Red Hook Summer [Blu-ray]
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REDHOOK SUMMER takes place in the now familiar Lee territory of Redhook, Brooklyn. Young Flick is forced by his mother to arrive in Redhook to spend the summer with his religious grandfather Enoch, a pastor of a church there. Coming from a middle class home where he has his own food and non-stop use of his Ipad 2, Flick grumbles about wanting to go home and hates the situation he's in.
Enoch doesn't cow tow to the boy and makes the food he normally does. He also has Flick work for him in the church, taking care of the building and handing out pamphlets. It is at the church that Flick makes his only new friend, a young girl named Chazz who takes no guff from Flick and who speaks her mind frequently.
Flick seems like the most naive character on the face of the Earth. Walking around the tough neighborhood of Brooklyn he flaunts his Ipad constantly never fearing that it will be stolen from him. When he meets the gang on the street, The Bloods, he doesn't flinch or act like he might be in any jeopardy while his grandfather gives them their space. He might try to convince them to change their ways and accept God but he knows better than to push their buttons.Read more ›
Spike at his best has ALWAYS represented the alienated and disenfranchised young outcasts of society as the most undervalued wonderful human beings in every single movie of his that I've seen. And for all of Red Hook Summer's flaws, he's still getting that done.
Nothing fancy here. A whole LOT of Christian bashing & offensively bad behavior from white Condo owning invaders are really the action highlights. There's no hit pop singles to be found either. Just really interesting character development in Brooklyn as it goes through awkward gentrification.
The generation gap is so well documented here it's a Spike Lee movie for grandma to say, "SEE kid! I KNOW your frustrations!" And that ain't bad at all.
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This was one of those films that went under the radar. I finally got around to seeing it just now and on the small budget he had, this was a very fine film! Read morePublished on January 19, 2013 by Chief Rocka Dr. Kool
I've been Addicted to this Film and watched it roughly 4x's over the last few weeks...Bishop Enoch's character is complex and compelling-- from the hair, to the bow legged walk, to... Read morePublished on January 5, 2013 by Playmaker