PFR Weekly: “Da 5 Bloods” (2020) and the Brilliance of Spike Lee


The gang is back with another discussion about a film from a Black director. This week they focus in on Spike Lee’s newest release, “Da 5 Bloods” (2020).

As any Spike Lee movie is bound to do, “Da 5 Bloods” guides Jane, Nathan, and Devin through a kaleidoscope of historical, artistic, and cultural angles to consider filmmaking and storytelling. After placing the film in a broader context of works about the Vietnam War, particularly how it distinguishes itself from “Apocalypse Now,” the gang kicks the conversation into mach speed to work through the incredible performances at the center of the movie, and how Lee’s directorial tendencies ensure that “Da 5 Bloods” is an informative thrill ride. Plus, your hosts spend a chunk of time unpacking why Lee, easily one of the most talented and exciting directors of his or any generation, seems so undervalued as an artist when others of his age group are elevated for lesser filmmaking. Settle in for an episode of hot takes galore.

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