Film screening: Gen X series continues with Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” Sun., Apr. 30

Best Video Film & Cultural Center’s Generation X film series continues on Sunday, Apr. 30, with a screening of Spike Lee’s 1989 film “Do the Right Thing.” The series features six films of the 1980s and early 1990s that touch on the culture and politics that informed so-called “Generation X.” The screening is at 7 PM and admission is $7.

An instant critical and commercial success, Spike Lee’s third major film chronicles a single sweltering day in the Bed-Stuy section of Brooklyn. Lee stars as Mookie, a delivery man working for Sal’s Pizzeria, a white-owned business in the center of the black neighborhood. When Sal (Danny Aiello, who received an Oscar nomination for the role) gets into an argument with Mookie’s best friend, the neighborhood’s long-simmering racial tensions erupt. Billed as a comedy-drama, the film is indeed funny, even as it explores the complexity, frustration and tragedy the film’s characters experience. As relevant today as it was nearly thirty years ago for its unflinching yet empathetic portrayal of race relations, the star-studded cast of “Do the Right Thing” includes John Turturro as Sal’s antagonistic son, and Rosie Perez (in her screen debut) as Mookie’s girlfriend.

From Vincent Canby’s 1989 New York Times review [requires log-in]:

 

In all of the earnest, solemn, humorless discussions about the social and political implications of Spike Lee’s ”Do the Right Thing,” an essential fact tends to be overlooked: it is one terrific movie. From the sinuous and joshing solo dance sequence, which begins the fable on the dawn of the hottest day of the summer in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant section, until the mournful fadeout 24 hours later, ”Do the Right Thing” is living, breathing, riveting proof of the arrival of an abundantly gifted new talent.

View the trailer for “Do the Right Thing”:

The remaining schedule is:

Sunday, Apr. 30, 7 PM: “Do the Right Thing”

Sunday, May 7, 7 PM: “Thelma and Louise”

Sunday, May 14, 7 PM: “My Beautiful Launderette”

UPCOMING EVENTS (Music events start at 8 PM unless otherwise noted; screenings start at 7 PM unless otherwise noted):

• Thursday, Apr. 27. SINGER-SONGWRITER: ZACH ANDERSEN, ACOUSTIC DUO: THE HOOCH

• Friday, Apr. 28, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: THE SLOCAN RAMBLERS (A GUITARTOWNCT CONCERT)

• Sunday, Apr. 30, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “DO THE RIGHT THING”

• Tuesday, May 2, 4-7 PM. THE GREAT GIVE HAPPY HOUR

• Wednesday, May 3, 7 PM. FILM SCREENINGS & LECTURE/TALKBACK: THOMAS WEXLER ON “I HAVE A DREAM”: THE CIVIL RIGHTS GENERATION, AND HIP-HOP IN THE SOCIAL UNCONSCIOUS (Just added!)

• Thursday, May 4. INDIE ROCK: PROCEDURE CLUB

• Friday, May 5. SINGER-SONGWRITERS IN  THE ROUND: JENNIFER DAUPHINAIS, CHRISTOPHER BOUSQUET, FRANK CRITELLI

• Sunday, May 7. 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Sunday, May 7, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “THELMA AND LOUISE”

• Thursday, May 11. INDIE ROCK: ZOO FRONT, THE FURORS

• Friday, May 12. SINGER-SONGWRITER: SHAWN TAYLOR & WANDERING ROOTS (CD Release)

• Saturday, May 13. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE & THE FAKE MUSIC ENSEMBLE

• • Sunday, May 14, 7 PM. GEN X FILM SERIES SCREENING: “MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDERETTE”

• Wednesday, May 17. POP: THE RACKET DOWNSTAIRS

• Friday, May 19. INDIE ROCK: LA TUNDA, LYS GUILLORN (solo)

• Sunday, May 21, 3 PM. LIGHTS! FILMMAKING WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Wednesday, May 24. WORLD MUSIC: ELEGANT PRIMATES

• Thursday, May 25. DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRE OF CLAIRVOYANT PLAYS MUSIC FROM “TWIN PEAKS”

• Friday, May 26. INDIE ROCK: WALLY

• Thursday, June 1. INDIE ROCK: IF JESUS HAD MACHINE GUNS

• Friday, June 2. JAZZ VOCAL: LINDA SATIN WITH JOE CARTER & TIM MORAN

• Sunday, June 4, 3 PM. CAMERA! ACTION! FILMMAKING WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: LIGHTS

• Friday, June 9. ALT-COUNTRY: PAT STONE, BOX OF BIRDS

• Saturday, June 10. JAZZ: ALLEN LOWE

• Sunday, June 11. 2-5 PM. GUITARTOWNCT FREE AFTERNOON BLUEGRASS JAM

• Friday, June 16, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: MILE TWELVE (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Thursday, June 22. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND; CONTEMPORARY CLASSICAL MUSIC: THE CHRIS CHILDS TRIO

• Friday, June 23. CHAMBER ROCK: THE TET OFFENSIVE

• Friday, July 21. SOLO GUITAR: GLENN ROTH; SINGER-SONGWRITER: DANA MERRITT

• Wednesday, July 26. MUSIC FROM “THE SIMPSONS”: DR. CATERWAUL’S CADRES OF CLAIRVOYANT CLAPTRAPS with SPECIAL GUESTS

• Friday, July 28. WORLD MUSIC: NEELA

• Friday, Aug. 4, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: HONEY DEWDROPS (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Aug. 11. INDIE ROCK: LYS GUILLORN & HER BAND

• Friday, Sept. 8. INDIE ROCK: THE SAWTELLES

• Friday, Sept. 15, 7:30 PM. BLUEGRASS: ROB ICKES & TREY HENSLEY (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Friday, Sept. 22. SINGER-SONGWRITER: THE ANNE MARIE MENTA BAND

• Friday, Oct. 20. BLUEGRASS: MISSY RAINES & THE NEW HIP (GUITARTOWNCT PRODUCTIONS)

• Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 PM. BLUEGRASS: TIM O’BRIEN

 

New releases 5/31/16

Top Hits
RaceRace (sports drama, Stephan James. Rotten Tomatoes: 62%. Metacritic: 56. From Stephen Holden’s New York Times review: “The ingredients of ‘Race,’ a studiously uplifting biopic of Jesse Owens, the phenomenal star of the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, remain as volatile as they were 80 years ago, although nowadays they are camouflaged. This true story of an impoverished black youth from the streets of Depression-era Cleveland who ascends to greatness by shattering track-and-field records and undercutting Adolf Hitler’s racist agenda is a safe, by-the-numbers tribute.” Read more…)

Triple 9 (action thriller, Casey Affleck. Rotten Tomatoes: 53%. Metacritic: 59. From Manohla Dargis’ New York Times review: “With its lurid red and brooding villains, the thriller ‘Triple 9’ comes dressed to kill. Directed by John Hillcoat, it purrs to a start with men plotting in near dark, a hook-y start that establishes the look and mood. Within minutes, the men are robbing an Atlanta bank in a scene filled with gunfire and rattling, visceral specifics, like the wet stains spreading under the weeping, prostrate employees. The men’s camaraderie and choreography announce their professionalism while the guns and money telegraph the stakes. And all of this is gone with the wind the moment Kate Winslet swaggers in, wearing a doo-wop bouffant and flashing a blingy Star of David as big as a bagel.” Read more…)

The Driftless Area (indie drama, Zooey Deschanel)

New Foreign
Wim Wenders: The Road Trilogy
Alice in the Cities (Germany, 1974, drama, Rüdiger Vogler. Rotten Tomatoes: 100%. From Lawrence Van Gelder’s 1974 New York Times review [requires log-in]: “If you are searching for a fine, tightly controlled, intelligent and ultimately touching film, one will be shown tonight at 9:30 P.M. at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center as part of the 12th New York Film Festival. Its title is ‘Alice in the Cities’ [‘Alice in den Stadten’], and it is a West German film directed and, in part, written by Wim Wenders, a young German who received praise here two years ago when his second feature, ‘The Anxiety of the Goalie at the Penalty Kick,’ was shown at the Museum of Modern Art in the New Directors/New Films series.” Read more…)

Wrong Move (Germany, 1975, drama, Rüdiger Vogler)
Kings of the Road (Germany, 1976, drama, Rüdiger Vogler)

New Classic DVDs (pre-1960)
The White Cliffs of Dover (1944, period drama, Irene Dunne. From Bosley Crowther’s 1944 New York Times review [requires log-in]: “When Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer extends its hand across the seas to our gentle English cousins it always does so with a fine fraternal grip. But in its much-advertised screen version of Alice Duer Miller’s popular poem, ‘The White Cliffs’—now called ‘The White Cliffs of Dover,’ to be more specific, no doubt—it has supplemented the handshake with a tug on its forelock and a bow. As a matter of fact, it has virtually gotten down on its knees and kissed the ground—the ground, that is, of England and all that it represents. For this sterling-silver picture, which came to the Music Hall yesterday, is such a tribute to English gentility as only an American studio would dare to make.” Read more…)

New British
Peaky Blinders: Season 2 (period crime drama, Cillian Murphy. Rotten Tomatoes: 93%.)

New Television
The Last Panthers (heist drama, Samantha Morton. Rotten Tomatoes: 85%. Metacritic: 73. From Neil Genzlinger’s New York Times review: “Given that ‘The Last Panthers’ involves the pursuit of criminals through back alleys and anonymous-looking apartment complexes all over Europe, the most striking thing about it initially is the word that it rarely, if ever, uses: terrorism. Recent headlines might make it seem, at least from the American perspective, as if terror were the only crime Europe deals with. But this intricate six-part mini-series, which starts Wednesday on SundanceTV, is grounded in old-school illegalities.” Read more…)

Grace and Frankie: Season 1 (comedy/romance series, Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin. Rotten Tomatoes: 72%. Metacritic: 58. From Alessandra Stanley’s New York Times television review: “People who complain about aging sound old. But “Grace and Frankie” is a senior angst comedy that somehow doesn’t seem fusty and out of date. Actually, ‘Grace and Frankie,’ a series that will be available Friday on [some online service] and stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, is funny and even touching.” Read more…)

New Documentaries
Tongues Untied (homophobia, racism, Marlon Riggs. From Walter Goodman’s 1991 New York Times review [requires log-in]: “Tongues are wagging about ‘Tongues Untied.’ New Yorkers can see the hourlong documentary about black homosexuals tomorrow night at 10 on Channel 13, but about a third of the biggest public stations are not running it. And the Rev. Donald E. Wildmon, the president of the American Family Association, a conservative watchdog group, has denounced it as another misuse of money from the National Endowment for the Arts. What seems to be bothering Mr. Wildmon and others about the work by Marlon Riggs is its street lingo, nudity and scenes of men making love. If ever there was a program where such elements are justified, this is it.” Read more…)

New Children’s DVDs
Tower of Terror (1997 Disney spooky mystery, Steve Guttenberg)