I don't see it getting by unscathed :/
I didn't see a black person till I was in my early teens. I was a suburban white kid in Denmark. And while my white suburban classmates, who had never seen a black person in person either, would listen to rap on their walkmen and start to dress and act black, I started smoking Spike Lee joints in my room. The gateway drug was Boyz n The Hood, but Spike Lee's shit was that much stronger and I got hooked. At the moment I'm a recovering Spike addict - he hasn't been relevant or interesting since 25th Hour, which is one of the best directed films of the 2000s. I don't know if he'll ever be great again, all filmmakers have an expiration date, and he's been stale for 11 years now. I still get high, from time to time, on his 90s joints - Crooklyn, Clockers and Girl 6 in particular.
His documentary work has been far superior to his fiction in the last decade. I appreciate many of his films, but on reflection of his output to date...I hate say it but he's very overrated. Unless Oldboy is a surprise I think his best days are way behind him. I think more credit needs to be given to Ernest Dickerson and his other collaborators for the success of his earlier films.
Some of his films are okay. But as a person, he's a shallow, hypocritical, hateful child vying for attention; I can't wait to see who he accuses of racism next. His films are praised for their complexity but all I get from them are his hatred and anger, and the oversimplifying of a painful modern issue. As a great man once said, "hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
People give the man crap but I'd rather see more of him than Tyler Perry. At least he makes films about extensive characters and earns laughs rather than playing dress-up. Also, he has a better sense of drama and honesty than Perry. He can write, direct, and breed life into his scripts.
I was looking at my Twitter timeline, when of course, I saw Spike Lee's tweets, they looked annoying *(personal peeve) because He Wrote Like This, you know? so I replied him without the intention of getting a reply back from him, I said "Spike Lee writes his tweets with caps in the start of every word, its kind of annoying" HE REPLIED ME and said "Get Over It" HAHAHAHAHAHHAAHHA Highlight of my week.
I agree with Maximillan. He has a tendency to over-stylize his films, but his style is right up my alley. But what I love about Spike Lee is also what annoys me tremendously. His lack of self-control, but also his exhuberance and agression. It always adds up to a film (besides Do The Right Thing) that I both like and dislike.
Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X, School Daze, 25th Hour, He Got Game and The Inside Man were all awesome. Kobe Doin' Work is also a great treat for basketball fans. I don't care what anyone says tho, Summer of Sam was his best picture. It was near perfect with the exception of that stupid talking dog. Spike Lee is the most overlooked filmmaker in mainstream cinema.
I went to school for Motion Picture Production. Specializing in Cinematography. Mr. Spike Lee, has been a Titan as well as a Guru for myself and others. There is much to learn from this Scholar in the art of Pre, Post, AND Production. Having hope is on thing but creating truth is another. "Do The Right Thing" Inspired me so much. FIGHT THE POWER. Much Love, AND Respect. LONG LIVE "40 ACRES & MULE"!!! AND never forget MARS BLACK... -PEACE- I HOPE TO WORK WITH YOU ONE DAY.
Ellen I think I do have a story to share about my Brother. He past away two years ago. He was the very first African American to be featured on a National weekly show...At the age of five he was the biggest STARS ON TELEVISION in the beginning of TV ... The Show was called "Star Time!" When we his own family went to see his show, we had to enter the building in the back, while he was given the red carpet treatment... He was also so the first kid in ebony in the Zenith advertisement! Way back in the early 50's His career was very short. Because of greed... He never recovered. But in his later years he became one of New York's Street promoters promoting Rap artist..... And at his funeral many of the artist that he promoted came to say a last farewell, never knowing his own history.... And was moved to tears...