Re: A Great Movie!
posted at 1/9/2013 10:41 AM EST
In response to MattyScornD's comment:
Again, don't get me wrong. I'm a fan of both and of movies in general. I think your music analogy goes a long way toward explaining the differences. And yes, brevity and goofiness is almost always more endearing than didacticism.
My PBS metaphor is glib enough without pointing out Tarantino's video store geek vs. Lee's serious film school backgrounds to show how different they are.
And yet, I would just again mention Spike's excellent documentaries, esp. Four Little Girls, When The Levees Broke and its follow-up God Willin' And The Creek Don't Rise. Despite himself, he invokes real drama from real situations.
Could Tarantino pull off such heavy film verite so successfully? Perhaps, but I doubt he's even interested. Maybe he just knows his limitations. And that's as fine with me as Spike's attempts to broaden his range.
And ironically or not, Spike Lee's next film is a remake of the violent Korean revenge fantasy Oldboy. Who knows? Maybe Q will do a cameo. ;)
BTW, I thought your above summary (not really a defense) of Spike Lee's meritorious work was well taken. Criticism isn't your issue, not at all, and I know that. The ability to at least acknowledge if there's a level playing field (or not) in a critical comparison, is a valid, if not somewhat sane, starting point; moreover, it's valid to state personal preferences, (it "just is" ...) but it doesn't have to be at the expense of putting another artist down, or pitting two against one another, even if they both have that "popular" thing going on. That still doesn't mean they belong in the same paragraph, let alone the same sentence, so to speak.
And I do like the comparison between the two, re: aspirations and goals, skills and desires applied to their craft; vastly different. Put into context, it's far easier to understand Spike Lee's boycott of this film, and to see it as "Spike being Spike" and leave it at that. Even though I have never seen the original, Korean "Oldboy" (and I've read about the prospect that many viewers who will see Spike Lee's upcoming version will not have seen the original either), but you know, after this exchange, I will be much more open to the prospect of checking it out.