I'm often a Spike Lee apologist
Posted by Pugeye on 9/19/2017, 9:33 am, in reply to "She's Gotta Have It is becoming a Netflix series"
"Do The Right Thing" is a masterpiece and one of my favorite films and "Malcolm X" is a great film. Most of his others have great things about them but also some pretty glaring flaws. I've seen most of them and gotten something out of them all, even the ones that had me scratching my head while watching. His talent as a filmmaker is undeniable but people let his personality and self-indulgent tendencies (definitely a filmmaker who could greatly benefit from a collaborator, specifically a good screenwriter- PT Anderson is another) get in the way of how they view him. Regardless of the way the term racism has been redefined in recent years to *only* mean institutionalized racism, I believe black people can be racist and I also believe that Spike is pretty ####in' racist but I still respect him as an artist (can anyone really blame black people for being racist? Cue Benny in 5...4...).
All that being said, it's been a long time since Spike did anything I've wanted to see. I mean, the last film of his I saw was "Inside Man" which was just ok and anyone could have made it- it had none of Spike's trademarks. And that was over 10 years ago. I've been meaning to see his Katrina doc but that's about it. Then there's the fact that I'm skeptical about his talents really being appropriate for the TV format as well as the fact that a "She's Gotta Have It" TV show just sounds like a dumb idea. I liked the film but it maybe had the least actual substance out of any of his films. Thank god he didn't do a "Do The Right Thing" TV show though. Was bad enough when he reappeared as Mookie in a recent film of his no one saw.
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