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September 04, 2023

PERSON TO PERSON

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ColeSmithey.comWriter/director Dustin Guy Defa creates a retro-modern gem of a New York City chamber piece with "Person To Person."

Part coming of age story, and part murder mystery, this delightful light comedy brims with thoughtful dialogue and memorable performances.

These characters don't need cell phones to communicate, or to figure the world out on their own terms.

Making mistakes is a normal part of life.

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Tavi Gevinson all but steals the movie as Wendy, a young woman whose only two sexual experiences (with other girls), make her "not a virgin," and not necessarily a lesbian, considering that she has yet to experience sex with a boy, but yearns to share such intimacy.

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Abbi Jacobson's Claire tries her hand at being a newspaper reporter under Michael Cera's Heavy Metal-loving editor Phil. The media is not your friend.

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But the film's best-kept secret is Bene Coopersmith's underplayed portrayal of a Jazz-loving vinyl collector who gets into a fix over a rare Charlie Parker record while coming to terms with romance.

Hollywood doesn't do character-driven movies anymore, so it's especially heartwarming to see Dustin Guy Defa doing the heavy lifting.

Laughs abound.

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Great script, great performances, great soundtrack, and great editing — you can find many angles of inspiration from this overlooked winner.

Settle in for a refreshing date night movie. You won't be disappointed.

Not Rated. 84 mins.

4 Stars

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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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THE COMFORT OF STRANGERS — SHOCKTOBER!

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ColeSmithey.comPaul Schrader's criminally overlooked adaptation of Ian McEwan's 1981 novel is breathtaking. 

Working from a screenplay by British master of dramaturgy Harold Pinter and Ian McEwan, Schrader draws us into a tourist's eye vision of Venice via young lovers, played by Rupert Everett and Natasha Richardson.

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Our hopeful romantics are vacationing for their second visit to Venice to decide whether or not to up the ante on their seven-year relationship.

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Mary (Richardson) has two children from a former marriage. She naturally seeks the stability that marrying Colin (Everett) could bring.

However, Colin is mercurial to a flaw. His classic British handsomeness makes Colin an object of desire to both men and women in Venice.

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Enter Robert (Christopher Walken), an aristocratic ex-pat living with his BDSM abused wife Caroline (Helen Mirren).

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Robert owns a local restaurant where he regales his new friends with intimate stories from his childhood as the son of a diplomat.

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What transpires involves Robert's and Caroline's web that the couple weave to entrap Mary and Robert in a psychologically transformative act.

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Although not a great choice for a date movie, "The Comfort Of Strangers" is a brilliantly crafted psychological thriller.

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Natasha Richardson gives a stunning performance, as does Helen Mirren, Rupert Everett, and the incomparable Christopher Walken as a narcissist with a game-ending plan for destruction.

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Ian McEwan thoroughly roasts the narcissistic corporate ideology of the rich to a burnt crisp.

Crackle.

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Placing "The Comfort Of Strangers" alongside other Venice-set films (see "Death In Venice" and "Don't Look Now") won't do much for making you want to visit Venice.

Win some, lose some.

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Straight masterpiece this movie.

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Rated R. 107 mins. 5 Stars COLE MONSTERCozy Cole

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