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Quint has a review-mini for Spike Lee's INSIDE MAN!!!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here quickly throwing out a review-mini for INSIDE MAN. Forgive me... I've been watching SOUTH PARK Season 7 with all of Trey Parker and Matt Stone's commentary-minis, so I've gotten into a mini-funk.

Plus I'm lazy.

So, review-mini... INSIDE MAN is really a throw-back in style, character and structure to the classic heist movies of years past, including DOG DAY AFTERNOON. It's a tight movie that has you rooting for both Clive Owen's Dalton Russell, the robber, and Denzel Washington's hostage negotiator, Det. Keith Frazier. You like them both, for different reasons (Washington is just likable and Owen is so in control... it's like watching a magician pull a trick... you want to see him do it and do it perfectly).

I find that if I'm watching a heist movie where I want the perpetrator to be caught or foiled, I don't enjoy the film as much. You want to see Robert Redford and Paul Newman pull one over on Quint in THE STING. Like I mentioned above, a good heist flick is like watching a magician pull off a great trick, but so often you don't get all the pieces of the puzzle that you need to make a successful heist flick.

The heist needs to be plausible. The rules have to be set up and never broken (ie, no twist surprise ending that feels cheap). Those pulling the heist have to be likable, but far from squeaky clean. They have to be badasses. And you need to have a good opponent, someone close to discovering the ruse, but one that won't figure it out until the trick has been pulled.

All that said... INSIDE MAN is a great heist film.

Spike Lee films newcomer Russell Gewirtz's great script with an energy and flare for visual storytelling. The acting is all top notch. Clive Owen is becoming a bona fide star and I, for one, couldn't be happier about it.

There you go. Review-mini of Spike Lee's INSIDE MAN. Good flick. Go enjoy!


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  • March 24, 2006, 6:18 a.m. CST

    Did he find a way to blame whitey in this movie?

    by vikingkitty

    A few years ago, a white guy entered an amateur film contest not realizing it was specifically designed for minorities. He won, and when he went to the awards ceremony and everyone realized the mistake, Lee refused to even shake the guy's hand.

  • March 24, 2006, 6:22 a.m. CST

    Seriously, how many good films has Lee really made?

    by Trazadone

    1? 2? When I hear "Spike Lee" it means, "Film that I most likely won't rent."

  • March 24, 2006, 6:30 a.m. CST

    This is his best in YEARS!

    by Darth Kong

    Hands down.

  • March 24, 2006, 6:31 a.m. CST

    How big is the chip on his shoulder!!

    by TheBoyFromUlster

    He has to be one of the most over-rated directors working today. Plus, in my opinion, he is a racist and he gets away with things that no one else does. "Is it cause I is black" to quote Ali G. No, its because your crap....

  • March 24, 2006, 6:37 a.m. CST

    This is a GREAT movie but...

    by LilOgre

    To call this a throwback to DOG DAY AFTERNOON is just uninformed and lazy. They mention DOG DAY in INSIDE MAN and yes Pat Collins has mentioned it in her review but the dramatic tension, narrative, characters, and results of the film could not be FURTHER from DOG DAY. Even stylistically they are WORLDS apart. Yes they both involve bank robberies and stand-offs but that is where the comparisons end. They are both GREAT films, DOG DAY is better, but let's try not the be categorical so early in the morning.

  • March 24, 2006, 6:38 a.m. CST


    by prisoner ksc2 30

    where did you hear that? Is there an article or something about this that I can see? That's pretty funny that a contest could go on and they wouldn't even think to ask if he was white or not. lol...I'd really like to see something on this if you can find it.

  • March 24, 2006, 7:14 a.m. CST

    Quick Change

    by Samson_K

    From what little I have seen of this film it seems like a smiliar concept from the opening ten - fifteen minutes of 'Quick Change' - which is one of my favourite heist movies - even though the heist is over pretty quickly.

  • March 24, 2006, 7:22 a.m. CST

    prisoner ksc2 30

    by vikingkitty

    I originally read the story in a book by Larry Elder. I believe it was in his second book, "Showdown."

  • March 24, 2006, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Heist movies...

    by brycemonkey

    Glad you mentioned Quick Change as that (although very light) always comes to mind. Also Killing Zoe for crazy Frenchies and hot hookers...

  • March 24, 2006, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Go watch INSIDE MAN

    by Stollentroll

    Now! It rocks!

  • March 24, 2006, 8:02 a.m. CST

    25th Hour

    by JackRabbitSlim

    The whole staring-in-the-mirror-while-delivering-invectives scene flashed me back to Catcher in the Rye when Holden sees the 'Fuck You' sign on the wall at his sisters school and goes off on a strange tangent fantasy in which he imagines hes dead and all his relatives are at the funeral, not caring about dead Holden, and there is a Fuck You graffitied upon his tombstone that he very much enjoys. Of course Catcher didnt have the line "Slavery ended 140 years ago - why cant you get the fuck over it" line so its a draw.

  • March 24, 2006, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Hate spike lee?

    by staticneuron

    It's because he's black isn't it?

  • March 24, 2006, 8:19 a.m. CST

    This isn't written by Frank Miller, or even a comic...

    by Jewish_Batman

    so that blows. Clive Owen won't be talking to a partially decapitated, "pez dispenser" Denzel... and that's why this won't be his best performance. Spike should have thought, "Now that I have Clive, why not try and get that cracka Quentin to direct a scene for me, it worked for that guitar playing spik."

  • March 24, 2006, 9:03 a.m. CST

    People claim to hate Spike Lee so much

    by Terry_1978

    Yet most of his films are still deemed acclaimed material. If I disliked work because of the people involved, I wouldn't like anything, period, because I hate a LOT of people.

  • March 24, 2006, 9:04 a.m. CST


    by Terry_1978

    a true film geek would look past the director's persona and just at the work.

  • March 24, 2006, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Quick Change had a brilliant bank robbery..

    by BigTuna

    It made me want to go out and try it.

  • March 24, 2006, 9:35 a.m. CST

    No, Woody Allen is the #1 overrated director ever!!!

    by trojanman

    Follow by Spielberg and M. Knight! Woody Allen makes a couple of good films(like Lee) and people can't seem to give a good critical review of his movies without falling all over themselves. At least with Lee its not the case. Hell, even Spielberg is getting free passes today from critics and audiences! I wondered how many fanboys will claimed to seen Woody Allen films and not really lying outta their asses? Because NOBODY goes to Woody Allen flicks cept, pervs and intellectual wannabes! That why his films make jack at the box office and people still claim him one of the greatest directors! Lee overrated? Perhaps. But throw in Allen and Spielberg for good measure as well. IF you want to be taken seriously and not look like a horses ass!

  • March 24, 2006, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Spike Lee didn't make a hate whitey film?

    by Omegaman

    He must need money.

  • March 24, 2006, 10:02 a.m. CST

    On Spike

    by Darth Thoth

    Yeah Spike is arrogant. Sucks. But the fact that people in the last week of talkbacks have claimed his movies have no style or cinematic substance is bullcrap (see the AICN review posted earlier this week). Plus I love how so many of you always bring up the issue as to why Spike always (even though it's not always if you'd actually look) has to bring race into the issue. Here's the thing. As a black person you almost ALWAYS have to see race in your life, everyday. You have no choice. The advantage of white privilege is that you don't always have to think about race. But as a black person you can't get around it. It's not just a mental preoccupation. It's a reality that's expressed by black people all the time. Until you walk in somebody's shoes you can't tell them how they should feel/ react to their painful reality. As a black man, I can't tell my Jewish friend to "just move on" from the Holocaust. No! As a heterosexual I can't tell my gay friend to "just get over this marriage thing." No! As a Christian I can't tell my Muslim Arab friend to "just get over being stereotyped as a terrorist all the time." No! So you folks who dis Spike and wonder why he always has to talk about race... well guess what? He has no choice. And until you've walked in his shoes don't tell him when and how he should deal with his pain and perspectives on life. I have no doubt Inside Man will be good as was a multitude of his films including Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing, He Got Game, 4 Little Girls, 25th Hour, Bamboozled, and a slew of others.

  • March 24, 2006, 10:07 a.m. CST

    Most overrated director ever

    by Stollentroll

    What about Anthony Minghella? Robert Rodriguez? Werner Herzog? And Ron Howard? At least Allen's last flick "Match Point" was really good.

  • March 24, 2006, 10:14 a.m. CST

    There's nothing like a Spike Lee talkback.....

    by GravediggerJones bring out the complete idiots who claim he's a racist and hates white people.

  • March 24, 2006, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah, vikingkitty

    by GravediggerJones

    I dare you to back that amateur film contest story with a shred of evidence.

  • March 24, 2006, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Oops I forgot about Ronny Howard and Eastwood!

    by trojanman

    I love Eastwood, but Unforgiven was forgetable! No way should that film garner the oscars it did. It was an average Eastwood revenge flick, that Eastwood have done X10 better in his young days! And Ron Howard films are just average! Nothing special about them and they really don't stand out above the crowd. Ron Howard films owe alot to big hollywood budgets and A-List stars. As for Rodriguez...Lava Girl and Shark Boy comes to mind and those awful 3-D commericals.

  • March 24, 2006, 10:26 a.m. CST

    GravediggerJones . . .

    by vikingkitty

    It would probably really stress you out to have to read a whole book, so you can read this short article instead. I guess he stares down interracial couples and made those comments about white reporters because he believes in diversity so much.

  • March 24, 2006, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Lee v Howard

    by brycemonkey

    Now there's a fight waiting to happen... white/black/overrated grudge match!

  • March 24, 2006, 10:43 a.m. CST

    Good film up until the last twenty minutes...

    by ODM

    ... The wrap up is an anticlimax to say the least.

  • March 24, 2006, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Good Spike Lee movies

    by Poacher

    1. Do The Right Thing 2. Summer of Sam 3. 25th Hour That's it.

  • March 24, 2006, 11:14 a.m. CST

    A question to those who oppose Spike and his movies

    by oceansized

    Do you also avoid the work of other contemptible artists? For example Polanski. Just curious.

  • March 24, 2006, 11:19 a.m. CST

    And for a great, little-seen heist flick from the '80s

    by oceansized

    Check out "Disorganized Crime".

  • March 24, 2006, 11:20 a.m. CST


    by litzapalooza

    Shouldn't this be marked for spoilers? I haven't seen the film, but did Quint just spell everything out for us? If so, I'm bumming.

  • March 24, 2006, 11:33 a.m. CST

    A mini-review is just the last third of a normal review

    by 1908LOL

    You know, the part that actually talks about the movie and leaves out the part about how he got in, what e ate for dinner, and without the excrutiatingly detailed-yet-cliched chonicle of what he thought of the Star Wars prequels.

  • March 24, 2006, 12:16 p.m. CST

    what the hell?

    by Abhimanyu

    Spike Lee may have chips on his shoulder and a lot of his movies may feature clunky, beating over the head sequences. But still, the guy has craft. Clockers was just great. And the ending - Brian Cox voiceover sequence- of 25th hour is masterful. It may have a lot to do with the script, but that is narrative working so well and effortlessly that it really made me see Lee in a new way.

  • March 24, 2006, 12:17 p.m. CST


    by El Cimarron

    trashed this movie soundly. i'm still gonna check it out since Clive 'Good! Now fark off and die!' Owen is the man and all. plus, i never noticed Jodie Foster was that hot...

  • March 24, 2006, 12:18 p.m. CST

    I'll answer that, oceansized

    by vikingkitty

    It depends on how reprehensible I find them. I think Lee is as racist as any Klucker in a sheet, but I don't think he's smart enough to find reprehensible. He's just annoying, so I still watch his movies.

  • March 24, 2006, 12:25 p.m. CST


    by Dickie Greenleaf

    Well, I'm off to see Inside Man in just an hour's time and I'm really looking forward to it. You can't argue with the cast - top drawer all the way, and I'm really quite a Spike fan, especially when he does step toward the mainstream. There will always be a slight edge to his films that makes them more interesting than the standard genre pieces they might be in other people's hands. Sometimes, I just can't connect with Spike's material (Bamboozled is a good example), but when he gets his hands on strong narratives, he's a really compelling storyteller. Of his recent work, I thought He Got Game and Summer of Sam were both really strong, and 25th Hour is a flat-out great picture. It's one of Spike's best, and features genuinely great performances across the board from Edward Norton, Phil Hoffman, Rosario Dawson, Barry Pepper, Brian Cox and Anna Paquin, who all did some of the best work of their careers. I was impressed the first time I saw it, but I find it even more affecting on repeat viewings and I sincerely hope it will come to be more properly appreciated and acknowledged over the fullness of time. Great movie.

  • March 24, 2006, 12:35 p.m. CST

    You people...

    by MJayX

    give folks a good reason to "hate whitey" (yes I'm aware of my generalization) but how could you ignore Do The Right, Crooklyn, Malcolm X, Mo Betta Blues, Clockers, Bamboozled, and 25th Hour as true gems of American Cinema. This man is a damn good director - and has the guts to say shit folks like Tim Story and Singleton are too busy counting dollars to say.

  • March 24, 2006, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Thanks for your two cents, vikingkitty

    by oceansized

    I brought up Polanski because I have to ask myself that question regarding him. He's as reprensible as one gets; deserves a life sentece as Cell Block 5's community girlfriend. But that would still never stop me from rewatching Chinatown.

  • March 24, 2006, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Spike Lee's a good director

    by I Dunno

    He's also a dick. The two points aren't mutually exclusive. I mean the guy tried to sue the Spike Network for stealing his name, for shit's sake.

  • March 24, 2006, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Oh vikingkitty...

    by GravediggerJones

    "It would probably really stress you out to read a whole book..." *sigh* Whatever. If you can't back it up, just say so. And that article is stupid. So, because Spike Lee has the talent and skill as a filmmaker to forge a career for himself, he shouldn't be able to call out Hollywood when it's guilty of racism?

  • March 24, 2006, 2:02 p.m. CST

    his films hate white people?

    by Holodigm

    i thought 'do the right thing' was pointing out that everyone was racist. were they even any white guys besides the cops in that movie?

  • March 24, 2006, 2:03 p.m. CST

    "that article is stupid"

    by vikingkitty

    What an intelligent reply to documented examples of Lee's racism. Your parents must be proud.

  • March 24, 2006, 2:24 p.m. CST

    I guess this proves one thing...

    by balajazz

    AICN Talkbacks are not the place to find intelligent and balanced debates about racial issues. Just a bunch of people trying to get as many rises out of people as they can.

  • March 24, 2006, 2:53 p.m. CST

    i find his films barely above film school standards

    by HypeEndsHere

    any point of view on race relations that he tries to get across is usually dealt with too clumsily to take seriously. Do The Right Thing was great. It was also 17 years ago.

  • March 24, 2006, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Another Spike Lee talkback, another chance to say...

    by Deagle2

    FUCK SPIKE LEE. I've seen a few of his films. Enough to know that he is a competent filmmaker but not an exceptional one. I may see this movie eventually but I will not pay a dime to see it. No theater, no purchase, no rental. It could be the Citizen Kane of heist movies and it would make no difference. I will not support that racist jerk no matter how insignificantly. Those of you on here who abhor racism have to condemn it wherever it occurs. Spike Lee cannot get a pass just because he is black.

  • March 24, 2006, 4:39 p.m. CST

    I liked it!

    by pokadoo

    It's a good fun popcorn thriller, the cast is top-notch and any film featuring the uber-talented Chiwetel Ejiofor is worth watching. Go see.

  • March 24, 2006, 5:13 p.m. CST

    A Huge Disappointment

    by JohnGalt2006

    I was psyched to see this after the trailer and early good reviews. Holy crap, what a bore! I cannot imagine why anyone ever gave Russell Gerwitz's script a second thought. The so-called "twists" in this movie can only be called twists in relation to the rest of the movie, since so little happens in this movie. Seriously, this may be noteworthy only as the most leisurely paced heist film ever made. Best scene was with the kid playing "Kill Dat Nigga". Jodie Foster and Clive Owen are completely wasted. There is no reason to care about anything going on in the movie, all the characters are cardboard's a waste of time.

  • March 24, 2006, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Wow vikingkitty...

    by GravediggerJones

    ... you really just see what you want to see and ignore everything else, don't you?! I told you why the main thrust of the article was stupid, but since basic literacy is a problem for you, I'll explain more slowly this time - the article is stupid because it has no clear point. Also, any fool can tell a bunch of half truths and present them to make any statement they choose. For example, Elder writes - "During the publicity campaign for "Malcolm X," Lee stated that because of "stupid" questions by white reporters, Lee preferred to be interviewed by black journalists. "Stupid" whites are perfectly free, mind you, to patronize his films." - notice that: 1) Elder doesn't quote Spike Lee directly. 2) Elder is vague as to where and when this 'statement' was made. Was it published ANYWHERE as a direct quote? and 3) Elder is so eager to misrepresent Lee as a racist that he misconstrues 'stupid questions' as 'stupid whites'. What a bonehead! Look at all the white people who Spike Lee has worked closely with over the years in front of and behind the camera. How could he hate white people and yet work with and talk so respectfully of them. Could a man who hates white people have made Summer of Sam and 25th Hour? I'm sorry but if you really believe the man hates white people then you're being idiotic.

  • March 24, 2006, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Spikes almost as over rated as...

    by DoctorWho?

    Robert Altman, but not by much.

  • March 25, 2006, 12:43 a.m. CST

    Excellent film..........

    by thot

    Just saw "Inside Man". Really enjoyed it. Denzel, Clive and Jodie Foster are in fine form. At two hours long, you might think it would drag at points but it doesn't. Keeps your interest to the very rewarding pay-off at the end. Definitely worth the price of admission!!

  • March 25, 2006, 1:18 a.m. CST

    ending drags, all is boring, overrated

    by digital8

    with 89% on rotten tomatoes I expected more...

  • March 25, 2006, 1:28 a.m. CST

    roger ebert got it exactly right

    by digital8

  • March 25, 2006, 3:51 a.m. CST

    Black People Can't Be Racists...

    by kdog69

    As a people we don't have the social and economic power to be racist be definition. Actually, minorities in general cannot be considered racists because we are not dominant in society. Sure we can be biggots, be not racists for a racist is one who has something to gain from racial discrimination. Like every white person in America is gaining something from every discriminating act that is happening in this country as I type this.

  • March 25, 2006, 3:58 a.m. CST


    by kdog69

    How come no one ever calls Martin Scorsese a racist director? Many of his films portray Black people in a negative way (ex: Killing S. Jackson off in Goodfellas with zero lines, using the "N" word in Aviator). Name one film that he's made that portrays one Black person in a positive way. You guys never comment on racist white directors, but when a Black film director makes some TRUE social commentary based on things he's observed as a minority he's labeled as a "racist director". You ignorant fools make me Black man or woman minority and then look me in the eye and call Spike Lee a racist. -Peace

  • March 25, 2006, 4:28 a.m. CST

    I see a lot of insecure white peopple on AICN

    by SirBiatchReturns

    Here i was thinking that we were going to discuss the film in question, rather than go off on a tangent about race. It is impossible for some of you to see a black person in a major role/directorial position without making some racist comment or the other. This movie has respectable, well-spoken black people involved (Denzel, Spike Lee, Chiwetal..) and YET people on here are bitching. Normally i would be lenient on you guys because maybe you hate 50 Cent, 3 6 Mafia, and other popular black artists. I wouldn't blame you in a way, because many of them on the radio are total crap. But this is something different. we have cinema on here with respectable people and some are still bitching. That is definitely racism. Oh yeah, and to the person who was like: 'white people don't force black people to have unwed mothers, etc'... please, shut the fuck up. Sometimes i wonder how some of you remain this ignorant. of course you would never voice such an 'intelligent' argument to any black person worth talking to because they would simply destroy it. And to the non-racist, secure white people on here, don't worry about what i just said. It obviously doesn't apply to you.

  • March 25, 2006, 4:58 a.m. CST

    Great director, great movie! Support this movie now!

    by Swarmy

    Go and watch it. After watching 'V For Vendetta' of course! The more mainstream America supports 'V', the further the revolution will go! The time is now!

  • March 25, 2006, 7:44 a.m. CST

    Scorsese: Michael Jackson's "Bad"...

    by HypeEndsHere

    As a people we don't have the social and economic power to be racist be definition. Actually, minorities in general cannot be considered racists because we are not dominant in society"-----I've seen this argument for a long time and it doesn't hold water. The definition of a racist has nothing to do with one being in a position of power. you can't re-invent the term racist to suit your needs. look it up in a dictionary..... as for Sam L. in Goodfellas. it's a true fucking story. Stacks Edwards had nothing to do with the plot other than stealing a van. and so the word 'nigger' was used in Aviator? and what's the point? He did the video for "Bad", Bringing Out the Dead w/ Ving Rhames.... is a writer racist because he writes a racist character?....and SirBiatch, if some white people are insecure, I apologize. it's just that we white heterosexual American males have been told for a loooong time now that we are the cause of everyone's problems. it's especially upsetting because i didn't know i hurt so many people in my 20+ years on Earth.

  • March 25, 2006, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Gee KDog... didnt see Bringing out the Dad?

    by JackRabbitSlim

    I wouldnt describe Ving Rhames role in "Bringing out the Dead" as negative ... oh but wait - thats right - Spike considers Ving the white mans bitch for giving his award to Jack Lemmon ...

  • March 25, 2006, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Ooops - shoulda read Hypes posting first

    by JackRabbitSlim

    But that shot Spike took at Ving in Bamboozled was really fucking cheap.

  • March 25, 2006, 11:32 a.m. CST

    average movie at best

    by talktalk

    1. lee is trying to hard to be an inside man in hollywood. 2. big actors in small roles. 3. mesaage is that it is ok to steal from someone who stole from someone else... 4. it's mostly kinda boring...

  • March 25, 2006, 1:35 p.m. CST

    HypeEndsHere, that's entirely and utterly wrong

    by Terry_1978

    Being racist has everything to do with power. A poor black guy telling some rich white guy that he hates him and calling him whitey won't exactly cause any grief to the rich white guy in any fashion, as his not liking him due to his race isn't going to affect him in any manner. Now if that black guy was his boss, then it would definitely matter.

  • March 25, 2006, 1:54 p.m. CST

    complain to Websters. til then, let's stick to English

    by HypeEndsHere


  • March 25, 2006, 2:01 p.m. CST


    by GravediggerJones

    I'm not trying to sit here and call every Spike Lee movie a bonafide perfect classic, but you make it sound like Do The Right Thing was the last good film Lee made. Either you haven't seen many of his films or..... there's just no accounting for taste. Secondly, judging by your defence of Scorsese, I'm sure you don't believe Lee to be a racist (incidentally, I think accusing Scorsese of being racist is equally stupid) but if hearing that the white American male has historically been responsible for problems for other groups in society, that's good. It's not the kind of information that is supposed to make anyone comfortable. The reason that white American males keep being told that historically they're responsible for these problems is that the problems are still there! While I'm sure that it's upsetting to have to hear it, sweeping it all under the rug and trying to pretend that none of it happened or matters isn't any sort of helpful solution. What is needed is for white people/society in general, and those in power in particular, to watch the films/read the books/talk to the minority groups about what the problems are; be upset about the problems; and then work with the minority groups to tackle the problems head on and find solutions.

  • March 25, 2006, 2:25 p.m. CST

    first, i'm glad we can be civilized

    by HypeEndsHere

    no, i don't think Lee is really racist. i think he occasionally says some pretty stupid things, but who doesn't? as a film maker he is barely above competent. that's my personal opinion. (and i have seen almost every film the man has made.) sweeping problems under the rug is not an option, and even if it was, doing so is in no one's best interests. i do have objections (that i raised earlier) with my mere and brief existence being the main focus of every human's inconvenience. not to mention the fact that it's pure laziness to imply your failures are a direct result of someone actively trying to keep you down. i think if the black communities would take some of what Bill Cosby has been saying of late to heart, maybe some good could be done. he has implied that perhaps (just perhaps) some cultural problems can be taken care of at home. as for Spike, I haven't heard many solutions coming from him. but in all fairness, i haven't really been taking him too seriously as of late.

  • March 25, 2006, 3:40 p.m. CST

    I actually wasn't personally calling Scorsese a racist

    by kdog69

    What I was saying is that Scorsese, and many other directors portray Black people in a negative way and never get any shit for it, but when a Black director does it to white people everyone starts calling him a racist. Like you white people are really damaged by racial slurs. I bet you haters favorite film is "Birth of a Nation".

  • March 25, 2006, 4:02 p.m. CST


    by HypeEndsHere

    kdog, you win. white people are evil. happy?

  • March 25, 2006, 4:13 p.m. CST

    by SupremeHustle

    The pizza was from Sal's!

  • March 25, 2006, 7:04 p.m. CST

    Could have been amazing

    by PumpyMcAss

    The first half of this movie was so full of energy and so badass that I was absolutely thrilled. Then when shit started coming to light and the full scope was unveiled (which really wasn't surprising at all), AND NOBODY GOT KILLED!!! it all kind of whimpered out. Lee even gave us an imagined shootout resolution because he knew that we'd be pissed that things never got heavy, never got serious. Reccomend it regardless for some kick-ass movie dialogue and the glints of badassery that remain.

  • March 25, 2006, 11:43 p.m. CST

    I'm glad we can be civilized too, Hype....

    by GravediggerJones

    ... it's what this talkback is for. Unfortunately some idiots who frequent the site are just incapable of being civil. I don't agree that it's lazy to say that minorities are kept down in society. We all know racism happens and is an unfortunate fact. I also disagree with some of Cosby's ill thought out statements, however, perhaps some problems could begin to be addressed "at home" but help and resources are needed to do this effectively. Also, it shouldn't be ignored that these problems have been perpetuated as a result of things that have happened in the past, but I don't think you should take it as a personal attack each time the white man is held to task (unless you are a practising racist). Nobody is holding you personally responsible for all of society's ills, but hopefully decent white people will feel bad about what has been done in the past to give them an edge against others and want something to be done about it. We should all want a fairer society.

  • March 26, 2006, 3:14 a.m. CST

    I can almost guarantee the baddie in this movie is.....

    by Doc_Strange

    Willem Dafoe. I thought I saw him in the previews, he's uncredited, and he always plays a bad guy. Did I nail it?

  • March 26, 2006, 12:05 p.m. CST

    It's not that Spike is a bad director necessarily...

    by Doc_McCoy

    ...even though most of his movies are terrible. It all depends on the script. He's a bad writer and when he's not writing he often chooses bad material. INSIDE MAN was an awesome script, so it would be tough for even Spike Lee to fuck up the movie. I rather liked 25th HOUR as well thanks to the Benioff script.

  • March 26, 2006, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Larry Elder should watch `Clockers`

    by Pumpkinsboy

    And see a masterpiece that portrays the difficulties honest African-Americans can have trying to make an honest living in a culture that so often glamorises criminality and sees the accumulation of wealth as the sole worthy object of life. Maybe then he'll go easier on Spike Lee and not judge him on a few soundbites, some of which may or may not have been taken out of context. But I don't think Larry has much time for other black people anyway, unless they're successful, Conservative, rolex-wearing BMW-driving pillars of society like himself.

  • March 26, 2006, 9:16 p.m. CST

    Kdog 69 you are a such a "victim"...

    by DoctorWho?

    Man, that garbage about what you "think" a racist is is bullshit! HERE's THE DEFINITION OF A RACIST: The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others. AND: Discrimination or prejudice based on race. Someone must have filled your head with that garbage at a young age. ANYONE CAN BE A RACIST. It sounds like you need to stop believing your "oppressed" or being kept down "by the man" No one's doing ANYTHING to you, and as a white person...I'm not "benefiting" from anything "being done to you"! And therein lies the think something is "being done to you"! Man you have no idea how weak you sound. Stop whinning and get in the game like everybody else for Christ's sake! Dont be a victim.

  • March 26, 2006, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Oh, I see Hypeends here beat me to he punch...COOL!

    by DoctorWho?

    Glad to see someone else gets completely irked by that kind of "poor me I'm a minority" bullshit as much as myself! Major props to you Hype!!! As a regular hard working guy, I can tell you I have no "power" over anybody. I'm trying to raise a family and balance my check book like everybody else here.I certainly don't think Spike or Cosby or Winfrey have any control over my life just because they could buy me out a thousand times over...God Bless 'em AND there success. There's plenty for all and I wish 'em the best!! THERE's ONLY TWO KINDS OF PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD...THE DECENT AND THE INDECENT! ROCK ON HYPE!!!

  • March 26, 2006, 11:01 p.m. CST

    why do some people like to pretend...

    by SirBiatchReturns

    that racism simply doesn't exist anymore? and that there are no existing after-effects of centuries of slavery, crimes against minorities, and segregation? are some of you really that clueless? most white people are already put into better situations/positions of power because of things that happened in their parents/grandparents' generation. Is this not obvious? whether you are racist or not, you have directly/indirectly benefitted from the perks that come with being the racial superior. This is the truth. That isn't really such a problem. The problem is when you have people like Hype who neglect that it is a problem. and by the way, GraveDiggerJones nailed it.

  • March 27, 2006, 5:13 a.m. CST

    well, well, well

    by Joyride

    Let me pose this question to all the people who are saying that the actions of racist white people in the past and present have no effect on the lives of African Americans today. If you truly are not racist, and belive all people are fundamentally the same despite the color of their skins, then how is it that the most minorities living in ghettos and projects are subject to the societal ills which you claim have nothing to do with white people? (eg. Fatherless kids, high birth rates, drugs, etc) The answer to this question is simple. Economics. These problems will happen in any poor community. Which begs the question, why are these minority communities poor? Years of oppresion? Maybe. Difficulties in finding work? Maybe. Poor schooling structures that recieve minimal help from the government? maybe. To me, it is very obvious that black people (and other minorities) are still being held down by what happened in the past, and what is happening (to a lesser extent) today, and to claim not to see that is purely ignorant!

  • March 27, 2006, 12:14 p.m. CST

    people get your head out of your bums

    by injury

    I am amazed at the amount of malice in some to the responses. I do not see Spike Lee as a "kill whitey" or "damn the man" type of filmmaker. Yes, many of his movies address race but that doesn't mean he's out for the white man's blood. Several people have made the point that whether or not you agree with his politics shouldn't take away from the fact that he is a good filmmaker. It's the reason why I can appreciate the work of Polanski and Reifenstahl. Sure, Spike has made some awful films (Jungle Fever, She Hate Me, Girl 6). But he's also made some amazing films (Crooklyn, Clockers, Do the Right Thing, Malcom X, 25th Hour, 4 Little Girls). For those who criticize Spike for always addressing race in his films, you need to realize that it affects the lives of everyone, every single day. Anyone can be racist but the term "racism" is usefully applied to the dominant group in a society, because it is that group which has the means to oppress others. To say that as a white person, your life has benefited from the oppression of others show a complete lack of ignorance on this this country is run. Most importantly, I disgusted by how quickly people will disregard films here because they have a black cast or crew. Anything that is trying to shed light on postive aspects of the black experience is put down while crap like Snakes on the Plane and Hustle and Flow are elevated. Besides, people should be a lot more concerned about how women are treated in Spike's movies. He hates women. The only thing you notice of the women in the Inside Men are the fact that have massive tits and Jodie Foster's charcter is called the c word.

  • March 28, 2006, 8:31 p.m. CST

    boo fucking hoo. what do you want? white people to

    by HypeEndsHere

    chop off their fucking feet to level the playing field? it's 2006. there's a statute of limitations on whining like a bitch. sorry. i'm in a mood. and not a mood to be told that i don't think racism is a problem anymore. get your shit together as a people and then come talk to me. since apparently i'm the man in charge.