Since his debut feature, She’s Gotta Have (1986) Spike Lee has solidified himself as the most prolific and controversial American filmmaker of his generation. He announced himself on the world stage when…
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This is clearly an ambitious and passionate piece of work from Spike Lee, but it would’ve benefited from much more time in gestation to focus on what this film truly wants to say and how to say it.
Amidst its unfortunate and uncompelling tangents, He Got Game, at its meaty core, is another strong work from Lee, Washington, and co., passionate in not only its central sport, but the characters surrounding it.
The end result is a fairly laborious and not particularly intriguing or involving piece of fiction, though the nicest thing you can say is that it at least feels like an original entry in this vampire sub-genre.
I do hope to see more filmmakers be open about their love and hatred for their contemporaries, though still retain their class and respectfulness towards others and their achievements, even if they simply remain seated on their hands.
25th Hour was the first fictional film to openly address 9/11, and did so in a way that seemed deeply confrontational, yet sparingly so, as it only makes up the background of the film – it adds to the sense of pathos and regret that surrounds Monty’s predicament.