6 items from 2016
Conventional limitations on cinematic runtimes, often driven by basic practical and commercial concerns, are at once arbitrary and enduring. Under 90 minutes is short; over 150 minutes is long. Short films lie on one end of the spectrum and Andy Warhol on the other. But even limiting discussion to non-experimental feature films reveals a wide variation in the use of massive duration, discussions of which tend to be obscured by the hyperbole (in both directions) that such films often elicit. (This hyperbolic tendency also extends to trilogies, multi-part films, or even novels and literature in general. Just ask anyone who’s seen Sátántangó or read Infinite Jest.) Nonetheless, such films tend to be fascinating opportunities for exploration, both in their justification for and use of such length. And on the occasion of Mubi’s retrospective of Lav Diaz’s filmography (the body of work that most consistently makes use of duration), three vastly different 2016 films, »
It was recently announced that Netflix has ordered ten episodes of a TV series adaptation of Spike Lee’s 1986 debut feature film She’s Gotta Have It. Lee will direct all ten episodes. The age of prestige television truly allows for more fluid movement (at least behind the camera) from film to TV and back again. Spike Lee’s last few features (despite good notices for Chi-raq) have had trouble catching fire outside of the arthouse the way his earlier work has, for this reason or that. He’s certainly a polarizing figure and resistance to his work is built in to certain audiences.
Have you seen She’s Gotta Have It? It’s a very fascinating piece, both on its own and in the larger context of Lee’s filmography. There’s a beautifully bare-bones »
- Kieran Scarlett
Tony Sokol Sep 16, 2016
Spike Lee is set to direct and produce a 10-episode Netflix remake of his debut feature, She’s Gotta Have It...
Netflix says the She’s Gotta Have It series will be a contemporary remake of the film and Lee will direct all 10 half-hour episodes. He will also executive produce with wife Tonya Lewis Lee. The project was originally set up at Showtime two years ago.
Lee put out the following statement:
"She’s Gotta Have It Has A Very Special Place In My Heart. We Shot This Film In 12 Days (2 Six Day Weeks) Way Back In The Back Back Of The Hot Summer Of 1985 For A Mere Total of $175,000. Funds That We Begged, Borrowed and Whatnot To Get That Money. This Is The 1st Official »
In 1986, Spike Lee released his feature-length debut film “She’s Gotta Have It” about sexually independent Brooklynite Nola Darling (Tracy Camilla Johns) who juggles three suitors: Jamie Overstreet (Tommy Redmond Hicks), Greer Childs (John Canada Terrell) and Mars Blackmon (Spike Lee). The film garnered much critical acclaim upon release and was credited with ushering in the American independent film movement in the 1980s. Now, Deadline reports that the film is being adapted into an episodic TV series for Netflix after being in development at Showtime for two years. Lee will direct all the episodes and will executive produce with his wife Tonya Lewis Lee.
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In a statement about the series, the veteran director says, “We Are Getting An Opportunity To Revisit These Memorable Characters Who Will Still Be Relevant And Avant Garde 3 Decades Later. »
- Vikram Murthi
Slate magazine has drawn up an interesting list of great black films, the twist being that they have to have been directed by a black person rather than about the black experience so out go Old Hollywood musicals like Carmen Jones or Cabin in the Sky or Oscar favorites like Sounder. In the wake of recent conversations about Hollywood's power structures and overwhelming whiteness, Slate assembled a field of critics and filmmakers and scholars to produce the list.
I need to get cracking on my gaps in knowledge from this list, especially because of the titles I've seen from this list several were great and the ones I didn't personally connect to were still interesting (Night Catches Us) or memorable (Eve's Bayou - I've been meaning to give that another shot now that I'm older). Unsurprisingly Spike Lee has the most titles with six. Curiously, though I've seen »
- NATHANIEL R
The archival footage is smile-inducing, and some of the talking heads are perceptive – but this film is straightforward and ignores Jackson’s demons
Spike Lee’s documentary work has seen the director delve into huge moments in African American history, pulling at threads and reopening old wounds in the pursuit of shedding new light on familiar stories. In 4 Little Girls he explored the church bombings in Alabama that claimed the lives of four young black girls; When the Levees Broke explored the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina that left many in New Orleans asking whether the Bush administration cared if they lived or died. With Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall the Mo endures, with Jackson’s evolution from child star to solo pinup drawing Lee’s gaze.
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- Lanre Bakare
6 items from 2016
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