From its opening frame, Do the Right Thing instantly proclaims it’s making a statement: This is not a movie – This is a Spike Lee joint. “Fight the Power”, by Public Enemy, blasts, as Rosie Perez break dances, and you’d have to be deaf and blind to not instantly see that this is a bold and ostentatious piece of art. Nearly 30 years after its original release, Do the Right Thing remains just as relevant, as cutting, and as powerful as it must have upon its original release.
Road House is not a “good” movie. It’s poorly directed, mostly has a weak cast, and it’s full of ’80s cheese. It is, however, an entertaining movie, largely thanks to the persuasively charismatic persona presented by Patrick Swayze. Everything happening here is pretty silly, but with Swayze in the lead role, you can almost buy into the myth of the legendary bar bouncer, James Dalton.
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure is not a very good movie. In fact, it’s pretty bad – but that doesn’t mean it’s without certain charms. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure stars a young Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter as the titular characters, two comically idiotic slackers who need some serious help to pass their history class. Luckily for them, that help comes in the form of Rufus (the late, great George Carlin, woefully underutilized), an emissary from the future who brings with him a time travelling phone booth (frankly, I’m surprised the BBC didn’t sue for this).