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Da 5 Bloods | Spike Lee

June 13, 2020

Spike Lee’s newest joint, Da 5 Bloods, makes perfectly clear its influences when, within the first five minutes, the camera pans out from a giant poster of Francis Ford Coppola’s classic Vietnam War treatise Apocalypse Now, itself a spin on Joseph Conrad’s high school English lit staple Heart of Darkness. While this isn’t Lee’s first foray into war film territory — 2008’s interminable Miracle at St. Anna takes that prize — it certainly looks and feels more like a big…

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by InRO Staff Feature Articles Film Year in Review

Top 20 Films of 2018

Toxic masculinity had a year; scan the top three titles on this list and you’ll find three films about self-involved men belaboring the value of ‘their art’ — made by three self-involved men belaboring the value of their art. That may seem like a…

December 29, 2018
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BlacKkKlansman | Spike Lee

Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman tells the story of a black police officer in 1970s Colorado who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan. But Lee is also telling the story of a current America that has not grown or progressed — not really — and forcing us to recognize that…

August 21, 2018
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