Your mother loks well, like a cartoon
Henry, I think this is overly harsh. Yes, the film is entirely told from the viewpoint of a particular group of folks who moved to Northside Williamsburg around 1990 and have since been mostly gentrified out. Yes, it is narrow in its perspective and does not attempt to tell the socio-economic or cultural history of Williamsburg, or the political economy of gentrification. But I still thought it a valuable contribution to the conversation on gentrification. The entire neighborhood that Su Friedrich came to love over 15+ years was demolished around her and replaced by a nightmare of hideous cheaply built condominiums. A compelling personal look at the front lines of gentrification.
Awesome review. But...Why can't you folks include where the goddamn film is SHOWING? Are you trying to distinguish yourselves by eschewing usefulness?
Where does it open?
What an insanely articulate writer!
Sounds like you didn't see the movie.
Sounds like a film to glorify prescription psychotropic drugs, the same drugs every single one of the widely sensationalized mass shooters have been on, including Adam Lanza.
This article is right that many great Kiarostami films are unavailable on Region 1 DVD or Blu-Ray. Others:
Where is the Friend's House?
Life and Nothing More...
Through the Olive Trees
Please restore the FUCK ED KOCH headline. He was a damaging asshole.
Bitch Please. The ONLY reason hipsters got on their proverbial soap boxes about the AIDS crises is that it predominantly affected white, gay, men in NYC. People like them.
I don't see any vitriol regarding the sub-Sahara epidemic, which STILL rages today and has infected over 5% of the entire population. Can Mr. Beckett (or, for that matter the filmmakers of How to Survive a Plague) even name the people in charge in dealing with that crises. Without a quick google search I would say not. Talk about whitewashing....
Ed Koch was an imperfect mayor who should be ashamed of the way he handled the AIDS crises and his relationship with the Black Community. But he did other things that were very effective in generating housing, gay rights (yes, look it up idiots) and education reform (which the above doc sadly missed). He wasn't the perfect leader, who is?
Sorry it's an even-handed film and not the "hit piece" you wanted.
The boy-in-a-blouse, above, has called me a fool.
But the boy-in-a-blouse cannot disagree the Koch got the redline around the City removed, allowing the underclasses access to capital for the first time since the war.
Koch's hand up created true social mobility, and did it without humiliating the poor like Lyndsay's relief handouts.
I see the changed the headline.
...among other things, like that whole "redlining" subject that fool up on this thread writes as if he doesn't understand how Koch and peers were a significant factor in that redlining of New York.
@Ragbag--Beckett's writing against Ed Koch dying in a hospital that has you all up in arms--was this anything like Koch's deliberate unwillingness to confront the AIDS epidemic while the plague ripped through New York's population? Oh no. That, in fact, was much much worse. So terrible that the NY Times took the extraordinary step of inserting Koch's craven apathy while many lay "now dying in a hospital room" so he could have his "3 term[s as] mayor [and have his] 'amazing career'" into their already lengthy and, as Beckett writes, hagiographic obituary. SO PLEASE. At least Beckett signs his name to his writing--what have you done but play terrible troll and hid your mirror, lube and lack of possibility behind a pseudonym?
Koch was a 3 term mayor, he had an amazing career before that and a fascinating arc in his politics. The guy is now dying in a hospital room and you publish and article "fuck Ed Koch" on opening night. The guy had the balls to devote his life to public service. What has Colin Beckett done except dismissed this mans life and work like a hipster reviewing the new Guy Flierei Diner. Colin Beckett should buy a full sized mirror, a bucket of lube and explore the possibilities.
If Koch didn't team up with banks the whole City would still be redlined. Lyndsay's fun City was fair, until you wanted to get a mortgage.
Let me guess, Dinkins fan?
The Albee Square Mall had been declining for *years* before it was razed. My parents used to take me there when I was a kid in the 80s. After a while there wasn't much left to the establishment at all. (More information here: http://mcbrooklyn.blogspot.com/2007/09/rip…) I'm not going to be nostalgic for the Albee Square Mall unless developers were going to restore it to its former glory and bring in some quality retailers.
Re: Adam's comment - "I now feel welcome on Fulton St, which is something I couldn't say ten years ago."
I didn't know that too many people not from a certain background were checking out Fulton Mall. I don't think that Fulton Mall was not making certain people feel welcome. This is how I saw things: Certain people wouldn't (cross over from Brooklyn Heights/BoCoCa/wherever to) go to the Fulton Mall because they chose not to. From what I've been told years ago the clientele used to be more diverse racially and economically. (See also Marty Markowitz's comments in this article: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/29/realesta…) Over the years as Fulton Mall changed, some of the clientele chose to go elsewhere. Now this type of clientele is coming back, and some of the less affluent clientele is being priced out. Don't get me wrong; I like Starbucks, and some of the stores on Fulton Mall were junky, but there should be enough space for everyone.
P.S. I'm still surprised that Macy's, who had taken over A&S's old spot, has managed to remain open all these years!
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