Monday, August 15, 2011

LITTLE ODESSA (1994) - James Gray


Brighton Beach, Russian mafia ground zero. It's good to know there are still some places in Brooklyn where you can get away with piggy-backing a dead body in broad daylight. At least you still could in the mid-90's. The movie itself is pretty good, if equally unsubtle. As with director James Gray's two other crime dramas (The Yards and We Own the Night), Little Odessa is finely observed, well-acted and exquisitely photographed but a little too humorless to ever want to sit through more than once. It's operatic Ukrainian Godfather stuff, probably best washed down with a Styrofoam cup of Stolichnaya and a steaming boardwalk weenie from Nathan's.

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