Creator: Spike Lee

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 "Magical Negro" trope. Oh, and he's a Sitcom Arch-Nemesis with Quentin Tarantino, due to the latter claiming N-Word Privileges for his movies.

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