beefing up my 2017 watchlist with radical leftist films. suggestions welcome (keeping at one per director for now).
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…
We got to pump the stuff to make us tough
From the heart
It's a start, a work of art
To revolutionize make a change nothin's strange
People, people we are the same
No we're not the same
'Cause we don't know the game
What we need is awareness, we can't get careless
Fight the power
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)…
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…
Incredibly well written, well directed, and well acted, Do the Right Thing offers both perspectives on this very relevant issue in a profound way.
There is really nothing else like Do the Right Thing. It bleeds an unabashedly unique energy and swallows you up into it's sweltering, sweaty world.
Watched on Blu-Ray.
As funny, emotional, controversial and relevant as ever. Spike Lee pulls every dramtic punch he can think of and it hits heavy and hurts like hell. The performances are all terrific Nunn and Esposito steal every scene with raw energy, especially in its final act. It's boiling point of fun and energy right until it's hard hitting but sudden climax that will leave you speechless. It's finale is as powerful as can be evoking questions of complex morality, miss communication and spiralling un-lawful events that still plaque such communities today.
"are we gonna live together?" wonderful movie!
Very powerful. Love how it balanced all the different characters building up to a very powerful ending. A little bit too long maybe?
It's really quiet amazing how lee makes you feel for both sides here. I watched this in a film analysing class and was worried that I missed something because I could get the message from this film, only for it to turn out to be the point. The films serves as a starting piece for a conversation that many people avoid.
That being said I really liked the movie, it's characters and how it made me feel so many different things throughout.
boo boo the fool
Film #30 of Scavenger Hunt 20
Task #13: A movie where a character starts a dance number for no reason.
Original List: letterboxd.com/jesushmacy/list/scavenger-hunt-20-community-picks-edition/
Spike Lee has made some good films. My favorite was Inside Man. But Do The Right Thing is just something else entirely. A film without a true overarching narrative, it explores the lives of a small street in Bed-Stuy. A large ensemble cast just tries to survive the hot weather that slowly seeps into everyone until it bubbles to the surface. And that's how the film works, too. It presents these characters that slowly work their way inside of you, commanding your attention with raw dialogue and Lee's unique direction. And the longer the film goes on,…
What ever happened to Spike Lee? Why is he so... hostile to everyone and everything today.
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