Over the course of more than 30 years, Spike Lee has proven himself to be one of the greatest voices currently working in film. Movies like Do The Right Thing, School Daze, Jungle Fever, and others both reflect and challenge the way we look at race relations in America. But with all of that in consideration, Spike has also proven time and time again that no matter how often the quality of his work waxes (Do The Right Thing, Bamboozled) and wanes (She Hate Me, Miracle at St. Anna, Oldboy), he’s never anything less than interesting.
Spike’s bold and uncompromising voice has followed him outside the world of film, from talks about gentrification and a public World War II-related beef with Clint Eastwood, to his unrequited love of the New York Knicks. This is a man who has directed, produced, written, and starred in films, had his name attached to Jordan’s, introduced the world to Public Enemy and Barack and Michelle Obama to each other. Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus, Spike’s 20th feature film, is slowly but surely expanding nationwide, and in honor of that and in honor of a man who’s been snubbed and ignored by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for far too long, here’s a list of things that Spike Lee fans will hold close to their chests.
1: Realizing that Dap (Larry Fisburne, left) and Leeds (Samuel L. Jackson, right)
Grew up to become these guys:
2: Wondering why Mookie was still delivering Sal’s Pizza thirty years after Do The Right Thing:
(He managed to put his son through college on $250/week?!)
3: Celebrating well-written female characters like Nola from She’s Gotta Have It and Mother Sister from Do The Right Thing