A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
Do the Right Thing
It's the hottest day of the summer. You can do nothing, you can do something, or you can...
On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.
Do the Right Thing is an exploding fire-hydrant of colliding extremes and blazing hatred, shrunk down into a tension-fueled environment overflowing with humanity, humor, danger, sadness, pain and violence. Spike Lee's masterwork doesn't just break down the foundations of 'right' and 'wrong'; it also comments on the despair and agony behind those established protocols. Do the Right Thing is important, commanding, vibrant, and necessary. There's no other way to describe it.
Also, apparently my younger self didn't understand cinema, because about five years ago, I shrugged this off as MERELY excellent. Do the Right Thing isn't just excellent, It's life-changing and profoundly influential.
An all-time favorite.
Director: Spike Lee (First Film)
Do the Right Thing feels entirely like a rough sketch of thoughts. Thoughts of anger, and compassion and understanding, of confusion and thoughts of course, of love and hate. It's as if Spike Lee had a vision and it was perfectly set out in his head, and he put it into film exactly as his thoughts dictated.
As the quotes from Martin Luthor King jr and then Malcolm X neatly placed in the end credits, there is a lot of contradicting points within the film, and thus there is no clear indication to what Spike Lee wants us to feel, to think and in doing so, this outright fairly portrayed reality entirely means…
Shit man, it’s way too hot to do all that shit… It’s literally a hundred degrees out there in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn and people’s hate begins to boil and boil and boil, building up to an ultimate crescendo of inevitable violence with a lot of racial angles involved. Although there are certainly many strong opinions involved, I wasn’t sure which one director Spike Lee wanted us to align with, if any at all, but that doesn’t prevent Do the Right Thing from making an impact. His writing slash screenplay may deserve even greater praise than his direction for the script truly makes every character jump out; from the loveable Da Mayor to the trouble-seeking Buggin' Out, from the…
Racism is a tough subject, it's hard to talk about it without making the usual mistakes—yet, Spike Lee achieves perfection because he approaches his themes in a surprising and much more powerful way. Generally, when we talk about racism, we associate it to the way the black communities are seen and treated by other communities around the world, but there was a sort of self-awareness in Do the Right Thing that allowed Spike Lee to create one of the most significant and relevant films in the history of cinema—this comedy is about racism in general and about the ignorance behind that social perception.
This is a film where we have Italian Americans (who own a famous pizzeria in the neighbourhood)…
Violence ends by defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers.
That is the tail end of a Martin Luther King quote used before the end credits in Do The Right Thing. Now, if this film would've just ended with that full quote and then proceeded with the credits, I think one would come away with a very different opinion of this film. It kind of puts what you just saw into perspective and offers a strong voice to compliment the film.
But it doesn't.
Spike Lee turns around and shows another quote right after that. A Malcolm X quote stating that violence is intelligent when used in self defense. This makes things a little…
'It's as plain as day. They didn't have to kill the boy.'
Spike Lee's reputation has always preceded him and I hate that I was only a year old when this came out because I wouldn't have waited this long to try and overlook his attitude and see this today. This is 100% relevant to this day, a wonderful point about how oftentimes everyone in a bad situation can be right and wrong simultaneously and stupid pride and attitudes and prejudices get in the way of something that could be easily resolved if anyone actually WANTED an easy resolution.
This should be played nonstop on one screen in every movie theater in America. Free admission. It would be just as important now as it was upon release.
Spike Lee's acting was really off putting.
this movie made me so sad but at least i got to watch baby giancarlo esposito for 2 hours
Don't watch this with a headache. But, Do the Right Thing is good enough that that there isn't anything that could ruin it.
As I watch this film over and over, I become surer and surer: Sal is the most intelligenty written and directed character of any film, ever. The way he shushes his employees, the subtle way he tries to get the last word without others noticing while retaining his air of charismatic aloof machismo, the intricacies of what does and doesn't provoke him, culminating in his great final failure as the father figure he sees himself as: his weak, confusing, meaningless "you do what you gotta do".
"Thank God for elbows" is one of many lines of dialogue in this hit film by Spike Lee
There's no such thing so ridiculous in our society than racism.
It happened since the dawn of humanity, it happens nowadays and i sincerely think we are far from seeing it end.
I will tell you guys a very short story just to give an example.
Firstly, what i did was wrong. There are people doing things much worse than what i did. But still, I was wrong.
Some time ago, me and a friend of mine decided to steal some chocolates from a store here in my neighborhood. In there it has a blind spot, where no camera could caught us. At the same place and at the same time, two black boys wearing a public school shirt entered…
A great film. A story of anger, poverty, mistrust and the flaws of the human condition all which describe the nature of race in America. Brilliant characters, acting, storytelling and artistry. I was impressed by this movie. It tells the whole truth and remains fair. We can be so cruel when we abandon reason and refuse to empathize. Like Auden said "we must love each other or we must die." Buts there's a glimmer of hope. See it.
This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…