Summer in the City

Fun fact: This week’s episode of Someone Else’s Movie was recorded on the first day of our current heat wave, as the temperature nudged up from “unpleasant” to “disgusting”. But Darken‘s Olunike Adeliyi had just arrived from New York, where it was even more of a sweatbox, so she stayed cool and composed while I was a little more glassy-eyed.

It’s just as well, really, since we were talking about John Singleton’s breakout drama Boyz N the Hood, which may not have the oppressive heat of Spike Lee’s earlier Do the Right Thing — the film to which it was most often compared when it opened in 1991 — but does take place in sun-blasted South Central Los Angeles. And though our conversation swings through a couple of other films Olunike counts as inspirations, we mostly focused on Tre, Doughboy and Ricky, and the odds against their survival.

Check it out! Subscribe on Apple PodcastsGoogle Play or Stitcher, or download the episode directly from the web. Just listen to it somewhere cool, please. No need for you to suffer along with us.

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