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Do the Right Thing (1989)
Almost nobody's right and almost everybody's wrong here:
Do the Right Thing, which is set in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood on a hot, sultry summer's day, in the midst of a heat wave, is about a bunch of people of different racial and ethnic groups who, while at the same time living in relative harmony with each other, the omnipresent racial and ethnic tensions are always lurking and bubbling just beneath the surface, ready to erupt at any opportune (or inopportune) moment.
Do The Right Thing shows that when people of different racial and ethnic groups, none of who have very much, are thrown together by chance, these kind of racial and ethnic hostilities take root and proliferate very, very easily. Moreover, this film points out a very concise message about the consequences of racial and ethnic hatred and violence; There are no winners, only losers.
Captain Phillips (2013)
Captain Phillips; A good movie, but not for the faint of heart:
Captain Phillips is a well-done but harrowing film that's based on a true story about the hijacking of an American boat by Somali pirates.
The acting is good, the action gripping enough to keep people on the edge of their seats (I know I was on the edge of my seat the whole time!), but it's definitely not for the faint of heart, if one gets the drift. it was well worth seeing, nonetheless.
The actor who played Captain Phillips played the part of the beleaguered captain with much aplomb and expression.
So did the guys who played the Somali pirates who hijacked the ship.
While I wonder what the United States was doing over in Somalia in the first place, I do feel for Captain Phillips and all the ships passengers, since the hijacking was such an ordeal for everybody on the ship.
The fact that the pirates literally hijacked the ship and took over as Captain made me not feel sympathy for the pirates. Yet, I couldn't justify the killing of them in the end, either. One pirate did serve (or is serving ), a prison sentence here in the United States, and he should be.
West Side Story (1961)
West Side Story--A Classic film that's in a class by itself:
West Side Story is a wonderful, venerable old classic film that's definitely in a class by itself.
The storyline, the music, the dancing, the characters, the costumes, scenery, the singing, and the cinematography, all of which I love, have all been combined into the beautifully dynamic little package that it is.
West Side Story is a film that I never tire of seeing over and over again, especially on a great big, wide movie screen, in a real movie theatre, with the lights down low! It always feels fresh and new, like I'm seeing it for the very first time, and I always notice at least one or two things in each viewing that I didn't notice in the last.
West Side Story is truly a classic that never grows old. While most classic films (even classic films that I've liked well enough to see more than once.) are somewhat dated and frayed around the edges, West Side Story has withstood the test of time fantastically! The MGM quote "Unlike other classics, West Side Story grows younger is so true!
The Town (2010)
Ben Affleck's "The Town"-so bad that it's good:
"The Town" is an overrated, hyped-up, cheesy piece of junk, imo. It's more like a feature- length, made-for-TV soap opera than a regular movie, and is very cartoonlike with a poor to mediocre cast. None of the characters are believable except for Jeremy Renner's role as the crazy "Jem" Coughlin, and Jon Hamm as Adam Frawley, the FBI Agt. who's been assigned to bring Doug MacRay and his men to their knees and to prison, once and for all.
The beginning of "The Town", with the opening bank heist and the aerial/on the ground shots of Charlestown and Boston, generally, was interesting, but it went from being okay to being just plain awful in a matter of minutes.
The Town conveys the message to me, personally, that people don't have to be held accountable for what they do, and, as long as they get what they want, anything goes. A strong message that predatory behavior such as stalking a person, and associating with a person who shoots, kills and beats people within inches of their life is okay is also evident in The Town.
So is the message that a woman who's very princess-like, demure and "normal" and steals the heart of the de-facto leader of a local gang of thieving thugs can be petted and praised as a good lass, regardless of what she does, and that being an accessory to someone's criminal activity and making dupes out of law enforcement people who are trying to do their assigned jobs of bringing criminals to justice is okay.
The Town also indicates the continued "dumbing down" of America and the world; the fact that such a film not only can be mad, but to have such glowing reviews from most people is a strong reflection of that.