Watch one of the films Robert Redford or Spike Lee films using this aw-filmmakers-evaluation-rubric and evaluation guidelines. This evaluation should be turned in by Wednesday, March 1 at noon. You may review a wildcard film from your “Final Project Filmmaker” if you’d prefer.
Things to look for in Spike Lee films:
- Politically provocative subject matter
- Social commentary
- Race relations
- Urban crime and violence
- Shows up as an actor in some of his films
- African American themes and history
- Sports references show up in many of his films (even in non-sports films)
- Frequently will cast Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, John Tuturro, Delroy Lindo, and Michael Imperioli in his films.
- A fan of adaptations
- He and producer/director Monty Rossare frequent collaborators
- Lee will often serve as director, scriptwriter and editor on his films
Spike Lee Film Choices
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Jungle Fever (1991)
Mo Better Blues (1990)
Malcolm X (1992)
He Got Game (1998)
Summer of Sam (1999)
25th Hour (2002)
Inside Man (2006)
Miracle at St. Anna (2008)
Look for the following Robert Redford themes and trademarks:
1. Has worked with Sydney Pollack (director) on numerous films.
2. Films have been known to reflect political and environmental views.
3. Known to be a sex symbol in early roles (and even in some later ones).
4. A fan of true life stories (biographies and based on true story films).
5. Loves to work in adaptations.
6. Sports, con artists, & spies are subjects he covers.
7. Main characters (mostly male leads) turn the films into character driven stories.
8. Lead character often misunderstood, threatened, a loner, challenged for power.
9. As an actor, he plays a versatility of roles & film genres (comedy, drama, action, super hero, western, political, sports, etc).
10. Loves featuring sports in his films.
Robert Redford Film Choices
Pete’s Dragon (2016)
A Walk in the Woods (2015) – Director & Actor
All is Lost (2013) – Actor
The Company You Keep (2012) – Director & Actor
The Conspirator (2010) – Director
Lions for Lambs (2007) – Director & Actor
The Clearing (2004) – Actor
The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) – Director
The Horse Whisperer (1998) – Director & Actor
Quiz Show (1994) – Actor
A River Runs Through It (1992) – Director
Sneakers (1992) -Actor
Out of Africa (1985) – Actor
The Natural (1984) – Actor
Brubaker (1980) – Actor
Ordinary People (1980) – Director
All The President’s Men (1976) – Actor
The Way We Were (1973) – Actor
The Sting (1973) – Actor
Jeremiah Johnson (1972) – Actor
The Candidate (1972) – Actor
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) – Actor
Barefoot in the Park (1967) – Actor