Clockers and Closing Out the 1990s Gangsta/Hood Genre Cycle
As we screened Clockers, I tweeted the film is "slow, but effective." How would you describe Clockers in one phrase or a short sentence?
Quick refresher... any significant repeated element in a film is a motif. This can be an object, color, person, place, sound, character trait, and/or lighting pattern, for example. Two obvious motifs in Clockers are Strike's trains and his ulcer. As you watched, what did you think each represented in the context of the narrative?
What does Paula J. Massood believe Strike's trains symbolize, and how does Keith M. Harris read Strike's ulcers? Were your interpretations similar?
In your own words, what's a "hood chronotrope"?
According to Massood, in what three ways does Lee's Clockers differ from Richard Price's Clockers?
How does Massood read the ending of Clockers? And Keith M. Harris? With which scholar do you agree here? Or perhaps you have a different reading?
BONUS (2 pts):
What was your favorite film (or lecture), and why?
What have you learned this term about Spike Lee, Quentin Tarantino, and/or their oeuvre you didn't know before?
Spike Lee and Mekhi Phifer. Image: IMDB.
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