Re: A Great Movie!
posted at 1/4/2013 2:08 PM EST
In response to MattyScornD's comment:
In response to yogafriend's comment:
Regardless of the fact that Spike Lee hates Tarantino (all you have to do is count 10 backwards after a release, and you'll hear Spike Lee trashing), and I don't care how long a list of films and film achievements he has, for whatever reason, the expression, "A legend in his own mind" and the name Spike Lee go hand in hand, IMHO.
I have to disagree, yoga.
On social/cultural matters, yes, Spike has a (spiky?) tendency to pre-ordain...a flaw that probably, regretfully turns many off from his films. But I don't think his own estimation of himself as a filmmaker is any more grandly deluded than Tarantino's or any other "auteur". To me, most indications are of a mild professional rivalry and nothing more (and maybe a bit of an east coast-west coast thing).
Despite that, it's partly on those matters in which his influence has been most relevant and much for the better.
But again, it's hard to compare such disputing notions of romanticism vs. realism....it's a bit like comparing Downton Abbey to a Frontline expose.
Okay, I'll certainly buy that Spike Lee's self-aggrandizing tendencies are no worse or greater than (m)any others in a profession that's loaded with people of the same ilk. And of course, Tarantino is positively giddy with self-love (you're right), but that's the thing -- he also has a sense of humor, and you know, maybe Spike Lee needs to get one. Perhaps he has one, and I don't get it, and if that's the case, then my bad. Spike Lee's place in film-making history is secure, regardless.
And it is another case of apples mixed in with oranges, true. But we, as consumers, get our impressions from *somewhere*, and after a time, they are very difficult to change. At least I have something to think about now, Matty. If Spike Lee wants to be seen as a more magnanimous professional, however, then he has to "be the change", then bring it to the rest of us. Ideally.
As for Downton Abbey ... meh. If it weren't for Maggie Smith, I wouldn't even bother. I've been riveted to "Frontline", on the other hand, many times. :)