Spike Lee’s take on the “Son of Sam” murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American South Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.
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Spike Lee at his darkest, and in my opinion his best. All of his trademark themes and techniques are beautifully put to use in Summer of Sam. It is a near perfect film with the exception of the scenes that include a talking dog. Glad to see it on here, now get He Got Game up as well.
The Summer of Sam at least has a fitting title. It is a look into the minds of the people of NYC when the serial killer the son of Sam was roaming around. It does so in quite a nice way, providing us with a lot of references to the contemporary pop- and counter culture. Yet the story was so darn predictable... Shame because aesthetically it's a joy to watch.