SPIKE LEE

Spike Lee: One of the most polarizing and misrepresented artists in the history of cinema, his work is powerful enough to be discussed for many years to come. Films that cover themes that tap into the heart and soul of the human spirit, Lee's vivid portrayals of the world provide cultural and historical meaning that is difficult to come by anyplace else. In fact, as the universe continues to be divided and our demographics persist to stay at war with one another, the stories in these films are as relevant today as they ever were, from the subject matter all the way down to the characters themselves. Whether it's about a jazz player from Harlem or a family's evolution in Crooklyn, in the way art imitates culture Lee made films about real life, which is exactly why he was so scrutinized throughout his career. No different than how the world is so disunited today with the deaths of Alton Sterling and Eric Garner, people from all over the globe made different judgments about Radio Raheem, however, as the cycle continues it becomes all the more apparent why Lee put that kind of content on the screen. Below is a ranking for all 22 of his joints, with a critique and exploration into why each one is significant, with the hope that his art will be cultivated and preserved for the generations that follow.

July 22, 2016

It’s not often anything is as good as advertised, as art in particular is thought to be so subjective that it’s a wonder why anyone takes a critic’s point of view on anything. In the movie industry films get revered every year, honored at prestigious awards shows, thou...

July 22, 2016

It’s long been said that over time the ‘winners’ have taken the privilege of writing our history books, in which case our ‘heroes’ and our ‘villains’ are dependent upon who’s telling the story. While accepting that sentiment may be too cynical for some, and for many is...

July 22, 2016

        A basketball story that is so much more, this film virtually redefines what the quintessential ‘sports movie’ is about in every way. It’s no secret that Hollywood has always showcased the drama and theatre involved in athletics, and has forever c...

July 22, 2016

A coming of age story that is all about family, this film is a semi-biographical journey in respects to growing up in Brooklyn, New York in the early 1970’s. Having been raised there for the majority of his childhood, Lee was more than familiar of the time period and t...

July 22, 2016

The grandest and most stunning surprise from his catalogue, this film deviates from almost everything you’d expect from a Spike Lee joint on the surface, yet within it’s heart and soul it embodies Lee’s finest qualities of filmmaking altogether. At first glance it is v...

July 22, 2016

A musical drama about the life of a man and his trumpet, this film is an earnest tale that captures not only the unrest of the music business, but more particularly serves as a tribute to what’s been considered to be one of America’s most original art forms. Jazz was o...

July 22, 2016

A turbulent ride of racism, sexism, and classism, this film is full of ism’s and high drama in regards to every subject matter that most of our society would rather avoid. Accustomed to our routines the average man or woman doesn’t often gravitate towards unfamiliar id...

July 22, 2016

The most overlooked and underappreciated war film that you never hear talked about, this masterpiece revolves around the unsung heroes of World War II that have never gotten their proper recognition. In fact the very basis of the film was deemed somewhat controversial,...

July 22, 2016

A crime thriller with a drastically different feel than any other Spike Lee joint, this film adds a surprise of depth to a rather conventional storyline that falls right into Hollywood’s wheelhouse. When you look at the history of cinema a bank robber and a high profil...

July 22, 2016

The most overlooked film in his catalogue, this story of a bus ride from L.A. to D.C. makes for some of the most powerful writing that’s ever been put on screen. The passengers are all strangers to one another and the destination is the Million Man March, thus as one w...

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