SPIIIIIIIKE

Remember my rules regarding ranking directorial retrospectives?

And remember how I marathoned — “binged” feels like an understatement, given his prolificacy — Spike Lee’s oeuvre over the summer, which

generated

a

bevy

of

thoughts?

Like,

a

lot.

These combo-remembrances could’ve led those whose memories serve them well to ponder: where the fuck is Write All Nite’s Spike Lee retrospective ranking??

Well, the answer is finally here: here they are!

The reason for the holdout: I crossed every ligament — nay, fiber — NAY, atom of my body in the hopes that just one theater in the tri-state area would play his latest, Da 5 Bloods.

Since NYC’s IFC Center just did just that, it’s finally time.

I watched it all, besides Spike’s shorts, his recordings of live theater, and his TV series (feature-length pilots count if they were never picked up for full season orders, as do his miniseries, as do his documentaries technically made for the tube of boobs). 

Before we get to it, a housekeeping note: all such retrospective rankings will now live — and be spasmodically updated upon further reflecting and rewatching — on my Letterboxd.

  1. Do the Right Thing
  2. Malcolm X
  3. Bamboozled
  4. When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts
  5. He Got Game
  6. Kobe Doin’ Work
  7. Chi-Raq
  8. Bad 25
  9. Crooklyn 
  10. She Hate Me
  11. Girl 6
  12. BlacKkKlansman
  13. Summer of Sam
  14. Mo’ Better Blues
  15. School Daze
  16. 25th Hour
  17. Da 5 Bloods
  18. Da Sweet Blood of Jesus
  19. Jungle Fever
  20. Clockers 
  21. Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall
  22. Oldboy
  23. Jim Brown: All American
  24. Inside Man
  25. If God Is Willing and da Creek Don’t Rise
  26. 4 Little Girls
  27. Miracle at St. Anna
  28. She’s Gotta Have It
  29. Sucker Free City
  30. Get on the Bus
  31. Red Hook Summer

Next up to be given the retrospective ranking treatment: Kelly Reichardt … after IFC, Spike bless them, screens her 2020 First Cow.

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