By David Zou
Spike Lee not only encapsulates the Black American experience but uses the medium of film to call out the hypocrisies within United States society and the racial, political, and sexual tensions just simmering beneath the surface.
He’s fierce, unapologetic, and touches raw nerves in his work about the problematic social arrangement between the races and classes in America through the eyes of not just a black man but as an incisive director and documentarian. His movies examine race relations, the black community, how media functions in America, crime and poverty in the city, and politics in general in the US. His work is fast-moving, sharp, and hard-hitting.
It’s important a director like Spike Lee exists to put into words and images the frustrations that the great masses are unable to communicate or else articulate to a larger audience. Spike Lee is the truth of the American Dream: an artist that can speak truth to power without seeming a hypocrite. He’s a director that will eagerly make the kind of films that most directors will squirm away from. He’s a figure that has picked up the unbelievably difficult torch of being the Voice of All Black People in America–even though he doesn’t necessarily speak for all of them.
But to hell with racial labels: he’s a brilliant director who has a gift for creating indelible images and can move a story forward with urgency and pace and visual finesse that’s a rare find, no matter their race. To qualify this argument: Spike Lee is a unique visionary, a voice in cinema so far unmatched, and a perfect director.
25. She Hate Me (2004)
While Spike Lee is known as a provocateur, the wildly tone-deaf nature of 2004’s She Hate Me stands as his worst film to date. → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema