The 50 Best New York City Movies

38. Juice (1992)

Director: Ernest Dickerson
Leading Actors: Omar Epps, Tupac Shakur, Jermaine "Huggy" Hopkins, Samuel L. Jackson
NYC Neighborhoods Featured: Harlem

Long-time Spike Lee DP Ernest Dickerson stepped out from behind the lens to helm this crime drama. While Lee's allegiances usually land him in Brooklyn, Dickerson takes his project to Harlem. Juice, given its close ties to rap, has more in common with films of its era like film Boyz in the Hood than the most well-known films in Lee's filmography. Though Harlem has changed dramatically since the early nineties, stories like this one still play out in cities across the country. Just look to Dickerson's work directing episodes of The Wire, which has used strikingly similar narratives, particularly in its fourth (and best) season. —BG

innocentAn Innocent Corrupted"Gritty Realism"

blog comments powered by Disqus