Constructor: Joel Fagliano
Relative Difficulty: Medium
Word of the Day: SPIKE LEE
Shelton Jackson "Spike" Lee (born March 20, 1957) is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor. His production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, has produced over 35 films since 1983.
He made his directorial debut with She's Gotta Have It (1983), and has since directed such films as Do the Right Thing (1989),Malcolm X (1992), The Original Kings of Comedy (2000), 25th Hour (2002), Inside Man (2006), and most recently Chi-Raq(2015). Lee has acted in ten of his own films.
Lee's movies have examined race relations, colorism in the black community, the role of media in contemporary life, urban crime and poverty, and other political issues. Lee has received twoAcademy Award nominations, a Student Academy Award and anAcademy Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and won numerous other awards, including an Emmy Award and the 2013 Gish Prize.[4 (Wikipedia)
Getting edgy with our topical references here, I see. I thought the SPIKE LEE reference was in poor taste initially, but I guess it's fine [7A/5D: Director who plans to boycott the 2016 Oscars]. If anything it will hopefully be an overly topical clue that will seem irrelevant to anyone viewing it a few years from now. That would be nice. It's not like the clue is saying he's wrong for doing that (which be good, because that statement would be unhelpful at best). But it would be nice if, as long as we're going there, the clue bothered to mention why he's boycotting the event, and better yet how he totally has a point, at least to anyone with half an ounce of perception about the current state of diversity in Hollywood etc. etc.
"Conan" is a great movie; glad to see it getting some air time on TBS [4D: "Conan" channel]. No lamentations from me on that front. What's that you SAY [8A: Put into words]? Wrong Conan? Sure, I'll admit the first movie was better than the sequel, but they're both quality fantasy films. Or is it referring to that other, LANKY-er Conan [3D: Like Abe Lincoln, in physique]? I guess he's ok too.
Now I'm picturing some freakin' sweet Abraham Lincoln/Conan the Barbarian slash fiction. That Spielberg biopic from a few years ago would have been so much better with a few key additions...
I like the subtle antonym juxtaposition of COOPS [1D: Homes for hens] and ATRIA [2D: Heart chambers]. Don't know if that was intentional, but it was a TOTAL treat when I noticed that [4A: Damage beyond repair, as a car].
Signed, Jonathan Gibson, [bottomless pitt + khakis] of CrossWorld