“Fruitvale Station” Starts the Right Discussion

It’s difficult for a guy like me to write about “the street.” Having grown up upper-middle class in Westchester County, New York, I pretty much know “the street” only through the movies, and I could quickly make a fool out of myself here. But I’m gonna give it a try because it’s a social construct…

The Awful Conservatism of “42”

To create 42, the new biopic about Jackie Robinson that topped the box office this past weekend, writer/director Brian Helgeland fashioned the true and emotionally explosive story of a milestone in the struggle for racial equality – the integration of baseball – into a film certain to offend absolutely no one. Any story about the…

How Obama Killed Spike Lee’s Career

Director Spike Lee has not released a film during the Obama presidency. This was the man who helmed groundbreaking, commercially successful films on race like “Jungle Fever,” “Malcolm X,” and “Do the Right Thing.” When he arrived on the scene with 1986’s “She’s Gotta Have It,” he was hailed as a brave new voice in…