of Brooklyn, unfortunately takes an awfully long time to find its voice. With a running time of 130 minutes, the first 90 feel like Lee wants to punish the viewer with a mixture of painfully wooden child actors, and worse, with plenty of unnecessary and wearying church sermons. If you’ve not been to the “good house” for a while, you might feel like you’ve been held hostage to the word by Spike Lee. But if you’ve the patience, Lee has a rewarding payoff in store for you in the film’s final fourth that lessens the load »

- Nicholas Bell

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Red Hook Summer Exclusive Movie Clip

22 August 2012 10:33 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Watch an exclusive clip from Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer, starring Jules Brown, Thomas Jefferson Byrd and Toni Lysaith Scripted and helmed by Spike Lee, Red Hook Summer is a drama which follows a middle-class Atlanta boy whose life is changed after spending the summer with his very religiuous grandfather in the Red Hook housing projects of Brooklyn. The latest in Spike Lee’s Chronicles of Brooklyn series (which also include She's Gotta Have It, Do The Right Thing, Crooklyn, Clockers, and He Got Game), Red Hook Summer tells the story of Flik Royale, a sullen young boy from middle-class Atlanta who has come to spend the summer with his deeply religious grandfather, Bishop Enoch Rouse, in the housing projects of Red Hook. Having never met before, things quickly get off on the wrong foot »

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Red Hook Summer Exclusive Movie Clip

22 August 2012 10:33 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Watch an exclusive clip from Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer, starring Jules Brown, Thomas Jefferson Byrd and Toni Lysaith Scripted and helmed by Spike Lee, Red Hook Summer is a drama which follows a middle-class Atlanta boy whose life is changed after spending the summer with his very religiuous grandfather in the Red Hook housing projects of Brooklyn. The latest in Spike Lee’s Chronicles of Brooklyn series (which also include She's Gotta Have It, Do The Right Thing, Crooklyn, Clockers, and He Got Game), Red Hook Summer tells the story of Flik Royale, a sullen young boy from middle-class Atlanta who has come to spend the summer with his deeply religious grandfather, Bishop Enoch Rouse, in the housing projects of Red Hook. Having never met before, things quickly get off on the wrong foot »

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[Review] Red Hook Summer

10 August 2012 10:30 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It’s hard to pinpoint where, exactly, Spike Lee went wrong in Red Hook Summer, mainly because he takes most of the runtime to even make a truly proper step. If nothing else, his first Brooklyn-set feature since 1998’s He Got Game — and, in some minor way, a follow-up to the director’s 1989 classic, Do the Right Thing — carries a love for the borough which marked Lee’s early career; the area is lovingly, beautifully shot, and a sense of atmosphere manages to permeate even minor scenes of interior discourse. The man still knows Brooklyn like the back of his hand.

That can only go so far, though, when the film’s script doesn’t cohere for the first 90 or so of its (too-long) 120-minute runtime. Worse yet, on a purely formal level, it’s a period in which scenes seemingly start, stop, and are proceeded by sequences cursed with the very same affliction. »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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10 New Images from Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer

3 July 2012 9:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing, 25th Hour) returns next month with Red Hook Summer, his first feature since 2008’s Miracle at St. Anna. The first trailer landed last month, and now Variance Films have released ten new images from the film.

Written and directed by Lee, the film stars newcomer Jules Brown as Flik Royale, alongside Clarke Peters (The Wire), Nate Parker (Red Tails), Toni Lysaith, James Ransone (How to Make it in America), and Thomas Jefferson Byrd (Bamboozled).

“The latest in Spike Lee’s Chronicles of Brooklyn anthology–which also includes “She’s Gotta Have It” (1986), “Do The Right Thing” (1989), “Crooklyn” (1994), “Clockers” (1995), and “He Got Game” (1998)–Red Hook Summer tells the story of Flik Royale (Jules Brown), a sullen young boy from middle-class Atlanta who has come to spend the summer with his deeply religious grandfather, Bishop Enoch Rouse (Clarke Peters), in the housing projects of Red Hook. »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Trailer For Spike Lee.s Brooklyn Coming-Of-Age Story Red Hook Summer Debuts

28 June 2012 6:36 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Watch the trailer for Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer. 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks will partner with New York-based Variance Films for the theatrical release, which will begin August 10 in New York City theaters, expanding to the top 30 markets throughout the month of August.

The latest in his Chronicles of Brooklyn anthology (which also include She’S Gotta Have It, Do The Right Thing, Crooklyn, Clockers, and He Got Game), Red Hook Summer tells the story of Flik Royale (Jules Brown), a sullen young boy from middle-class Atlanta who has come to spend the summer with his deeply religious grandfather, Bishop Enoch Rouse (Clarke Peters, The Wire, Treme), in the housing projects of Red Hook.

Having never met before, things quickly get off on the wrong foot as Bishop Enoch relentlessly attempts to convert Flik into a follower of Jesus Christ. Between his grandfather’s constant preaching and the culture shock of inner-city life, »

- Michelle McCue

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'Red Hook Summer' Trailer: Spike Lee Gets Down Brooklyn Style, Again

28 June 2012 1:26 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

"Red Hook Summer" made a splash at Sundance, and with good reason. The latest installment from director Spike Lee's Chronicles of Brooklyn seems like an innocent, coming-of-age tale at first: A young Atlanta boy, Flik Royale (Jules Brown), goes to stay with his overtly religious, preacher grandfather Bishop Enoch Rouse (Clarke Peters) in the Red Book projects of Brooklyn for summer vacation. Flik considers the summer to be a waste until he befriends Chazz Morningstar (Toni Lysaith) who opens him up to new experiences.  But the film caused a commotion with a »

- C. Molly Smith

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Spike Lee’s ‘Red Hook Summer’ Trailer: Gangs, Old School Religion, & iPads

28 June 2012 8:14 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

As we continue through a summer filled with uncomfortable triple digit temperatures, Dunkin Donut Coolatas, and blockbuster releases, director Spike Lee (Malcolm X) is steamrolling toward - what looks to be – a very controversial summer. The trailer for Lee’s latest film Red Hook Summer, courtesy of iTunes Movie Trailers, has finally arrived and can be viewed above.

Apart from the deeply religious tone that you’ll quickly notice upon viewing the trailer, you’ll also notice Lee uses a unique style by inserting various shots that look as if they are direct from old home videos. How these shots will be used during the film remains to be seen.

Red Hook Summer stars rookie actors Jules Brown and Toni Lysaith, as well as Treme alumni Clark Peters and James Ransone. The film will also feature an appearance by Spike’s Mookie character from Do the Right Thing. Lee co-wrote »

- Jason Marrero

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Watch: Trailer for Spike Lee's 'Red Hook Summer'

28 June 2012 7:12 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Spike Lee's Red Hook Summer premiered at Sundance and to my recollection was met with middling reviews before being picked up by Variance Films. The pic will now see a limited release on August 10 and the first trailer has arrived in preparation for its roll-out. Lee describes the film as a new entry in his "Chronicles of Brooklyn", which also includes She's Gotta Have It, Do the Right Thing, Crookyln, Clockers and He Got Game and centers on Flik Royale (Jules Brown), a sullen young boy from middle-class Atlanta who has come to spend the summer with his deeply religious grandfather, Bishop Enoch Rouse (Clarke Peters), in the housing projects of Red Hook. Having never met before, things quickly get off on the wrong foot as Bishop Enoch relentlessly attempts to convert Flik into a follower of Jesus Christ. Between his grandfather's constant preaching and the culture shock of inner-city life, »

- Brad Brevet

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Spike Lee 'Red Hook Summer': Boys meets grandfather in trailer - watch

27 June 2012 11:55 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A new trailer for Red Hook Summer has debuted. Spike Lee's latest film continues his 'Chronicles of Brooklyn' series with a story about a boy and his grandfather. Jules Brown stars as Flick Royale, a boy from Atlanta who goes to stay with his preacher grandfather Enoch Rouse (Clarke Peters) in the Red Hook housing project for the summer. Torn between his grandfather's religion and the shock of inner city life, it takes the friendship of a young girl (Toni Lysaith) (more) »

- By Hugh Armitage

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First Trailer for Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer

27 June 2012 8:20 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

There was a lot of buzz surrounding Red Hook Summer in development because director Spike Lee reprises his role from the 1989 classic Do the Right Thing.  There were other elements that bode well for one of the better Spike Lee joints in recent years, including the Brooklyn setting and star Clarke Peters (The Wire).  Red Hook Summer polarized critics at Sundance (Matt gave it an "F"), which could be viewed as another positive sign, given Lee's resume.  Both the good (the music, visual flair) and the bad (poor child actors, drowning in that melodrama) are on display in the first trailer. Jules Brown, Toni Lysaith, Nate Parker, James Ransone, and Thomas Jefferson Byrd star alongside Peters in Red Hook Summer.  Let's you and I wait until it opens on August 10 to make up our minds.  In the meantime, test the waters by watching the trailer after the break. Click to »

- Brendan Bettinger

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Trailer for Spike Lee’s ‘Red Hook Summer’

27 June 2012 8:07 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It’s been years since the huge flop of Miracle at St. Anna — and those subsequent years were only occupied by various documentary work — but, now, Spike Lee is truly back. Red Hook Summer is the quasi-follow-up to his 1989 classic, Do the Right Thing, telling a story about adolescence, religious power, and the dangers of certain authorities. It’s been getting mixed notices since its Sundance premiere (we liked it), but I’m already there.

The first trailer is a little spotty — like what many say about the actual film, it’s a bit scattered, somewhat misshaped, and looks oddly cheap — though the second half has the kind of raw passion we’ve come to expect from Lee; spread over some 135 minutes, I get the sense Red Hook Summer could really pack a punch. Fingers crossed some of his recent retooling brings the project full circle.

Watch the trailer below »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Watch: Sun Soaked Trailer For Spike Lee's 'Red Hook Summer'

27 June 2012 7:34 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While the buzz around Spike Lee's "Red Hook Summer" is that it's another chapter in his ongoing Chronicles Of Brooklyn, judging by this first trailer, it's his most hazy, lazy days-of-summer flick since his breakout "Do The Right Thing." Shot digitally and on a low budget, that hasn't prevented the film from popping with color (those reds!) and capturing Brooklyn in all of its summer sun-soaked glory. As for the film, it promises to be another charged outing from Lee.

Earning strong notices when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival -- as well as some controversy thanks to the narrative turns it takes -- "Red Hook Summer" should certainly be a fascinating affair. The picture tells the story of Flik Royale (Jules Brown), a sullen young boy from middle-class Atlanta who has come to spend the summer with his deeply religious grandfather, Bishop Enoch Rouse (Clarke Peters), in »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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