What I watched between June 29, 2014 and July 31, 2014.
6/29: Do The Right Thing, 25th Anniversary Screening at BAM
6/30: Annie Hall
7/13: American Graffiti
7/18: Louie Season 4: Elevator Pt. 3-6*
7/19 - Obvious Child
7/26 - We Are The Best!
7/27 - Boyhood
Number of Movies Watched: 7
*Number of Sort of Movies Watched: 1
Last week, I declared to watch 300 movies in one year. After the first month, I'm on pace to watch 84. I have some catching up to do.
I kicked off the month with the 25th Anniversary Screening of Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing on my 25th birthday, and the film is just as relevant now as it was '89.
What better proof of that statment than Spike Lee's recent montage, intercutting the scene of Radio Raheem's death by police brutality with cell phone footage of Eric Garner in an alleged chokehold by police officers. The film holds a mirror up to who we are in a way that's so honest, and in your face.
Gentrification is an cyclical evergreen topic in New York City. Bedford-Stuyvestant has become a major focal point, with the median house prices doubling. I imagine all these various different cultures, people from different backgrounds, some who've been here for awhile, some not so long, all of these people are tectonic plates, constantly rubbing each other in this confined space. The tension perpetually escalates. It's perfect that the film takes place on the hottest day of the summer.
And , Lee is able to intersperse these comedic moments with sharp commentary. Like one of my favorite scenes: Moe and Joe Black.
The rest of my month was mostly filled out with some great new releases like Obvious Child and We Are the Best! Both are sweet, honest, funny films with charm. Last but not least, I saw Boyhood, a rare film that I cannot recommend enough. There's more to say on this one, but that's for another post.