So Brooklyn. I love almost all of the situations, conversations, and characters in this film. It's a docudrama and tribute film about Brooklyn. And finally, I adore 'Blue in the Face' as much as I adore 'Smoke'. Love Brooklyn Duology.
slices of Brooklyn life I suppose. Fun, weird, and kinda insightful. And now I get to know some baseball history. It could be better with more production value, though that might work against the "Brooklyn spirit"
A full extra star for the Keitel v Jarmusch alone. What a pairing. The whole cast was well above par. Hervery Keitel just slays as Augie. Otherwise, I was more or less let down after being swift'ed away by "Smoke."
There were good moments, but I thought some of the characters were cliche. I got bored about three-fourths of the way through. Haven't seen Smoke, but watched because Paul Auster was a director. Roseanne Barr and Mel Gorham were at the core of the piece for me. Study in the potential problems (but also benefits) of working with an incomplete script.
This film works (in a way Smoke does not) by not attempting to force a narrative arc onto a meandering story. The points when "plot" comes up are the weakest: selling the store, Jackie Robinson. The improv and episodic nature run the risk of giving the viewer whiplash, but being jolted around is preferable to a tired narrative bemoaning gentrification (and the problems of Auggie, a tiresome Suffering Man trope).