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Happy Birthday, Spike Lee!

Spike Lee turns 60 on March 20th, and the Roxie Theater in San Francisco is celebrating with a showing of 4 films. "Do The Right Thing" is paired with "Crooklyn" on March 18, and "Malcolm X" is showing with "Bamboozled" on March 19th. He is considered one of the most influential filmmakers of the last 30 years, yet he remains somewhat of an outsider in the industry. Even if you can't make it to the Roxie retrospective, you can check out his films here at SCCLD.
 
This is the movie that introduced Spike Lee to the world (and to me). Shot mostly in  black and white on a miniscule budget, it's a sassy, insightful comedy about a free-spirited woman involved with three very different guys, none of whom alone can give her what she needs. With a jazz score by Spike Lee's father, bassist Bill Lee.
Spike Lee's breakout film, set in Brooklyn on the hottest day of the year as racial tensions boil over. It's as relevant and fresh today as when I first saw it in 1989. Funny, heartbreaking, nuanced, and thought provoking, it's his masterpiece, and a modern classic
This sweeping biopic of the influential and controversial Black Nationalist leader features an amazing, Oscar-nominated performance by Denzel Washington. The film, structured in three parts, traces Malcolm X's transformation from wayward youth to incendiary Black Muslim activist and then devout Sunni Muslim. It's an extraordinary life of a man who reinvented himself, and one of the great film biographies.
One of his less personal films, this is a clever, convoluted bank heist crime caper, with three great actors in central roles: Denzel Washington as the detective, Clive Owen, the criminal mastermind, and Jodie Foster as the supremely intelligent "fixer" hired by the bank. It's smart, interesting, energetic, and a whole lot of fun.

Check out all of Spike Lee's movies at SCCLD here.

Spike Lee Films





 
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