We Cut Heads: A Spike Lee Podcast
Losing Ground, A Special Episode

Losing Ground, A Special Episode

July 6, 2019

Joel and Spencer are joined by filmmaker, Mtume Gant, for Kathleen Collins' sole feature film. Losing Ground was completed in 1982 but never had a real release. Kathleen died 6 years later. Luckily, it has been restored and it's great. The film also stars Bill Gunn, Duane Jones, and Maritza Rivera. Soemtimes it's streaming in places but there is a DVD out there.

You can find Mtume Gant on Twitter - @SirCoreGant, and watch his short films on Vimeo.

Jailhouse 701: Japanese Cult Cinema - https://jailhouse701.blogspot.com/

Please Don't Send Me Into Outer Space - https://pdsmiospod.podbean.com/

Email - highandlowpod@gmail.com

Logo - Josh Hollis

Twitter - @WeCutHeadsPod

Theme Music - James Fell

 

Pelle the Conqueror - Episode 8 - 1988

Pelle the Conqueror - Episode 8 - 1988

June 29, 2019

Instead of talking about the Oscar winner, Joel and Spencer talk about the Cannes Winner! Pelle the Conqueror is the tale of an immigrant boy from Sweden and his dad's life in 1850s Denmark. Max von Sydow is great but he's always great. At some point, the boys talk about Boondock Saints for some reason.

Jailhouse 701: Japanese Cult Cinema - https://jailhouse701.blogspot.com/

Please Don't Send Me Into Outer Space - https://pdsmiospod.podbean.com/

Logo - Josh Hollis

Music - James Fell

School Daze - Episode 7 - 1988

School Daze - Episode 7 - 1988

June 22, 2019

School ain't over for Joel and Spencer, they need to get through School Daze first. This is only Spike's second feature but already there is everything you'll learn to love and loathe about Spike. This makes for a great intro Spike Lee's filmography.

Marcus Pinn's essay on School Daze - http://thepinksmoke.com/historyschooldaze.htm

Please Don't Send Me Into Outer Space - https://pdsmiospod.podbean.com/

Jailhouse 701: Japanese Cult Cinema - https://jailhouse701.blogspot.com/

Music - James Fell

Logo - Josh Hollis

Email - highandlowpod@gmail.com

Shakespeare In Love - 1998 - Episode 6

Shakespeare In Love - 1998 - Episode 6

June 6, 2019

Whelp, fate plotted against the boys and they were forced into watching Shakespeare In Love. Joel and Spencer discuss many things from Harvey Weinstein to Happiness to He Got Game.

Jailhouse 701: Japanese Cult Cinema - https://jailhouse701.blogspot.com/

Please Don't Send Me Into Outer Space - https://pdsmiospod.podbean.com/

Logo - Josh Hollis

Music - James Fell

Email - Highandlowpod@gmail.com

He Got Game - 1998 - Episode 5

He Got Game - 1998 - Episode 5

May 23, 2019

The boys are joined by John Cribbs of the Pink Smoke (https://thepinksmoke.com/) to dig into the underappreciated and somewhat forgotten, He Got Game. Spike's basketball drama stars Ray Allen, Denzel, and an ensemble cast including Riley's friend from the Initiative from Buffy Season 4. Spencer still feels betrayed by Allen's move to the Miami Heat 7 years ago.

Jailhouse 701: Japanese Cult Cinema - https://jailhouse701.blogspot.com/

Please Don't Send Me Into Outer Space - https://pdsmiospod.podbean.com/

Music - James Fell

Logo - Josh Hollis

 

 

Djibril Diop Mambety, A Special Episode

Djibril Diop Mambety, A Special Episode

May 21, 2019

Joel and Spencer are joined by writer/director/actor Mtume Gant to discuss the great filmmaker Djibril Diop Mambety. During the 1970s, Mambety made a splash with the French New Wave infused Touki Bouki and didn't make another feature until 1992 with Hyenas. The guys discuss how these films relate to each other, the perception of Africa, consumerism, animals, and much more.

Warning: Touki Bouki has graphic footage of a cattle slaughterhouse and a goat getting slaughtered.

Mtume's latest short film Whiteface - https://vimeo.com/ondemand/whiteface

The Hyenas article mentioned in the episode - https://www.e-flux.com/journal/67/60719/neoliberalism-and-the-new-afro-pessimism-djibril-diop-mambty-s-hynes/

Ghost McGrady Daybreak EP, the Touki Bouki segment, 2:56 to 6:12 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLNqU4QMR0M

Jailhouse 701: Japanese Cult Cinema - https://jailhouse701.blogspot.com/

Please Don't Send Into Outer Space - https://pdsmiospod.podbean.com/

Email - highandlowpod@gmail.com

Logo - Josh Hollis

 

Million Dollar Baby - 2004 - Episode 4

Million Dollar Baby - 2004 - Episode 4

May 4, 2019

J-Dawg and Spencer enter the ring and take on Million Dollar Baby. This is the final appearance of Clint Eastwood on We Cut Heads...so far. The boys discuss Swank's performance, Freeman's voice, Anthony Mackie's talent, and there's a few Clint impressions too.

Did you remember that Jay Baruchel, Mike Colter, Riki Lindhome, and Michael Pena were in Million Dollar Baby?

Jailhouse 701: Japanese Cult Cinema - https://jailhouse701.blogspot.com/

Please Don't Send Into Outer Space - https://pdsmiospod.podbean.com/

Logo by Josh Hollis

Music by James Fell

She Hate Me - Episode 3 - 2004

She Hate Me - Episode 3 - 2004

April 24, 2019

Finally! The Boys get to the classic, She Hate Me. You know the sex comedy corporate satire about lesbians, CGI Sperm races, Diabetes, and Watergate, that Spike joint that everyone loves. Joel and Spencer are joined by Marcus Pinn of PINNLAND EMPIRE and The Pink Smoke. She Hate Me is a bafflingly bad film. You gotta see it to believe it.

P.S. The Audio is not great. They are aware of that.

PINNLAND EMPIRE - http://www.pinnlandempire.com/?m=1

Jailhouse 701: Japanese Cult Cinema - https://jailhouse701.blogspot.com/

Please Don't Send Me Into Outer Space - https://pdsmiospod.podbean.com/

Twitter - @WeCutHeadsPod

Music - James Fell

Logo - Josh Hollis

Daughters of the Dust, A Special Episode

Daughters of the Dust, A Special Episode

April 13, 2019

Spencer and Joel tackle Julie Dash's first (and so far only) feature, Daughters of the Dust. This is a radical film. This is a landmark film. This is a beautiful art film made by a black woman, with a black female cast. The boys get into the LA Rebellion, the costumes, American History, and Malcolm X comes up again. Daughters of the Dust is on Netflix and other streaming services.

Jailhouse 701: Japanese Cult Cinema - https://jailhouse701.blogspot.com/

Please Don't Send Me Into Outer Space - https://pdsmiospod.podbean.com/

Logo by Josh Hollis

Music by James Fell

The Next Pairing is 2004 - She Hate Me and Million Dollar Baby.

Unforgiven - 1992 - Episode 2

Unforgiven - 1992 - Episode 2

April 7, 2019

The boys close out the 1992 pairing with Clint's farewell to the traditional western. It pairs well with Malcolm X, in some very clear and some unexpected ways. Spencer hasn't enough Gene Hackman films and keeps calling Glenn Close or Gene Roddenberry. Joel hasn't many westerns and loves Wayne's World.

Jailhouse 701: Japanese Cult Cinema https://jailhouse701.blogspot.com/

Please Don't Send Me Into Outer Space https://pdsmiospod.podbean.com/

Music by James Fell

Logo by Josh Hollis