BIOGRAPHY (from Wikipedia)
Shelton Jackson “Spike” Lee (born March 20, 1957) is an American film director, producer, writer, actor, and professor. His production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, has produced more than 35 films since 1983.
He made his directorial debut with She’s Gotta Have It (1986). He has since written and directed such films as Do the Right Thing (1989), Jungle Fever (1991), Malcolm X and BlacKkKlansman (2018). Lee also acted in ten of his films.
Lee’s films have explored race relations, colorism in the black community, the role of media in contemporary life, urban crime and poverty, and other political issues. He has won numerous accolades for his work, including an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, a Student Academy Award, a BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, two Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards, and the Cannes Grand Prix. He has also received an Academy Honorary Award, an Honorary BAFTA Award, an Honorary César, and the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize.
1983 – Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads
1986 – She’s Gotta Have It
1988 – School Daze
1989 – Do the Right Thing
1990 – Mo’ Better Blues
1991 – Jungle Fever
1992 – Malcolm X
1994 – Crooklyn
1995 – Clockers
1996 – Girl 6
1996 – Get on the Bus
1998 – He Got Game
1999 – Summer of Sam
2000 – Bamboozled
2002 – 25th Hour
2004 – She Hate Me
2006 – Inside Man
2008 – Miracle at St. Anna
2012 – Red Hook Summer
2013 – Oldboy
2014 – Da Sweet Blood of Jesus
2015 – Chi-Raq
2018 – Pass Over
2018 – BlacKkKlansman
|Do The Right Thing||1989||The rising temperatures on the hottest day also raises racial tensions as the film descends from feel-good comedy to a tragic and brutal crescendo. A Spike Lee masterpiece.||4.5||Gordon|
|Crooklyn||1994||Spike Lee's semi-autobiographical family drama is a stunningly presented look at 70s Brooklyn and the people that inhabit it. Though the story doesn't hit as hard as you might hope.||3.5||Gordon|
|Summer of Sam||1999||Click to see our detailed review.||3.5||Gordon|
|Inside Man||2006||Even when you know the brilliant twist ending this is still a great heist thriller which shines most when Owen and Washington share scenes. Only the odd subplot involving Jodie Foster's character brings it down a little.||4||Mat|
|Inside Man||2006||An interesting twist, but just a little too generic.||3.5||Gordon|
|Chi-Raq||2016||Powerful stuff. Some amazing monologues tear the American gun lobby and street gang culture to shreds.||4||Gordon|
|BlackKKlansman||2018||As funny as it is powerful, as thrilling as it is harrowing, Spike Lee's film delivers an incredibly strong message in the most entertaining way possible, with an ending that is both shocking and necessary. A film the whole world should see.||5||Mat|
|BlackKklansman||2018||Despite its wewighty subject matter Spike Lee has crafted an engaging film that works as both history and entertainment.||4||Gordon|
The Verdict – 4 Stars
Despite being ostensibly known for his hard hitting racial and social commentaries, Spike Lee’s career is far more wide ranging. However it is clear that his love of New York, African-American culture and challenging convention brings out the absolute best in his film making abilities. Everyone should see Do The Right Thing and BlackKklannsman before they die, but don’t let that be your only foray into the world of Spike. And that’s the truth, Ruth!
This page will be updated as we watch more Spike Lee films and therefore his overall rating will change over time. You can see where Spike sits in the Directors League here.