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Friday, April 14, 2006

Friday Five-Star Flashback

Do the Right Thing (1989)
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R for language, violence
Before Spike Lee was a legend, before the LA Riots, before the NYPD corruption scandals of the early '90's, was this itense, stylish, passionate film. This, his second film, was and has remained his masterpeice. It's the hottest day of the summer in a diverse neighborgood of Brooklyn, and as the temperatures rise, so do the tempers of the inhabitants. The single best film on race ever made, it provides no simple answers, no one is safe, no one does the right thing. From it's opening sequence set to Public Enemy's "Fight the Power" to it's haunting final frrames, it remains an incidiary indictment on intolerance and violence, and is perhaps the most socially active film of the past 30 years.

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