Chi-Raq (2015)

Chi-Raq (2015)
“An Immodest Proposal, Ruined” While a majority of mass media critics have supported Spike Lee’s new film, Chi-Raq, an ambitious adaptation of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata (411 B.C.E.), set in present-day south Chicago, a vocal minority has been particularly bitter about the film’s failures. In The Philadelphia Inquirer, Steven Rea argues the film is an “in-your-face polemic, ...

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2014)

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2014)
“Da Return of Da Sweet Cinema of Spike Lee” Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained (2012) devolves into the sleazy violence of the exploitation films he loves too much. Indeed, the disease of not knowing when enough is enough infects the work of many contemporary American filmmakers. Spike Lee’s Bamboozled (2000) also suffers as a film with ...