Lately, I've noticed a lot of negative vibes and attacks on Spike Lee- jokes about him, people rolling their eyes when his name gets mentioned, etc. My question: why? I've recently seen a few of his films, and I very much respect his work. Wereas a lot of Hollywood movies tried to broach the issue of racial tension, with varying degrees of success, I haven't seen any of them come close to Do the Right Thing. In fact, I don't know if it's possible to do that with a big Hollywood production. It's better accomplished in an indie-style setting to capture the grit and grime of the conflict. The end, where Spike Lee's character throws the garbage can through the window was incredibly powerful, as well as the stand-off between the Korean store ownder and the street black guys . Jungle Fever was very interesting, but not as strong as DTRT for me. Unlike some of his other films, he tainted the objectivity of story's conflict by making Wesley Snipes' character married. However, there were some excellent moments, honestly capturing the feelings of most black people I've known, such as the women discussing the role race plays in judging beauty and the police mistaking fooling around on the street for sexual assault. Lee's most pleasantly surprising film was Malcolm X. I was afraid that the scope of the film would be outside the realm of his ability. I was sorely mistaken. This is possibly the best epic-style biography I've ever seen. It was fair, honest, and engaging. Usually, biographies are set out to make the character a hero or to villainise the subject. For an individual as controversial as Malcolm X, there was practically none of that here. This movie is a rare case of a film that both educated and entertained me. It didn't change my opinion of the man, but made me more informed. That is an admirable accomplishment. Did Denzel Washington win an award for that performance? Malcolm X and Glory alone prove that he is easily one of the top actors of the past 15 years. Angela Bassett, who I'm in love with anyway, was great as well. Bamboozled was dissappointing. A very interesting idea for a movie that just ran away from itself and ended up becoming a mess in the end. But, it's the kind of failure that I respect. Where else are you going to see that kind of film making? I hope Spike comes out with something else, soon. I'm glad he's around to stir things up once in a while. Which leads me back to my original question: why all the negativity towards him? I'm not one to label people as racists, but I am getting that feeling... after all, most of his subject matter has to do with race. He's not preachy or whiny about his subject matter. Sure, not all of his movies are great, but the same is true for most, if not all, directors.