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Spike Lee Joint Collection (Clockers/Jungle Fever/ Do the Right Thing/ Mo` Better Blues/ Crooklyn) starringDanny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Harvey Keitel, John Turturro WaltersrClockers Based on the riveting bestseller by Richard Price, this 1995 crime dramawas directed by Spike Lee with such authority and authenticity that it hasthe hyper-real quality of a stylized documentary. Fully capturing thethoroughly researched detail of Prices novel, the film focuses on Strike(newcomer Mekhi Phifer), a young, ambitious clocker--or drug dealer--whoworks the streets of his New York housing project, selling drugs for a localsupplier named Rodney (played with ferocious charisma by Delroy Lindo) .
Just as Strike is struggling to get away from his dead-end life of crime,another dealer is murdered in a fast-food restaurant and local detectives(Harvey Keitel, John Turturro) consider Strike the primary suspect. Incowriting the script with novelist Price, Lee uses this murder mystery toexplore the plague of guns and black-on-black crime in Americas innercities, in which drugs and death are familiar routines of daily life. The filmdoesnt pretend to offer solutions, nor does it dwell on the problem withnumbing insistence. Rather, this taut, well-acted film takes the viewer intoa world often hidden in plain sight--a world where options seemnonexistent for youth conditioned to have little or no expectation beyond aprobable early death. Lee and Price are deadly serious in handling thisvolatile subject (which incorporates racism, powerless law enforcement,and political indifference), but Clockers is also blessed with humor, insight,and humanity. Its one of Lees most confidently directed films, sign aling acreative maturity that Lee continued to develop throughout the 1990s. --Jeff Shannon Jungle Fever Spike Lees 1991 story about an interracial relationship and itsconsequences on the lives and communities of the lovers (Wesley Snipes,Annabella Sciorra) is one of his most captivating and focused films. Snipesand Sciorra are very good as individuals trying to reach beyond the limitsimposed upon them for reasons of race, tradition, sexism, and such. Leemakes an interesting and subtle case that they are driven to one anotherout of frustration with social obstacles as well as pure attraction--but is thatenough for love to survive? John Turturro is featured in a subplot as anItalian American who grows attracted to a black woman and takes heatfrom his numbskull buddies. --Tom Keogh Do the Right Thing Spike Lees incendiary look at race relations in America, circa 1989, is socolorful and exuberant for its first three-quarters that you can almost forgetthe terrible confrontation that the movie inexorably builds toward. Do theRight Thing is a joyful, tumultuous masterpiece--maybe the best film evermade about race in America, revealing racial prejudices and stereotypes inall their guises and demonstrating how a deadly riot can erupt out of aseries of small misunderstandings. Set on one block in Bedford-Stuyvesanton the hottest day of the summer, the movie shows the whole spectrum oflife in this neighborhood and then leaves it up to us to decide if, in the end,anybody actually does the right thing. Featuring Danny Aiello as Sal, thepizza parlor owner; Lee himself as Mookie, the lazy pizza-delivery guy;John Turturro and Richard Edson as Sals sons; Lees sister Joie asMookies sister Jade; Rosie Perez as Mookies girlfriend Tina; Ossie Davisand Ruby Dee as the block elders, Da Mayor and Mother Sister; GiancarloEsposito as Mookies hot-headed friend Buggin Out; Bill Nunn as theboom-box toting Radio Raheem; and Samuel L. Jackson as deejay MisterSeñor Love Daddy. A rich and nuanced film to watch, treasure, and learnfrom--over and over again. --Jim Emerson Mo Better Blues With Mo Better Blues, the story of a young trumpeters rise to jazz-worldstardom, Spike Lee set out to counter Clint Eastwoods cliché-ridden biopic
of Charlie Parker in Bird. But the final product, a slick, glossy drama (withhip-hop jazz provided by Gangstarr no less), is just as superficial as thenumerous Alger-esque stories of music stardom to which movie audiencesare accustomed. Denzel Washington gives a typically charis maticperformance as the trumpeter in question, as does Wesley Snipes as hissax-playing rival. And as with most Spike Lee films, there are numeroussolid performers in small roles such as Bill Nunn, Latin-music star RubénBlades, and comedian Robin Harris. One character, however, attractedunwanted attention: John Turturros role as an unscrupulous music -industryexec. Critics called the Turturro character, who is at once money hungry,swarthy, and perpetually shrouded in darkness, a classic anti-Semiticcaricature. But the charge seems almost irrelevant in Spike Leescartoonish, overstylized world of impossibly hunky jazzmen, curvaceoushangers-on, and incessant bebop. --Ethan Brown Crooklyn Spike Lees semiautobiographical, 1994 film about the good and bad timesfor a Brooklyn family in the 70s has passion and nostalgic good feeling, butit is also a mess of random reflections and arbitrary storytelling. Thecenterpiece of the movie is a little girl (Zelda Harris) who views the ups anddowns of her parents experiences (mom and dad are played by DelroyLindo and Alfre Woodard), and who navigates the life of her neighborhood.Lee tosses in a lot of 70s detail (watching The Partridge Family) and otherdiversions (Harriss journey through suburbia), but he ha s no mastersensibility controlling the flow of it all. The film is more wearying thananything, although bright spots include Lindos fine performance as atalented man suffering from irrelevance. --Tom KeoghOne of the best purchases Ive made on Amazon! I was shocked to see thison sale, and immediately ordered. Just an FYI, there are 3 DVDs, and 5movies. So you have to flip the DVD over, and slip it into your playerdepending on which movie you want to watch. Thats just a smallinconvenience though. I am a huge Spike Lee fan, so it makes me sohappy that I have such a cool collection, and I only paid $22. For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price: Spike Lee Joint Collection (Clockers/ Jungle Fever/ Do the Right Thing/ Mo` Better Blues/ Crooklyn) starring Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Harvey Keitel, John Turturro - 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!