Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Favorite Summer Movies: DO THE RIGHT THING.

Spike Lee probably will never top this early movie about an explosive situation one summer. Most summer movies are light-hearted or nostalgic. This is instead painful and real. It is the hottest day of the summer in Bed-Sty and things are about to explode. With a cast featuring Lee, Danny Aiello, John Turturro, Ruby Dee, Ozzie Davis and others, you feel the tension. You watch horrified as the situation continues to escalate.
It's the tension we see today in Missouri. It never gets better, does it? This film came out of nowhere and gave you a momentary feeling you had a grip on how things get out of hand. One of the great films (IMHO).


George said...

With the events in Ferguson fresh in our minds, DO THE RIGHT THING is a perfect choice! Hope you're feeling better.

Charles Gramlich said...

Scary how easy it is for the status quo to break down and craziness ensue

Deb said...

I remember driving home the day of the Rodney King riots, looking out from the Century freeway over south-central and seeing the smoke rising up. It seems as if every decade or so we have these protests against what appear to be obvious injustices that devolve into full-scale rioting because of a variety of factors: heavy-handed law enforcement response included, along with the heat (they always tend to happen during the summer).