A Non-Newtonian Fluid (maddening) wrote,
A Non-Newtonian Fluid

I've been baffled lately by the movies people just don't seem to "get". Doom Generation is, according to the imdb people and anyone I've actually talk to about it, just a HORRIBLE movie with bad acting, a mean message, and pointless violence and torture. Do the Right Thing is a movie that wants you to sympathize with an angry mob and give big praise to the protagonist for bringing it all down. I can't wait to read the review that tells me that Ghost in the Shell is all about how much better robots are than humans.

I think the problem is the people with the strongest opinions (read: loudest) tend to be the most *off*.

People who don't get or don't like Doom Generation... okay... there could be a billion reasons for it. You don't get the billion layers of sarcasm, don't get that they aren't really "acting" for most of it, they're just being incredibly fake people, you just don't like the damned movie, cool. Whatever. Lots of reasons NOT to like it.

If you're an American watching Do the Right Thing and you somehow come out of it with the impression that Spike Lee is saying that racial violence is okay as long as you're black, you're well... you're probably the average fucking American. The only thing I've read about the movie so far that hasn't just made me mad at the people who didn't get it is a thing from Roger Ebert that was in with the Criterion Collection version of the movie.

If you haven't seen Do the Right Thing, you should. Really. On a personal level, I can't stand Spike Lee. I don't like most of his movies and I don't like him as a person. But this movie is incredibly good and heavy handed because we Americans are just.that.fucking.dumb.

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