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Watch: 20-Minute, 25th Anniversary Documentary About Spike Lee's 'Do The Right Thing'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 15, 2014 10:38 AM
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Do The Right Thing
It’s been a quarter of a century since “Do The Right Thing,” and yet the film’s themes could not be more current, particularly in light of the events unfolding this week in Ferguson, Missouri. To celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary, Spike Lee teamed up with Beats Music for a short documentary on the film (via Variety).

Watch: Spike Lee Powerfully Mixes Footage Of NYPD Chokehold Victim With 'Do the Right Thing' In Video Response

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2014 5:21 PM
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Oldboy,  Spike Lee
One of the more heartbreaking and infuriating headlines of the past few days has come from New York City. Last Friday, five NYPD officers engaged with 43-year-old Eric Garner, who was stopped under suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes. The situation escalated with the officers smothering and choking the 400 pound man, who is seen and heard on video caught by bystanders, stating clearly, "I can't breathe" nine times. Garner became unconscious at the scene, and shortly went into cardiac arrest and died at Richmond University Medical Center. The incident has outraged not just citizens of New York City, but has made headlines around the world. And for Spike Lee it has struck a clearly personal chord.

Spike Lee & Cast Talk 'Do The Right Thing' At BAM 25th Anniversary Screening

  • By Eloise Banting
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  • July 2, 2014 12:41 PM
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The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences And BAMcinematek Present A 25th Anniversary Screening Of "Do The Right Thing" In New York
Walking the streets of Brooklyn now is quite a different experience than it was, say, about 25 years ago. Or is it? One might posit the same issues are still here, just repackaged. And based on the detailed representation of this urbanized-gentrified-evolving city in Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing,” the filmmaker wouldn’t disagree.

The Hottest Day Of Summer: Spike Lee's Landmark 'Do The Right Thing' On Its 25th Anniversary

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • June 26, 2014 4:24 PM
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25 years ago this coming Monday, for the first time, audiences watched Mookie put a trashcan through the window of his place of work, Sal’s Famous Pizzeria. In the film this is the culmination of a day of ratcheting tension, simmering and seething in the rising temperature of the hottest day of summer, the kind of day during which a trivial lunchtime altercation about celebrity photos on the wall can escalate toward a senseless death by teatime and a riot by nightfall. But outside the story of the film too, it’s hard not to read it on a metaphorical level. With “Do The Right Thing” Spike Lee, seemingly with pre-planned calculation, smashed up the existing edifice of the independent film industry, dazzling many, but sending some prognosticators screaming for the hills-- some of whom straight-out accused Lee of irresponsibility in directly inciting race violence. Jack Kroll, for instance, writing for Newsweek asked "in this long hot summer, how will young urban audiences—black and white—react to the film's climactic explosion of interracial violence? ... this movie is dynamite under every seat."

BAMcinemaFest Line-Up Includes ‘Snowpiercer,’ ‘Boyhood’ & 25th Anniversary Screening Of ‘Do The Right Thing’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 6, 2014 2:41 PM
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BAMcinématek has announced the complete line-up for its annual BAMcinemaFest, and it might be the best in its six-year history. Running Jun 18-29, the closing night picture will be the 25th anniversary of Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing,” with Lee and cast in attendance, the opening night picture will be Richard Linklater’s 12-year project “Boyhood” and the festival’s centerpiece will be Bong Joon-ho’s “Snowpiercer.” Other highlights include the spotlight film, David Wain’s “They Came Together,” Joe Swanberg’s “Happy Christmas,” Mike Cahill’s “I Origins” and many more.

Watch: 5 Movies Roger Ebert Championed Including 'Do The Right Thing,' 'Hoop Dreams,' 'Monster' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2013 3:49 PM
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Films That Roger Ebert Championed
As many of The Playlist team wrote earlier today, the late Roger Ebert was instrumental for many of us discovering a nurturing what has become a lifelong passion of cinema. And much of that has to do with "At The Movies," his influential long running show with Gene Siskel (and in later, less satisfying years, Richard Roeper) that brought the movies into our homes with pointed critiques, debates, arguments and most of all, enthusiasm. While many have been digging up the Ebert's zingers and classic takedowns, we wanted to focus on the moments where he got truly excited and got behind a movie.

Exclusive: Spike Lee Explains What Happened To Mookie & Sal After The End Of 'Do The Right Thing'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 9, 2012 9:01 AM
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Jason Bourne might be back this weekend, but there's one return that we're a little more excited about: Spike Lee, who has a new movie in theaters for the first time since 2008's "Miracle At St. Anna." And while that picture was a sprawling, World War Two epic, his latest, "Red Hook Summer," is a return to the kind of films that he made his name with, a small-scale drama about life on the streets of Brooklyn. And while it has divided critics a little, our own review came out firmly on the positive side of things.

5 Things You May Not Know About 'Do The Right Thing'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 2, 2012 8:31 AM
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On a weekend where record temperatures were being recorded in New York City, and elsewhere in the U.S., it's appropriate that two of the best films in theaters, "Magic Mike" and "Take This Waltz," both revolve around long, hot summers. And it's doubly appropriate that Saturday also marked the anniversary of perhaps the definitive heatwave movie: Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing." Of course, Lee's masterpiece isn't just a look at Brooklyn over a boiling hot summer day, it's also one of the greatest American films in the history of the medium, one whose critical reputation has only grown since Kim Basinger's protestation on stage at the Oscars the following year that it was the best film of 1989, and yet hadn't been nominated (although Danny Aiello got a nod, as did Lee's screenplay).

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