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Highly Suspect Reviews: Chi-Raq

4 Submitted by on Thu, 03 December 2015, 09:59

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a narrative Spike Lee film worth talking about. There’s no question that there’s going to be a lot of talking about his latest film. In Chi-Raq, Lee takes the Greek comedy of Lysistrata and moves it to present day Englewood in Chicago, or Chi-Raq, as its natives call it, for the extreme amounts of violence that take place almost daily on its streets. The two biggest culprits are two gangs led respectively by Nick Cannon and Wesley Snipes. When a side-effect of one of their drive-bys is that a little girl is left for dead, the gang’s women, and the women of the entire area, band together in a pact to stay celibate until their men put down the guns. Oh, and did I mention that the bulk of the movie is in rhyme? Chris, Richard and JC review.


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Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.