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Showing posts with label 1995. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1995. Show all posts

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Clockers (1995)

"Clockers" (1995) is a crime drama directed by Spike Lee, who co-wrote the film with Richard Price, which they based on Price's novel under the same title. The movie features an outstanding cast, including Mekhi Phifer, Harvey Keitel, Keith David, John Turturro, Delroy Lindo, Isaiah Washington, Regina Taylor, and Thomas Jefferson Byrd. The film also has a great soundtrack that peaked at #54 on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. 

Spike Lee produced several classic movies before '95, but "Clockers" is an underrated gem by the director. And it's understandable when notable films like "School Daze," "Do the Right Thing," "Mo' Better Blues," "Malcolm X," and "Crooklyn" existed earlier. However, "Clockers" shows Lee's versatility as a filmmaker, and the cast delivered an exceptional performance. I highly recommend this film for the viewing. 

Director: Spike Lee
Writer: Richard Price, Spike Lee

Starring Mekhi Phifer, Harvey Keitel, Keith David, John Turturro, Delroy Lindo, Isaiah Washington, Regina Taylor, Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Peewee Love, Sticky Fingaz, Fredro Starr, Elvis Nolasco, Lawrence B. Adisa, Hassan Johnson, Frances Foster, Michael Imperioli, Lisa Arrindell, Paul Calderon, Brendan Kelly, Mike Starr, Graham Brown, Steve White, Spike Lee

A "clocker" is a 24-hour drug dealer, and Strike (Mekhi Phifer) is the hardest-working one on the streets. But for Strike, time is running out. When the local drug kingpin tips Strike off about an opportunity for advancement, a rival dealer ends up dead, and Strike suddenly finds himself caught between two homicide detectives. One is Mazilli (John Turturro), who's only looking for an easy bust. The other is Rocco (Harvey Keitel), who's looking for something much more challenging to find—the truth—and when Strike's law-abiding brother confesses to the murder, Rocco vows not to rest until he's sure the real shooter is behind bars.

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Klash (1995)

Stoney (Giancarlo Esposito), a world-weary photographer past his prime, comes to Kingston to photograph the Klash, an electrifying battle of the world's best Reggae and Dancehall performers. He believes this is to be a routine assignment but soon finds himself under the spell of Blosson (Jasmin Guy), the steamy goddess of the dancehalls and the "property" of underworld Kingpin Mr. Lee. Unhappy in her life as a gun moll, she sees Stoney as her ticket out.

Blossom has devised a seamless plan to steal the box-office receipts generated by the Klash —if Mr. Lee and his double-crossing thugs don't beat her to it! There is apparently no honor amongst thieves, and with the police, led by Lieutenant Loveless (Cedella Marley), quickly closing in, the stakes become dizzyingly high in this race for money, power, and freedom.