So here's a director who rips off Mean Streets, Basketball Diaries, Bronx Tale (Bronx Tale?!?), and at the same time keeps stressing how "real" it all is. He's long on attitude, that's bank, but he is good with his actors, and even when the cliches do a log jam, he pushes forward with some unexpected bit or observation. So here's a director who's not quite there yet, but worth watching out for, I'd say.
After watching rave reviews of Paris J'taime (available here: https://mubi.com/films/paris-je-taime) and the corresponding: New York I Love You. The point is you cannot capture NYC without the creeping gentrification. A city is-has many faces, many races, and these two films by a dozen high profile directors miss the point of New York. With his debut effort D.Montiel devastates this notion (cont.)