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MOVIE REVIEW | School Daze (1988)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “It’s energetic, lively and fun, even when it makes you think about to its more serious themes and issues.”

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In life, there are times to be quiet, to shut the fuck up. This is one of those times.

When Spike Lee released his latest, Chi-Raq, there were three main reactions.  Some people absolutely loved it, some people absolutely hated it, most people didn’t even see it.  Which really sucks, because I’m one of the people who really loved it.  And while it may not have been the best movie of 2015, it was by far the most vibrant and energetic movie of 2015.  I also think it was totally, 100% the exact movie Lee wanted to make.  Watching Chi-Raq made me think a lot about Lee’s widely revered masterpiece, Do the Right Thing.  Now, I just watched an earlier Spike Lee joint that I think rounds out stylistic trilogy with those two, School Daze.

At Mission College in the 80s, there’s unrest and dissatisfaction.  Despite being an all black college, there’s still plenty of racial tension.  Dap (Laurence Fishburne) leads a group of dark skinned African Americans who spend their days protesting for freedom and the abolishment of Apartheid in South Africa.  On the other end of the spectrum are the light skinned students lead by Julian (Giencarlo Esposito), whose clique is more concerned with the fraternity and sorority side of college life. (more…)