Thursday, August 21, 2008

And it has Mos Def

Without question, Spike Lee is one my favorite filmmakers, and Bamboozled, flaws and all, is one of his most powerful films. Decidedly not Inside Man, Bamboozled was not a hit, and the AV Club's Nathan Rabin profiles it this week as one of his "My Year of Flops" cases.

While I understand the criticism, I'd venture to say that faulting a picture about a minstrel show sitcom for lacking subtlety misses the point. But Rabin rightly points out that the film has gained respect in the eight years since its release, and I suspect that - especially given recent debates over the nature and limits of satire - it will eventually find a revered spot in Lee's repertoire.

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