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158 Ratings


Directed by Hype Williams
Jamaica, United States, 1998


Tommy Brown and his friend Sincere are gangsters who have learned how to make a good living by dealing drugs and pulling armed robberies.

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Belly Directed by Hype Williams
Throw in the street-smart details of the script by Williams, Nas, and Anthony Bodden (Sincere notes he lives “not too far from where we grew up, right by the Vets’ hospital,” a tossed-off reference that situates the movie in a real, known New York), the touches of unexpected humor (DMX grunt-singing in the shower!), and you have the a taste of Belly, a film that, taken altogether, comes much closer to what Korine called “a pop poem” than does his own sniggery Spring Breakers.
September 26, 2014
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Whether or not something is “good” or “bad” matters less and less to me, especially performances, because every film is a documentary of some kind, and in this film in particular it’s fascinating to watch the levels of artifice overlay towards pure plasticity, pure metaphysics, where asking it to do anything “real” is useless.
September 19, 2014
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Williams parallels Goodfellas and Scarface; his neo-realistic view on the belly—the supple, round source of life—is circular in its meaning and execution. Entertaining his audience up to the last second, Williams strikingly extends his music video oeuvre into a new world of urban noir.
September 17, 2014
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