A-Ron’s Film Rewind Presents: The Best Of Spike Lee

Spike Lee is back two years after his Oscar win for “The BlackKklansman”, with his first full length feature directed for Netflix. His film “Da 5 Bloods” is now available to stream on Netflix and it’s one not to be missed. As he has witnessed time after time, over his 40 year career as a filmmaker and screenwriter is that there is no question, Spike Lee is one of cinemas most iconic and greatest filmmakers and screenwriters. These five films proves how masterful he can be. Spike Lee has the ability to write powerfully great monologues, that give Quentin Tarantino a run for his money. His top two films in this list are perfect examples of his masterclass screenwriting. His films are exercises in masterclass filmmaking by a master filmmaker. These are the top 5 essential Spike Lee Joints…..

#5

Crooklyn

Lee’s film is a relaxed portrayal of African-American home life in Brooklyn, anchored by a strong and powerful cast of child and adult performances. Delroy Lindo and Alfre Woodard give extraordinary performances. Crooklyn” is more of the sentimental side of Spike Lee. An autobiographical take of Spike’s childhood growing up. While it’s not as political or anything hard edged like the four other films in this list, it is amongst his most charming. It’s still a brilliant film filled with warmth, love for family and everyday humor. It’s his most underrated film in his vast filmography. 

#4

Do The Right Thing

Spike Lee’s seminal film is smart, vibrant, urgent, provocative, controversial and an artistic achievement. “Do The Right Thing” is one of the most important films of the 80’s. Now 30+ years later, it’s still just as influential, important and a film that is completely relevant in our current times. Lee’s pacing is masterful, and he knows just when to slow things down to give us a glimpse at the lives of these people, and when to crank up the tension another notch. You just can’t ignore the conversations he stirs up. His film remains the most penetrating film ever made about race relations in these United States.

#3

Miracle At St Anna

Like his newest film “Da 5 Bloods”. This one blew me away the first time I saw it. There are so many good moments within the films epically sized 2 hour & 40 minute running time. Spike Lee continues to push boundaries and push himself as a filmmaker. Spike has created a brilliant war movie that encompasses many elements and accomplishes a lot. Lee shows a knack for combat scenes and both the brutality and brotherhood of men. A brilliant homage to the Buffalo Soldiers during World War II, is certainly one of Spike Lee’s most powerful films.

#2

Da 5 Bloods

Spike Lee’s most recent joint, “Da 5 Bloods” is his first foray into directing a full length feature for Netflix. This film absolutely blew me away and I wanted to watch it again immediately after it was done. Spike Lee continues to be on the top of his game like never before, giving us one of the most impactful and thought provoking films of his career. Spike Lee has created 2020’s first true Oscar contender. “Da 5 Bloods” is a heist story, a Vietnam war story, a story of brotherhood, a story of protest and a story of African American soldiers fighting for a country that feared and hated them. Lee weaves a compelling war movie the likes of which few filmmakers would even dare to tell. It’s certainly his biggest “action sequenced” movie and his bloodiest since “Miracle At St. Anna”. The violence here is off the charts that plays out like “The Deer Hunter” meets “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” with Lee’s trademark, social and political commentary. Even mixing in archival images of the 60’s and 70’s, mixing newsreel footage of American and black soldiers fighting in the jungles of Vietnam. Lee shoots the film through the use of three different aspect ratios and a soundtrack backed by Marvin Gaye. Not only is Spike Lee at the top of his game, so is the number of veteran black actors who are leading the film as “Da 5 Bloods”. While they are rarely given their moment to headline a movie, here they are knocking it out of the park. Delroy Lindo who leads the pack has another powerful monologue from Spike Lee and is the films best scene. Lindo is a revelation and deserves the most attention and should be an instant contender for best actor. “Da 5 Bloods” is masterclass filmmaking by a master filmmaker. It is 2020’s best film that is not to be missed. 

#1

25th Hour

A powerful story about how the decisions you make in your life, and who you make them with, can ultimately lead to your downfall. Spike Lee has created a tense, gripping, suspenseful, and highly dramatic movie experience. “25th Hour” is a brilliant study that explicitly catches the grief of New York City in the aftermath of 9/11. It is a stunner, tense, gripping, suspenseful, highly dramatic movie experience and masterful work of art. The monologue from Edward Norton is powerful and proves how great of an actor Edward Norton is and how strongly he command the screen in a two minute scene. It proves Spike Lee is a filmmaker who always delivers and earns his rank as one of the greatest filmmakers ever!

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About Aron Medeiros

Aron Medeiros
Aron Medeiros lives on the beautiful island of Maui. He is a member of The Hawaii Film Critics Society, movie critic for Maui Watch, a commentator and cast member of the NerdWatch pod cast. He is a 2003 graduate from King Kekaulike High School. His favorite film of all time is “Back To The Future”. He has worked at Consolidated Kaahumanu Theaters for nearly 13 years as a Sales Associate and making his way up to Assistant Manager. He has loved movies since he was a young boy, learning about movies from his Grandfather and being self taught.

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