Spike Lee’s Brooklyn was a novelty when it burst onto the screen in August of 1986 with “She’s Gotta Have It,” the sex comedy about a woman juggling three male suitors. At the time, Washington Post critic Paul Attanasio said, “among films that all seem to have been shot on the same street corner in Los Angeles, it has a rare quality: a sense of place.”
Lee has come back to that place repeatedly over the years, and he returns to his home borough with “Red Hook Summer,” which opens today. It follows a boy who leaves Atlanta for a hot summer in New York, where he stays with his preacher grandfather and learns a lesson or two about humanity and spirituality. Critic Ann Hornaday calls the film an “affectionate homage to Brooklyn.”
She also sat down with Lee for a discussion about the movie and (insert shaky fist) kids today.
In honor of Lee’s homecoming, we’re taking a look back at some of the writer-director’s Brooklyn-based films. Click on the movie title for the original review and a trip down memory lane — or Fulton Street.
1989: “Do the Right Thing”
1990: “Mo’ Better Blues”
1998: “He Got Game”