Red Hook Summer

Red Hook Summer

Streaming Video - 2012
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The latest in Spike Lee's Chronicles of Brooklyn series (which also include SHE'S GOTTA HAVE IT, DO THE RIGHT THING, CROOKLYN, CLOCKERS, and HE GOT GAME), RED HOOK SUMMER tells the story of Flik Royale, a sullen young boy from middle-class Atlanta who has come to spend the summer with his deeply religious grandfather, Bishop Enoch Rouse, in the housing projects of Red Hook. Having never met before, things quickly get off on the wrong foot as Bishop Enoch relentlessly attempts to convert Flik into a follower of Jesus Christ. Between his grandfather's constant preaching and the culture shock of inner-city life, Flik's summer appears to be a total disaster--until he meets Chazz Morningstar, a pretty girl his age, who shows Flik the brighter side of Brooklyn. Through her love and the love of his grandfather, Flik begins to realize that the world is a lot bigger, and perhaps a lot better, than he'd ever imagined.
Publisher: [United States] : Image Entertainment : Made available through hoopla, 2012
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: streaming video file (1 video file (ca. 120 min.)) : sd., col


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I like Spike Lee movies because he doesn't shy away from didacticism. RED HOOK SUMMER is no exception. He takes on the black church, gentrification, black flight to the South, and the ubiquity of digital social media. I think his main target though is nostalgia. As Brooklyn becomes an increasingly white hipster Mecca, it would be easy to beatify the days before DO THE RIGHT THING and CLOCKERS when black America appeared more unified and cohesive. But Lee doesn't do that. He embraces the unknown and uncertain future through the 13-year-old protagonist Flik Royale.

Aug 05, 2016

This Indie was made for less than $1M (Lee’s masterpieces Malcom X ($33M) and Do the Right Thing ($22M)). This is Spike Lee’s portrait of a Brooklyn African-American church in the 20th century. The importance of the Black Church is that it has been the only place of security and healing though 400 years of slavery, peonage, Jim Crow, discrimination and financial exploitation. Lee made this film with Indie money to avoid bastardization of the story by white financiers. If you have doubts about White control in Hollywood, reflect on the fact that the last 40 Oscar nominations for best actors/actresses have been 100% white. Very good despite the fact that there was little money to tell this story.

Jul 20, 2014

Not one my favorites from Spike Lee,and it's definitely not one of his best films.The very good performances (especially from Clarke Peters) makes me give it a pass though,despite what i know now about the Bible and these so-called pastors in these so-called churches in real life period.The very shocking revelation about the pastor that closes out this movie is so shocking it is unforgettable.It really should WAKE UP poor and middle class black people in real life worldwide that are really wasting their time and $ in churches every Sunday and during the week every week in real life period,BUT I DIGRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lasertravis Feb 07, 2014

Below average black religious drama by Spike Lee. Lame coming of age tale clouded by lengthy religious sermons and a turn toward a very serious issue LATE in the film. Plays out very B movie in the majority of it's acting and the look of the film. Both older men of the church turn in good acting, but to no avail.

VahiniG Apr 27, 2013

Kept my attention. A little arty, good character development and a little better than average, when it comes to fiction films.


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