Beautiful and compelling - I didn't take my eyes off the screen, and loved the little twists and pace and rawness of the characters & dialogue. All that said, I felt a little unsatisfied when it ended - as if it was just a text-book case in crafting a film with good dialogue and characters that couldn't commit to making the social statement it seemed to hint at and then retract throughout.
MUBI! you are on a very slippery slope! firstly I never see films by black directors on here. Then you add this! A film where the black leads calling each other NIGGERS in most scenes written and directed by a white director. This film is garbage! I mean really. Is this be best you can do! I hope not. Please remove this film and act like you are serious in representing black directors and good filmmaking.
An enjoyable, though fairly throwaway, tale of graffiti artists trying to gather the resources for a memorable stunt. This ends up being more about friendship and the connections that can make life better for those stuck in a bit of a bad position, and the two lead performances help keep it entertaining enough.
Disneyfied adaptation of a thinkable Gangs of the Bronx. Or a Bronxified version of a trendy multi-ethnic Disney tale. There is too much sugar candy to be taken seriously despite the all well-intended posturing and rude lingo. A cool package-holiday tour around NY on an open-top double decker bus looking for crews while avoiding sagging and 9s.
Interesting first feature from Adam Leon. It's really not the wonderul film I was sold, but stll a lively one with a great turn by Tashiana Washington. The amateurism of the whole cast is awkward at first, but then it kinda adds to the realism. Ain't nothing much like a plot, but the main characters were filled with depth and that's a good sign for Leon.
I heard a lot of wonderful things about this movie, but I couldn't get past the first 30 minutes. Once Malcolm spouted a homophobic insult and the caricature of a privileged, oblivious white blonde girl shows up and starts talking about her international trips abroad, it was just too much for me to handle. I'll finish it someday and see if I was wrong about it all. Haha.
Adam Leon's feature debut is a likable slice of life with two great, naturalistic performances from Hickson and Washington. The plot meanders but in an organic, amusing way as Leon introduces the viewer to a cast of colorful supporting characters. Petty theft has rarely been so charming. Good first effort; interested to see what Leon does next.