Bleek’s Gravitational Pull

From 21:08-21:44, Spike Lee places us in Bleek’s gravitational pull. Lee strategically uses the circular motion in Bleek’s trumpet practice and places him in the center to signify his internal psychology. Through the movement of this sequence, Bleek confronts his audience with his intimate relationship with his instrument, breaks the fourth wall, and acknowledges the audience with intention and directness that translates to a power dynamic that disintegrates as the movie continues. Continue reading “Bleek’s Gravitational Pull”

Mo’ Better Reds

Bleek Gilliam struggled to maintain the relationships and people around him. He struggled with loyalty, friendship, leadership, and honesty; this was something that the audience clearly perceived. However, it was Spike Lee’s affective structure using color and close-up cuts that established our feelings associated with Bleek’s conflicts throughout the film.  Continue reading “Mo’ Better Reds”