Spike Lee

I first learned about Spike Lee from his starring role as Mars Blackmon in Michael Jordan's Nike commercials of the late 1980s.  The shoe company used the character Lee created for his very first feature film, She's Gotta Have It , which he shot in two weeks and spent less than $200,000 to complete.  Then, when Lee made the incredibly controversial Do the Right Thing in 1989, I and the rest of the country knew he'd arrived.  Since then, he's directed more entertaining and controversial films about race and class relations in America -- movies like Jungle Fever, Malcolm X, Clockers, He Got Game, Bamboozled, 25th Hour and Inside Man.  Spike Lee's latest "joint" also has the issue of race at the forefront.  Miracle at St. Anna is a World War Two drama about four "Buffalo Soldiers" trapped behind enemy lines in Tuscany.  The movie stars relatively little-known actors but tells a powerful and spiritual story.  It's based on the novel by James McBride, who also wrote the screenplay.  Miracle at St. Anna opens this weekend across the country.

Click here to see the film's trailer.