“BlacKkKlansman� – Adam Driver, Spike Lee, and John David Washington: Hollywood Film Tribute

Today we are recognizing BlacKkKlansman, as well as co-writer/director Spike Lee, plus co-stars Adam Driver and John David Washington. Our Hollywood Film Tributes recognize films and talent for their excellence in the art of filmmaking. One of the awards season’s most consistent players, BlacKkKlansman is a timely film that deserves to be recognized for the masterwork from Spike Lee that it is. Lee arguably has made one of his best movies ever here, while Driver and Washington are nomination worthy. It’s one of 2018’s best, plain and simple… From our rave review back in the summer: Spike Lee is not a subtle filmmaker. Sometimes, the stick of dynamite works better than the scalpel. Other times? Not so much. That’s sort of been the hallmark of his career, and in particular, the last handful of years. Well, this week, Lee is back with a vengeance, as he’s got one of his best movies to date coming out. The film in question is BlacKkKlansman, a piece of vital cinema that stands tall among anything else the auteur has done. Not only is it one of Lee’s best, it’s one of the year’s best as well, in addition to being a major Oscar player. This is something special folks. Based on an incredible true story, the movie centers on Colorado Springs Police Officer Ron Stallworth (John David Washington). Teamed with partner Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), they would go undercover and take down the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. Initially, Ron calls up the Klan on a whim, but Walter (Ryan Eggold) is so taken by him, before long, Flip (standing in for Ron), is immersed in their activities. Walter, and later David Duke (Topher Grace) love “Ronâ€� unabashedly, though Felix (Jasper Pääkkönen) is suspicious. As Flip struggles with the hate he hears on a daily basis, as well as his Jewish faith, Ron tries to pursue the case, while dealing with racism, along with a courtship of radical student Patrice (Laura Harrier). It’s suspenseful, exciting, and often hilarious, though with a poignantly sad ending. Lee directs and co-writes the adaptation of Stallworth’s book with David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel, and Kevin Willmott. The top notch supporting cast includes the likes of Ashlie Atkinson, Alec Baldwin, Harry Belafonte, Robert John Burke, Ken Garito, Corey Hawkins, Paul Walter Hauser, Frederick Weller, and Isiah Whitlock Jr. Terence Blanchard again provides Lee with a score, while the cinematography here is [...]