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This is Movie Jail, a unique maximum security prison that houses some of the worst writers, directors, actors and producers from Hollywood and beyond. Their crimes? The offenses vary from convict to convict but most of these inmates have contributed negatively to the film world to some capacity and his or her misdeeds have covered a long enough period of time that the authorities had to intervene. In each column a defendant is put on trial, arguments are made, and then it is up to YOU, the jury, to decide if the person is guilty or not guilty of crimes against cinema. Their lives are in your hands, dude.

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The Case

The Prosecution: Oldboy, Red Hook Summer, Miracle at St. Anna, She Hate Me, Summer of Sam, Girl 6

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, many consider Spike Lee to be one of the greatest directors of all time, however the prosecution feels Mr. Lee has helmed more than a few stinkers, and should definitely be considered for Movie Jail.

When Mr. Lee is good, he is very good. Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing, and He Got Game are fantastic films, but Girl 6 and Red Hook Summer? Not so much. It's true Mr. Lee has directed more hits than misses, but for the past decade, most of his feature films have been forgettable or just terrible. The prosecution believes we should expect more from Mr. Lee because of his older films, and he shouldn't get a free pass because he has directed a few classics.

Some think Mr. Lee is overrated, and it's probably because he's directed films like Miracle at St. Anna and Oldboy, movies that have bombed at the box office and with critics. The defense will likely argue we didn't actually get to see Mr. Lee's cut of Oldboy, but the prosecution doubts it would have been any better than the one that was shown in theaters, or as good as the original film.

Mr. Lee has also directed a bunch of documentaries as of late, and although most have been great, the prosecution feels he's treading water with those projects. Does this mean the prosecution doesn't think he should work on documentaries? Of course not, but he's more known for his feature films, and they will be what define his career, not his documentaries.

It would be easy to use some of the controversial comments Mr. Lee has made during his career against him in this trial, but the prosecution's problem with Mr. Lee isn't him running his mouth. Our issue is his most recent films just aren't as good or as important as his older ones, and we don't think Mr. Lee will return to form unless he spends a few months in Movie Jail.

The Defense: Inside Man, 25th Hour, Bamboozled, He Got Game, Get on the Bus, Clockers, Crooklyn, Malcolm X, Jungle Fever, Mo' Better Blues, Do the Right Thing, School Daze, She's Gotta Have It, Documentaries (When The Levees Broke, If God is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise, etc.)

Ladies and gentlemen, my client shouldn't get a free pass, but considering how many great films he has directed, Mr. Lee being up for Movie Jail is a little ridiculous.

Even if you don't count his classics like He Got Game, Mr. Lee still has a very solid filmography, and the good definitely outweigh the bad. Inside Man and 25th Hour are both excellent films, and the defense is also a big fan of Summer of Sam, even if most critics didn't care for the movie. Is Mr. Lee's Oldboy just as good as the Park Chan-wook's? No, but the defense still thought it was a decent movie. Also, could you imagine Bamboozled being directed by anyone else but Mr. Lee? The defense doesn't think another director could have pulled off, and is proof that my client has an enormous amount of talent.

Mr. Lee has directed a ton of documentaries, but he's certainly not treading water like the prosecution claims. If Martin Scorsese can direct feature films and documentaries, why can't my client? It's not as if Mr. Lee's documentaries have been terrible either. When the Levees Broke and If God is Willing and da Creek Don't Rise are both powerful films, and although it's not technically a documentary, his The Original Kings of Comedy is hilarious.

My client is still a big name in the film world, and the defense is always excited when a new project from Mr. Lee is announced. Maybe some of his recent films haven't been as good as his older ones, but bad enough to be sent to Movie Jail? That's crazy talk.

IN CLOSING...

Should Mr. Lee be tossed in prison for his recent weak feature films, or do you think he makes up for it with his documentaries? Has the director lost his game, or is he just been spending too much time watching the Knicks not win? Is Spike Lee GUILTY or NOT GUILTY?

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*The cases for and against a defendant going to Movie Jail by the author are not necessarily his views and opinions but they are some of the beliefs that one would use to effectively make an argument for both sides. Not quite a devil's advocate but you get the point. Anyways, this is all in fun so don't take it too seriously. We have a separate jail for those people called "Troll Tower" and believe me you do NOT want to go there.

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LAST WEEK'S VERDICT

It's no surprise the jury has found David Spade GUILTY of all charges in last week's trial, but at least the little bastard is behind bars now. Sticking him in a prison cell with Adam Sandler is too obvious, so he's going to bunk (but not top bunk!) with Eddie Murphy. Our hope is, 1. Spade will annoy the shit out of Murphy, and 2. we'll be able to see Axel Foley bitch slap Joe Dirt.

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9:26PM on 05/13/2014

Not guilty

Do The Right Thing will forever be my all time classic from him, and off course 25th Hour is up there with it. I haven't yet seen Oldboy but I'm sure if there was anything wrong with it, it wasn't entirely his fault.

Oh and Girl 6 is my favourite guilty pleasure and Clockers is an underrated gem.

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Do The Right Thing will forever be my all time classic from him, and off course 25th Hour is up there with it. I haven't yet seen Oldboy but I'm sure if there was anything wrong with it, it wasn't entirely his fault.

Oh and Girl 6 is my favourite guilty pleasure and Clockers is an underrated gem.

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4:39PM on 05/13/2014

Guilty

Even Do the Right Thing, his very best film, has not aged well.
Even Do the Right Thing, his very best film, has not aged well.
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8:27AM on 05/13/2014
Pure guilty in bipedal form.
Pure guilty in bipedal form.
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3:46AM on 05/13/2014

Guilty

While I respect him as a filmmaker...
1) He's an a**hole
2) He can't make a hit movie without Denzel, and
3) Nobody disses Dick Ritchie!
While I respect him as a filmmaker...
1) He's an a**hole
2) He can't make a hit movie without Denzel, and
3) Nobody disses Dick Ritchie!
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6:58PM on 05/12/2014

Guilty

I can understand an up and coming director who needs to make a name for himself deciding to direct an American Oldboy, but Spike should have known better. The fact that it bombed and was seen as average at best for the few who did watch it makes me dislike his choice even more. He's made some great films, but not enough to save him from a Guilty verdict.
I can understand an up and coming director who needs to make a name for himself deciding to direct an American Oldboy, but Spike should have known better. The fact that it bombed and was seen as average at best for the few who did watch it makes me dislike his choice even more. He's made some great films, but not enough to save him from a Guilty verdict.
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5:15PM on 05/12/2014

Guilty

Screw movie jail. Put this racist asshole in real jail.
Screw movie jail. Put this racist asshole in real jail.
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2:08PM on 05/12/2014

Guilty

Hate this fucker , and hate his movies.
Hate this fucker , and hate his movies.
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11:37PM on 05/12/2014
That's what I say about Question Tarantino!
That's what I say about Question Tarantino!
4:36AM on 05/14/2014
'Question'?? :-/
'Question'?? :-/
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2:05PM on 05/12/2014
Not Guilty.

Spike Lee might come off as a self-important ass in person, but putting that aside, he has obvious talent. The Oldboy remake wasn't a complete dud, in fact, it was great fun in spots, and even though he was a director for hire, Spike did his job well. I personally love Summer of Sam and find it an underrated masterpiece, and most of his other films I've seen were also damn good.
Not Guilty.

Spike Lee might come off as a self-important ass in person, but putting that aside, he has obvious talent. The Oldboy remake wasn't a complete dud, in fact, it was great fun in spots, and even though he was a director for hire, Spike did his job well. I personally love Summer of Sam and find it an underrated masterpiece, and most of his other films I've seen were also damn good.
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2:05PM on 05/12/2014

Not Guilty

Inside Man, Malcolm X, The 25th Hour....all amazing films.

Indeed, his bad films (or films that could have been great) outweigh the amount of good films that he put out. However, I think he needs to take some risks (kinda like what he was doing with Oldboy) and work with some writers that can deliver some solid projects. We already know that Lee is an amazing visual director, but his writing kinda sucks.

I say put him on probation and have him come back to movie jail in the future after
Inside Man, Malcolm X, The 25th Hour....all amazing films.

Indeed, his bad films (or films that could have been great) outweigh the amount of good films that he put out. However, I think he needs to take some risks (kinda like what he was doing with Oldboy) and work with some writers that can deliver some solid projects. We already know that Lee is an amazing visual director, but his writing kinda sucks.

I say put him on probation and have him come back to movie jail in the future after one or two more projects to see if he is truly - in the words of the Kryptonian judges - 'Guilty!'
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10:40PM on 05/12/2014
Malcom X was three hour snooze fest. Warner bros gave him 30 million dollars, and he considered them white devils. He was able to complete the film after rallying black celebrities like Bill Cosby, Michael jordan and Oprah to invest in the movie. I don't remember how much they were able to round up, but I think I remember hearing it was less than $250k, and he praised them. Just a whiny douche bag who played the race card way before it was popular.
Malcom X was three hour snooze fest. Warner bros gave him 30 million dollars, and he considered them white devils. He was able to complete the film after rallying black celebrities like Bill Cosby, Michael jordan and Oprah to invest in the movie. I don't remember how much they were able to round up, but I think I remember hearing it was less than $250k, and he praised them. Just a whiny douche bag who played the race card way before it was popular.
11:34PM on 05/12/2014
Thunderlps, it looks like you are playing the race card since you obviously hate the fact that Spike Lee went to black celebrities to get an important film done about a black civil rights leader that inspired many African Americans like myself.
Thunderlps, it looks like you are playing the race card since you obviously hate the fact that Spike Lee went to black celebrities to get an important film done about a black civil rights leader that inspired many African Americans like myself.
7:57AM on 05/23/2014
Joel, are you retarded? Warner Brother's the so called "white devils" gave him 33 million. Black celebrities ponied up less than 1% of that. yet they are the ones Spike Lee praised. Get you head out of your ass.
Joel, are you retarded? Warner Brother's the so called "white devils" gave him 33 million. Black celebrities ponied up less than 1% of that. yet they are the ones Spike Lee praised. Get you head out of your ass.
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1:54PM on 05/12/2014
Guilty. I haven't seen too many of his older films, but his career has always come across as a bit mediocre. While many of the films he's made have been edgy and spoken out about issues, he is too self-important. He thinks too highly of himself and the messages he thinks he's getting across. If it was based on his career alone, I'd give him a pass for what talent he has. But combine his career with his ego and mouth, and he's guilty.
Guilty. I haven't seen too many of his older films, but his career has always come across as a bit mediocre. While many of the films he's made have been edgy and spoken out about issues, he is too self-important. He thinks too highly of himself and the messages he thinks he's getting across. If it was based on his career alone, I'd give him a pass for what talent he has. But combine his career with his ego and mouth, and he's guilty.
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1:39PM on 05/12/2014
Guilty
Guilty
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1:14PM on 05/12/2014

Not Guilty

Sorry for the double post.
Sorry for the double post.
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1:13PM on 05/12/2014

Not Guilty

Especially not when he's following someone like David Spade.

Red Hook Summer was not bad at all. It had some of the best shots I've seen in a long time. And to see a certain cameo was pretty deep. I thought it was a return to form for Mr. Lee and a nice entry to his Brooklyn anthology. Summer Of Sam was not bad either. It was definitely no Zodiac but I remember feeling that same tension I felt watching that movie.
Especially not when he's following someone like David Spade.

Red Hook Summer was not bad at all. It had some of the best shots I've seen in a long time. And to see a certain cameo was pretty deep. I thought it was a return to form for Mr. Lee and a nice entry to his Brooklyn anthology. Summer Of Sam was not bad either. It was definitely no Zodiac but I remember feeling that same tension I felt watching that movie.
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12:59PM on 05/12/2014

Guilty

For reasons being, the last 10 years of his career have been uninspired and underwhelming. He destroyed the Korean classic, Oldboy. While he executed it's ending, the majority of the film was terrible.
For reasons being, the last 10 years of his career have been uninspired and underwhelming. He destroyed the Korean classic, Oldboy. While he executed it's ending, the majority of the film was terrible.
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12:49PM on 05/12/2014

Guilty as fuck

He creates some of the worst hate mongering trash imagineable, and white people (who want to appear unracist) praise him for it.
I'm sick of his shit.
He creates some of the worst hate mongering trash imagineable, and white people (who want to appear unracist) praise him for it.
I'm sick of his shit.
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11:39PM on 05/12/2014
So you're saying people like you are racist because you automatically hate Lee's films because they talk about black history?
So you're saying people like you are racist because you automatically hate Lee's films because they talk about black history?
9:23AM on 05/13/2014
Black history? I can give that title up begrudgingly for films like Malcolm X, but his portrayal of white people was so over the top in Do The Right Thing that I can never forgive him. As another poster said it's fairly obvious to me atleast that he wants black people to go back to being dated stereotypes.
It's partially thanks to people like him that huge double standards exist in race today in America. Racism for 99% of white people is a behind closed doors thing. I wish I could say the
Black history? I can give that title up begrudgingly for films like Malcolm X, but his portrayal of white people was so over the top in Do The Right Thing that I can never forgive him. As another poster said it's fairly obvious to me atleast that he wants black people to go back to being dated stereotypes.
It's partially thanks to people like him that huge double standards exist in race today in America. Racism for 99% of white people is a behind closed doors thing. I wish I could say the same thing about black people.

*facepalm*
12:22PM on 05/12/2014

Guilty

While he has the ability to make some great intense works, for the last decade (roughly) he's been playing it too safe, and that's why things like "Red Hook Summer" fail; it has no passionate views running through it's vein. "School Daze" may be too long, and have flaws, but it was daring, in it's own way, and that's when Mr. Lee shines. Playing it safe makes his movies boring because he's not enough of a visual stylist to overcome that.

He's definitely still has it in him, but a light
While he has the ability to make some great intense works, for the last decade (roughly) he's been playing it too safe, and that's why things like "Red Hook Summer" fail; it has no passionate views running through it's vein. "School Daze" may be too long, and have flaws, but it was daring, in it's own way, and that's when Mr. Lee shines. Playing it safe makes his movies boring because he's not enough of a visual stylist to overcome that.

He's definitely still has it in him, but a light sentence to give him time to figure where to go next is just the thing he needs.
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11:54AM on 05/12/2014

Not Guilty at all

Super biased on this one. To me, Lee is a movie god and his work continues to be excellent (Red Hook) - or at the VERY least a change of pace from the norm. His motto (at least one of them) is "You do you", and no one exemplifies that better than the man himself, like him or not.
Super biased on this one. To me, Lee is a movie god and his work continues to be excellent (Red Hook) - or at the VERY least a change of pace from the norm. His motto (at least one of them) is "You do you", and no one exemplifies that better than the man himself, like him or not.
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11:20AM on 05/12/2014

I thought there would be a LOT more hate...

... for OLDBOY because I read that its biggest problem was being "too safe", which is: A) The opposite of the extremely violent original version. B) Not Spike's style at all. Anyway, I'll pass on this one because the only movie of his I've seen is DO THE RIGHT THING. I liked it (despite his bad performance in it). Like most of you, I don't like him as a person (he seems to be trying to make black people go back to being dated stereotypes), but he can't go to Movie Jail for that.
... for OLDBOY because I read that its biggest problem was being "too safe", which is: A) The opposite of the extremely violent original version. B) Not Spike's style at all. Anyway, I'll pass on this one because the only movie of his I've seen is DO THE RIGHT THING. I liked it (despite his bad performance in it). Like most of you, I don't like him as a person (he seems to be trying to make black people go back to being dated stereotypes), but he can't go to Movie Jail for that.
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11:12AM on 05/12/2014
He's talented, but he thinks he's way more talented than he actually is. Probation.
He's talented, but he thinks he's way more talented than he actually is. Probation.
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11:09AM on 05/12/2014

Not Guilty

I'm really having a hard time understanding the logic here. I think it's hypocritical to throw Lee in the movie slammer when John Singleton made 2 Fast 2 Furious and we gave him a pass, especially when Lee's overall career is much better than Singleton's. Sure Lee has had a line of stinkers lately but his early career is simply too strong for conviction here. I do not always agree with his comments off-screen but much like his films they do get people thinking and talking. I think that is the
I'm really having a hard time understanding the logic here. I think it's hypocritical to throw Lee in the movie slammer when John Singleton made 2 Fast 2 Furious and we gave him a pass, especially when Lee's overall career is much better than Singleton's. Sure Lee has had a line of stinkers lately but his early career is simply too strong for conviction here. I do not always agree with his comments off-screen but much like his films they do get people thinking and talking. I think that is the mark of a true artist. He may be a prick but he is certainly one of those responsible for the way we look at modern film.
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1:01PM on 05/12/2014
So if someone is a saint all of their lives, and then commits murder, do they not get punished? Spike has had a good career, but he needs to be punished for this recent films.
So if someone is a saint all of their lives, and then commits murder, do they not get punished? Spike has had a good career, but he needs to be punished for this recent films.
11:09AM on 05/12/2014

GUILTY BASED ON HIS FILM CAREER ALONE!!!

I liked "DTRT" until the ending which gave a very confusing and borderline anti-white propaganda message. Lee is also an @$$. 1: Suing QT for use of nigger, Sam Jackson uses it in all of QTs films yet Lee has no issue with hiring Jackson for all of his films and surprise having him use nigger also. Cant have it both ways you racist. 2: Suing the channel Spike for calling themselves Spike. Speaks for its self. 3: Posting a sweet old couples address on Twitter in the hopes that the black
I liked "DTRT" until the ending which gave a very confusing and borderline anti-white propaganda message. Lee is also an @$$. 1: Suing QT for use of nigger, Sam Jackson uses it in all of QTs films yet Lee has no issue with hiring Jackson for all of his films and surprise having him use nigger also. Cant have it both ways you racist. 2: Suing the channel Spike for calling themselves Spike. Speaks for its self. 3: Posting a sweet old couples address on Twitter in the hopes that the black community would come and...what Spike...Burn their house down, commit drive by shootings? 4: Stealing the Old Boy poster art from an up and coming aspiring artist!
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10:58AM on 05/12/2014

Not Guilty

He may be a doosh, but If you base the films on their own... NOT GUILTY
He may be a doosh, but If you base the films on their own... NOT GUILTY
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10:27AM on 05/12/2014

Guilty

Lee has made some exceptional films, but even his filmography at his peak (late 80's and 90's) was spotty. Do the Right Thing is a masterpiece, Malcolm X is great, Crooklyn and Mo Better Blues are enjoyable rides although not amazing, but has anyone ever seen Drop Squad? How about Bamboozled?

He had some of his strongest work in the early 2000's, I personally think 25th Hour is his second best and besides the inherent controversiality of the source material I really don't get why so many
Lee has made some exceptional films, but even his filmography at his peak (late 80's and 90's) was spotty. Do the Right Thing is a masterpiece, Malcolm X is great, Crooklyn and Mo Better Blues are enjoyable rides although not amazing, but has anyone ever seen Drop Squad? How about Bamboozled?

He had some of his strongest work in the early 2000's, I personally think 25th Hour is his second best and besides the inherent controversiality of the source material I really don't get why so many critics didn't take to Summer of Sam (although some certainly did). Inside Man is one of my favorites of his but objectively I think it's a pretty straightforward thriller that any number of directors could have done and I honestly don't think it's a stretch at all to say he hasn't made a good movie since then. Miracle at St. Anna was downright painful to watch, Red Hook Summer was a self-indulgant mess and Oldboy was the epitome of an unnecessary American remake that added nothing new to my experience with that story.
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9:43AM on 05/12/2014

Guilty as fuck !

My opinion may be biased because I've hated Spike Lee ever since Do the right thing. I honestly don't know how he keeps getting opportunities to make shitty films. I halfway enjoyed Summer of Sam, and Inside Man, but just about everything else he's made is a steaming pile of shit. He is completely racist, and every ethnicity in his movies are represented by a character who is the extreme version of a stereotype. Like Woody Allen, he is a director I may just not understand, but from an
My opinion may be biased because I've hated Spike Lee ever since Do the right thing. I honestly don't know how he keeps getting opportunities to make shitty films. I halfway enjoyed Summer of Sam, and Inside Man, but just about everything else he's made is a steaming pile of shit. He is completely racist, and every ethnicity in his movies are represented by a character who is the extreme version of a stereotype. Like Woody Allen, he is a director I may just not understand, but from an entertainment standpoint, his movies are the drizzling shits.
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9:35AM on 05/12/2014
GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY
GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY
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9:32AM on 05/12/2014

Not Guilty

I really enjoy He Got Game, Inside Man, Summer of Sam, and my most favorite of his, 25th Hour which is one of my favorite films of all time and has my favorite movie scene ever (the 'fuck you' rant).
I really enjoy He Got Game, Inside Man, Summer of Sam, and my most favorite of his, 25th Hour which is one of my favorite films of all time and has my favorite movie scene ever (the 'fuck you' rant).
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9:28AM on 05/12/2014

Not guilty

Since we let John Singleton and Chris Columbus off the hook, this should really be a no-brainer.
Since we let John Singleton and Chris Columbus off the hook, this should really be a no-brainer.
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9:20AM on 05/12/2014

GUILTY!

Just for the fact that he calls all his movies " a spike lee joint"…cuz pot acronyms make everything cooler.
Just for the fact that he calls all his movies " a spike lee joint"…cuz pot acronyms make everything cooler.
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8:44AM on 05/12/2014

Guilty!

Besides the fact he's a racist, his movies are shit.

Guilty!
Besides the fact he's a racist, his movies are shit.

Guilty!
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4:51AM on 05/14/2014
Like Lars Von Trier?
Like Lars Von Trier?
8:41AM on 05/12/2014

Guilty. Such a piece of shit, and hasn't made anything worthwhile in too long.

Damages must be paid to the poor kid he ripped his Oldboy poster concepts from. WHICH is really the most egregious crime he committed.
Damages must be paid to the poor kid he ripped his Oldboy poster concepts from. WHICH is really the most egregious crime he committed.
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8:27AM on 05/12/2014

Not Guilty

" 25th Hour " is one of the greatest and more underrated movies of the 2000's.
" 25th Hour " is one of the greatest and more underrated movies of the 2000's.
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8:27AM on 05/12/2014

Keep your F^$%& mouth Shut Spike LEe

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8:25AM on 05/12/2014

The man is a grade A gobshite

But he has made many decent movies. Not guilty.
But he has made many decent movies. Not guilty.
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8:08AM on 05/12/2014

Not guilty.

So the man hasn't made great movies of late. And he's got a big mouth (always has). And he's just generally a controversial guy. But if you look back, few directors have had as effective a run of films (even his not-great movies, like Crooklyn, are good movies). He's also a damn good documentarian.

Besides, Do the Right Thing is one of the great movies of the last thirty years. That alone is a great defense. It's Lee's persona that annoys people, and that is a moot point in Movie Jail.
So the man hasn't made great movies of late. And he's got a big mouth (always has). And he's just generally a controversial guy. But if you look back, few directors have had as effective a run of films (even his not-great movies, like Crooklyn, are good movies). He's also a damn good documentarian.

Besides, Do the Right Thing is one of the great movies of the last thirty years. That alone is a great defense. It's Lee's persona that annoys people, and that is a moot point in Movie Jail.
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8:03AM on 05/12/2014

As a person...Guilty. As a director...Not Guilty.

I'm not the biggest fan of his movies except for INSIDE MAN and 25TH HOUR.
I'm not the biggest fan of his movies except for INSIDE MAN and 25TH HOUR.
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7:41AM on 05/12/2014
Guilty! His mouth has been writing checks his talent (?) can't cash. And that's sad because I really enjoyed the 25th Hour!
Guilty! His mouth has been writing checks his talent (?) can't cash. And that's sad because I really enjoyed the 25th Hour!
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7:17AM on 05/12/2014
Somebody really really needs to (re)watch Summer of Sam.

Not guilty, the hatred the man receives constantly on this site alone is proof that he's doing something that gets people talking. Granted, he's made about as much turkeys as classics, but the same can be said of the likes of Coppola, De Palma and Stone.
Lastly, nothing but his work should be taken into account, no matter how big a douchebag he may be.
Somebody really really needs to (re)watch Summer of Sam.

Not guilty, the hatred the man receives constantly on this site alone is proof that he's doing something that gets people talking. Granted, he's made about as much turkeys as classics, but the same can be said of the likes of Coppola, De Palma and Stone.
Lastly, nothing but his work should be taken into account, no matter how big a douchebag he may be.
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7:17AM on 05/12/2014

Not guilty

I have a hard time letting him off the hook after he posted to Twitter the address of that sweet, old couple who happened to have the last name Zimmerman (but shared no relation to George) after the Treyvon Martin situation. They were horribly harrassed and threatened, and the best they got was a follow up apology on Twitter. He's an ass. But if we judge solely on movies, I have to say not guilty.
I have a hard time letting him off the hook after he posted to Twitter the address of that sweet, old couple who happened to have the last name Zimmerman (but shared no relation to George) after the Treyvon Martin situation. They were horribly harrassed and threatened, and the best they got was a follow up apology on Twitter. He's an ass. But if we judge solely on movies, I have to say not guilty.
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6:59AM on 05/12/2014
Not guilty. His movies as of late may not be as groundbreaking or provocative as Do The Right Thing, Jungle Fever or Malcolm X. His last few movies, say Miracle At St. Anna or Old Boy aren't bad. They're average, at least. I think his last good movie is Inside Man. But he's not guilty.
Not guilty. His movies as of late may not be as groundbreaking or provocative as Do The Right Thing, Jungle Fever or Malcolm X. His last few movies, say Miracle At St. Anna or Old Boy aren't bad. They're average, at least. I think his last good movie is Inside Man. But he's not guilty.
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6:59AM on 05/12/2014
I don't think I've ever seen a pic of him with is mouth open. Weird comment I know but its true.

And not guilty.
I don't think I've ever seen a pic of him with is mouth open. Weird comment I know but its true.

And not guilty.
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7:00AM on 05/12/2014
You know, come to think of it, I think you're right. I don't think I ever see him smile.
You know, come to think of it, I think you're right. I don't think I ever see him smile.
7:29AM on 05/12/2014
I get where you guys are coming from, but... hey, what do you know? Open-mouth smile:

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I get where you guys are coming from, but... hey, what do you know? Open-mouth smile:

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7:41AM on 05/12/2014
Haha, right on, man. This is my first time seeing him smile.
Haha, right on, man. This is my first time seeing him smile.
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