Presents a glimpse into the world of African American drag racing. It follows the consistent routine of a bank teller and a mechanic as they prepare for the sport. Once the routine is disrupted, the result of the race comes into doubt.
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A documentary film on black drag racing could have been amazing. But apart from the personal stories that were cut too short, there wasn't much to explore. Beautiful imagery but not enough substance, which was a letdown for the marvelously interesting subject.
I’m wondering if this was originally a multi-channel gallery installation. If it wasn’t, I’m scratching my head over the editing, which could of course be all about my limitations and how few of his films I’ve seen, not the film’s fault. I am very much enjoying the series: thank you, Mubi, thank you, Kevin.
It's pretty sloppy, and Everson makes some bizarre stylistic choices (which often fall flat), but I think that moving away from a focus on formalism can open the viewer up to a better appreciation of a wider range of voices (including folks like Everson). ... [cont. in comments]
Lovely. I find it very satisfying to be able to inhabit the tempo of a film and this had it in spades, and such an abiding patience the father and daughter possessed. That is power in reserve, for real.
WHY IS THIS MOVIE ON THIS WEBSITE??? Seriously though, it seems like this was something made by the nephew of the CEO of MUBI and they were guilted into putting it on the website. At first, I thought that it was purposefully being shot poorly, but as it went on it seemed more and more evident that little to no effort went into the production of this film. I would give it zero stars if I could. Do not waste your time.
Beautifully composed. Sporadic tales about feelings re: racing were wonderful, reminded me how limited the employment of the English language is, generally, in movies. I love hearing people talk who talk in a way that’s unique to them. Meditations on ritual, on the imperceptible difference between perfection & failure, sunk in slowly, but did sink in. Wanted more emotional pulse throughout, but was never disengaged.
I expected more from this film. There is hardly any dialogue, for the audience to follow what is happening they have to make many inferences. Contains little action and that which it does contain is largely muted. The editing and cinematography are poorly done and make the film disorienting and dull.