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July 22, 2023

KING OF NEW YORK — CLASSIC FILM PICK

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ColeSmithey.comYou don't know intense.

You think you saw some cool shit in "The Matrix." And all of those dumbass superhero movies are just so fucking dope. Cough.

Fuck all that.

Abel Ferrera cooks on all four burners to create a Manhattan set neo-noir like none other.

Ferrera goes toe to toe with Friedkin and Lumet for insanity level. The car chase scenes on display are full throttle, and not a dot of CGI.

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Gritty, raw, sexy, and full of '90s era NYC music and drug culture, "King Of New York" goes all the way there and then some.

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Ferrera paces this ego-fueled crime drama like the Cannonball Run.

Look it up.

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Someone could lose an eye, or considerably more. Many lose everything.

The '90s era New York City cocaine trade brings a lot of dirty money into the city.

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Christopher Walken does indeed walk on water as Frank White, a recently released prison inmate drug kingpin. Frank does business out of the Plaza Hotel — located in the exact center of the Universe, bitches. Frank wants to finance a bankrupt hospital in the Bronx.

Oh, the humanity Frank White possesses.

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Ferrera pulls no punches in this all out street brawl between Frank and the rest of the world.

Needless to say, shit hits the fan every step of the way.

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You will be in awe of this movie.

You will need a stiff drink after seeing it. Perhaps two cocktails are in order.

"King Of New York" lives up to its over the top title.

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I'm not even gonna drop names of this astounding cast. Well, okay, just one...Janet Julian.

Off the hook good.

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Cheers!

Clink.

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You front like you want Cinema, well this is it kids.

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Thank you, and you're welcome.

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Sign up for the Criterion Channel; your life will be better.

Rated R. 104 mins.

5 Stars

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November 26, 2012

DEADFALL

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DeadfallYour standard issue cold-weather crime thriller, “Deadfall” comes complete with gratuitous sex, a hot-pursuit chase sequence involving snowmobiles, and a merciless bad guy you can’t help but root for.

Eric Bana does the anti-hero honors as Addison, a casino thief on the run with a bag of cash and his adoring sibling accomplice Liza (Olivia Wilde). Headed for Canada, the desperate pair loses their getaway driver in an icy car crash that requires brother and sister to split up in Michigan (to have a better chance at making it across the border).

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Local police have a dragnet out. Liza slips into a romance of convenience with Jay (Charlie Hunnam), a recently released ex-con and former Olympic boxer. Addison has a rougher time traversing miles of snowy terrain. Kate Mara provides a nifty emotional hook as Hanna, the police officer daughter of the local sheriff (played by the ever-watchable Treat Williams).

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“Deadfall” isn’t the most original suspense movie in the world, but it accomplishes its genre-minded goals with precision.

Rated R. 94 mins. 

3 Stars

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February 16, 2012

BULLHEAD

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ColeSmithey.comJacky Vanmarsenille (Matthias Schoenaerts) is not your run-of-the-mill Flemish mafia thug. He has serious emotional and physical issues stemming from an attack by the son of one of his father’s criminal partners. Jacky belongs to a family of Belgium cattle farmers who use growth hormones to increase profits.

Debut writer/director Michael R. Roskam based his gut-wrenching crime drama on the true story of a Belgian veterinarian who was murdered in the mid-‘90s.

The murder of a local investigator causes Jacky to advise his boss not to rush into inking a deal with De Kuyper (Sam Louwyck), an illicit meat market kingpin from a neighboring region. Not that any of his gangster cohorts take the steroid-pumped Jacky seriously enough to follow his instructions. Jacky is of course correct in guessing that a police investigation is in full swing, and the he and his compatriots could be swept up in its net.

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Roskam’s gift for cinematic storytelling comes through in every affecting frame. The filmmaker’s scrupulous use of flashbacks brings the audience into a visceral empathy with Jacky, whose daily injections of testosterone explain much of his erratic behavior and his private turmoil. With his blunted facial features, Flemish actor Matthias Schoenaerts (“Loft”) is ideally cast for the role. Schoenaerts’s gutsy performance is remarkable.

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At heart, Jacky is a sensitive and intelligent guy trapped in a body that doesn’t belong to him anymore. A subplot involving his best friend from childhood seals the film’s character-study aspect with an added dimension of deeply seeded context. “Bullhead” is an unconventional mafia story told through the eyes of a damaged-goods protagonist you can’t help but feel for.

Rated R. 124 mins.

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