Dec. 27th, 2006

ceebeegee: (Vera Ellen)
Someone on ATC posted that Spike made "the worst movie musical ever," School Daze. Nooooo! I love that musical--yes, it's not particularly smooth and drags in places (it was his sophomore effort, after all) (and the "Wake Up" scene at the end confused the HELL out of me) but it has such terrific energy! How can you not love "Good and Bad Hair"? It's like West Side Story with black college girls instead of Hell's Kitchen punks!



I love that his dad wrote the music for it.

I also love that as silly as it can be in some places, it does not shy away at all from more unseemly truths, like Julian's absolutely wretched treatment of Jane in the end. It's by far the most powerful sequence in the movie--Tisha Campbell's face when he dumps her is awful. During Spike's commentary on the DVD, he said that wasn't exaggeration--he saw crap like that in the Greek system all the time.

It's funny--reading interviews with Spike Lee, I don't think I would like him particularly, but I have liked every movie of his that I've ever seen (only two at this point, School Daze and Summer of Sam, although I have some more on my Netflix queue).

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