Red Hook Summer

5 Reasons To Go See Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer

5 Reasons To Go See Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer

1) Its Spike Lee!

Without question, Spike Lee is one of the most compelling story teller of our times. Certainly, he’s been God-send to the African American experience, never failing to generate dialogue. “Red Hook Summer” is not his finest work, but it will make viewers cringe, think laugh and possibly cry. As director, Lee brings the story to life with vibrant colors, living and characters. Honestly, there are some glaring flaws to “Red Hook Summer,” but by the movie’s end, there is a longing for more Spike Lee. Ever the risk-taker, he really makes it clear that he will not hesitate to make a movie, even if he has to finance and market it himself.

2) It deals with unspoken hood injustice.

By now, it has been publicly revealed that “Red Hook Summer” deals with the topic of child molestation, a taboo topic for American and Black America to a greater degree. Actor Clarke Peters told how difficult it was to deal with the subject matter.

“During the scene, I couldn’t even look the little boy in his face. I looked at his [collarbone] and I noticed he had a button undone. I have five kids; being tactile with a child is no problem, so I fixed his button, which looked like I was unbuttoning his shirt and I knew it would read like that on camera. But I put it in my mind that ‘I’m getting my son ready for bed,’ because if I had to emulate some sort of transgression against that child, I would’ve walked off the set.”

3) The Soundtrack by Bruce Hornsby

“Red Hook Summer,” like most of Mr. Lee’s films, has a prominent musical soundtrack that underscores the editorial tone of the screenplay, written by Mr. Lee with James McBride. Its binding ingredient is the sturdy, gospel-tinged piano of Bruce Hornsby…” Stephen Holden, NY Times

Believe it or not, the sonic backdrop to Red Hook Summer is ridiculously infection and gritty thanks to the great Bruce Hornsby. While Spike has typically used Hip-Hop and Jazz acts, he turned to the 57-year-old pianist/ songwriter to set the mood for the Brooklyn drama. The soundtrack is available on iTunes and other retail outlets. And, that’s just the way it is.

4) The young actors

These days, there aren’t a lot of new African American actors being pumped into Hollyweird and that’s a shame. Many of the modern day actors like Denzel and Halle were pumped into the main vein of cinema through Spike Lee. Well, the Brooklyn film maker introduces Jules Brown (as Flik Royale) and Toni Lysaith (Chazz Morningstar), as both make their big screen debuts in “Red Hook Summer.” While they won’t win any awards with their performance, it is refreshing to see fresh faces on the big screen when Spike could have been less bold with Jaden or Willow and gotten just-add-water-press.

Shout out to Clarke Peters and Nate Parker for providing the glue to Red Hook Summer.

5) Another facet to African American Life

For the last decade or so, we have seen a brand of African American cinema that is beige and boring. Furthermore, these takes are the sort of stories that seemingly come off an assembly line with minor variations and huge helpings of buffoonery. So, whereas Spike’s latest isn’t his greatest (like who can top “Malcolm X” or “Do The Right Thing”), “Red Hook Summer” is far more engaging that most movies with a wholly Black cast. The spectrum of brown is as varied as a rainbow and so are the millions of stories. Lets do the right thing and see more of them on the big screen.

  • Sosa_Limone

    the author forgot to include the best reason to go see it… the return of mookie

    • FOH! Mookie in this flick?

      Aww Man, now I gotta see it!

      Them kids better not be Mookie’s, if they are, you know the movie gonna end with that section of the city getting burned down, contaminated with radiation, oil spills, etc.

  • hoeyuno

    If you haven’t seen “when the levees broke” watch it. And if you don’t know who spike lee is you could start with “Crooklyn”…

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  • Should have gotten Jayden or Willow, but even so, it sounds like a “Must See”, that you really don’t wanna see. Rough topic, Spike Lee will do it JUSTICE, but that’s the problem….who really wants to watch a Movie about this topic, let alone in the Black community?

    Spike Lee is no joke on the movie tip!

    He get’s props for this. Just like Malcolm X was a must see for Black folks, Red Hook Summer is gonna be a must see for child molestation victims and the ones who love them.

    This movie obviously wasn’t made to make $$$, it was made for the love.

    • johnblacksad

      Fcuk me? Fcuk you!
      Fcuk you and this whole city and everyone in it.

      Fcuk the panhandlers, grubbing for money,
      and smiling at me behind my back.

      Fcuk squeegee men dirtying up the clean
      windshield of my car. Get a Fcuking job!

      Fcuk the Sikhs and the Pakistanis bombing
      down the avenues in decrepit cabs, curry steaming out their pores and
      stinking up my day. Terrorists in Fcuking training. Slow the Fcuk down!

      Fcuk the Chelsea boys with their waxed
      chests and pumped up biceps. Going down on each other in my parks and on my
      piers, jingling their dicks on my Channel 35.

      Fcuk the Korean grocers with their
      pyramids of overpriced fruit and their tulips and roses wrapped in plastic.
      Ten years in the country, still no speaky English?

      Fcuk the Russians in Brighton Beach.
      Mobster thugs sitting in cafés, sipping tea in little glasses, sugar cubes
      between their teeth. Wheelin’ and dealin’ and schemin’. Go back where you
      Fcuking came from!

      Fcuk the black-hatted Chassidim,
      strolling up and down 47th street in their dirty gabardine with their
      dandruff. Selling South African apartheid diamonds!

      Fcuk the Wall Street brokers. Self-styled
      masters of the universe. Michael Douglas, Gordon Gecko wannabe mother
      Fcukers, figuring out new ways to rob hard working people blind. Send those
      Enron assholes to jail for Fcuking life! You think Bush and Cheney didn’t
      know about that shit? Give me a Fcuking break! Tyco! Imclone! Adelphia!

      Fcuk the Puerto Ricans. 20 to a car,
      swelling up the welfare rolls, worst Fcukin’ parade in the city. And don’t
      even get me started on the Dom-in-i-cans, because they make the Puerto Ricans
      look good.

      Fcuk the Bensonhurst Italians with their
      pomaded hair, their nylon warm-up suits, and their St. Anthony medallions.
      Swinging their, Jason Giambi, Louisville slugger, baseball bats, trying to
      audition for the Sopranos.

      Fcuk the Upper East Side wives with their
      Hermés scarves and their fifty-dollar Balducci artichokes. Overfed faces
      getting pulled and lifted and stretched, all taut and shiny. You’re not
      fooling anybody, sweetheart!

      Fcuk the uptown brothers. They never pass
      the ball, they don’t want to play defense, they take fives steps on every
      lay-up to the hoop. And then they want to turn around and blame everything on
      the white man. Slavery ended one hundred and thirty seven years ago. Move the
      Fcuk on!

      Fcuk the corrupt cops with their anus
      violating plungers and their 41 shots, standing behind a blue wall of
      silence. You betray our trust!

      Fcuk the priests who put their hands down
      some innocent child’s pants. Fcuk the church that protects them, delivering
      us into evil. And while you’re at it, Fcuk JC! He got off easy! A day on the
      cross, a weekend in hell, and all the hallelujahs of the legioned angels for
      eternity! Try seven years in Fcukin Otisville, Jay!

      Fcuk Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda, and
      backward-ass, cave-dwelling, fundamentalist assholes everywhere. On the names
      of innocent thousands murdered, I pray you spend the rest of eternity with
      your seventy-two whores roasting in a jet-fueled fire in hell. You towel
      headed camel jockeys can kiss my royal, Irish ass!

      Fcuk Jacob Elinski, whining malcontent.

      Fcuk Francis Xavier Slaughtery, my best
      friend, judging me while he stares at my girlfriend’s ass.

      Fcuk Naturel Rivera. I gave her my trust
      and she stabbed me in the back. Sold me up the river. Fcuking bitch.

      Fcuk my father with his endless grief,
      standing behind that bar. Sipping on club soda, selling whiskey to firemen
      and cheering the Bronx Bombers.

      Fcuk this whole city and everyone in it.
      From the row houses of Astoria to the penthouses on Park Avenue. From the
      projects in the Bronx to the lofts in Soho. From the tenements in Alphabet
      City to the brownstones in Park slope to the split levels in Staten Island.
      Let an earthquake crumble it. Let the fires rage. Let it burn to Fcukin ash
      then let the waters rise and submerge this whole, rat-infested place.

      The 25th hour… what a great movie!

      • Oh ‘Chet! My peepz worked at Balducci’s in the Bridge!


        Was that Mookie?
        >>>Missed 25th Hr…will check it now.

      • That Ottisville ‘Chet was off the Hook!

  • tab58064

    I’m sorry, but Spike Lee has got to bring his film-making style into the year 2012. Far too many of his films seem poorly made and poorly written, The generally have a good message, but when everything is combined to make a complete product it comes out passable, but slight better than amateur…..especially when he does films like this.

    • churchboy2

      Never saw “Inside Man”, huh?

      • tab58064

        And did I say ALL OF HIS FILMS, …..”huh?”

  • MiiUziWeighsATon

    I’d. Say start with Clockers…

  • Sparky Flinstone

    @ EDOGZ IT DIDNT NEED JAYDEN OR WILLOW STOP BEING A BALL HUGGER — i like the movie i went to see it and i like the fact Spike Lee takes chances and introduces new talent

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