Monday, May 6, 2013

Do The Right Thing (1989)

Racial tensions simmer on the hottest day in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn.

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First films are easy. Sure you have to get someone to pay for it and yes the learning curve is steep, but there is also the added benefit of the fact that your whole life has been building up to this moment.  Every second of your existence has been preparation and you pour it all out on the screen.The real challenge is the second film, and the third film, and the fourth film, etc. Did you waste it all on that first film? Do you have anything else to say? Or can you at least address the issues of your previous film in a different way? Perhaps with a different style? Audiences crave fresh ideas!

Luckily for the world of film, Spike Lee never runs out of ideas. Visual ideas, musical ideas, intellectual ideas. Even the worst Spike Lee Joint will leave you with a lot to talk about afterwards. It's insane that he was able to produce a film as bold and complex as Do The Right Thing on only his third outing as director. Some filmmakers can go a whole career without ever producing something so perfect. It's even more insane that The Academy chose to give Best Picture to Driving Miss Daisy! And that's the double truth, Ruth!

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