3.21 – DO THE RIGHT THING and Morality

Spike Lee Month continues with his 1989 classic DO THE RIGHT THING. We’re both (spoiler alert) very positive about the film, before getting into discussions of right and wrong, racial tension, and police brutality (keeping it light!), as well as EMPIRE RECORDS, DIE HARD 3, and the very sad continued relevance of Lee’s film.

This Week’s Media
BUNKS (2013): Jennifer Pertsch, Dylan Schmid, Atticus Mitchell
SAS: WHO DARES WINS (S2): Shaun Dooley, Ant Middleton, Colin Barr
LEON (1994): Luc Besson, Jean Reno, Gary Oldman
OKJA (2017): Bong Joon-ho, Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO (2016): Raoul Peck, James Baldwin, Rémi Grellety
GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS (1992): James Foley, Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon
As Sam said, we could easily spend much longer on this film; we do have to move on, though, so here are a few notes on this week’s episode. First up, here’s a link to Immanuel Kant’s philosophy (Rob started with the big hitters, this week): https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/kant-moral. Next, here is a primer on the (perceived) MLKJr/Malcolm X dichotomy: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/face-to-face/2017/07/malcolm-martin-luther-king-170709072506322.html. This is a good article on the making of the film: https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/theconversation.com/amp/under-the-influence-of-spike-lees-film-do-the-right-thing-63778. And this has some interesting things to say about the scary timelessness of the movie: https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/theconversation.com/amp/under-the-influence-of-spike-lees-film-do-the-right-thing-63778.