African-American film maker: very opinionated, very polarizing, and very influential.
Throughout the 90s, he made at least one film (or "joint" as it's called) a yearnote
. This didn't carry through into the 00s, however. 25th Hour
is often cited as one of his best films, but his next film, She Hate Me
, is considered one of his worst. Inside Man
(2006), was his biggest hit to date. Also in 2006,he made the acclaimed documentary When the Levees Broke
. Despite this, he still had trouble getting two projects off the ground: a James Brown biopic and a film about the L.A. riots.
His 2008 WWII tale Miracle at St. Anna
was a commercial failure and received mixed reviews from the critics.
Most recently he was chosen to direct an English-language remake of the South Korean thriller Oldboy
and started work on a follow-up to Inside Man
He frequently acted in his earlier films. He played the lead role of Mookie in Do the Right Thing
and major supporting roles in Malcolm X
, Girl 6
, and Mo' Better Blues
. One character he played, Mars Blackmon from She's Gotta Have It
, also appeared in ads for Nike.Famously attributed with coining the name for the
Oh, and he's a Sitcom Arch-Nemesis
with Quentin Tarantino
, due to the latter claiming N-Word Privileges
for his movies.