Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

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Alphabet City (1984)
Directed by Amos Poe
This shoestring indie takes place in one night—and was shot in 20, on-location—but its vision of the title's then-rougher East Side neighborhood (not popularly called "Alphabet City" until the early 80s) is less gritty snapshot than clumsily original dream-vision of flaming trashcans and enormous crack factories. Vincent Spano plays a climbing errand-runner for the mob asked to burn the building where his ma and budding-prostitute sister live (reasons given: "property values," "economics"). What intelligence didn’t go into the screenplay powers the ghetto-glossy, color-coded atmospherics—all blacks, pinks and yellows—and Nile Rodgers’s cocaine drip score. Justin Stewart (Nov 7 at Nitehawk)

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