Milk & Honey (2003)
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Joe Maggio's second film, Milk & Honey, is a tale of a marriage with problems. Rick (Clint Jordan) and Joyce (Kirsten Russell) go their separate ways into the night after a disastrous appearance together at an office function. The apparently mentally unstable Rick ends up offering money to a stranger if that person will kill him. Shot on digital video, Milk & Honey was screened at the Sundance Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
Apr 8, 2005 Wide
Aug 2, 2005
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With its downtown context and mood of escalating desperation, the movie bears a strong resemblance to Martin Scorsese's Manhattan odyssey, After Hours.
Some fine performances shine through in Joe Maggio's pretentious, credulity-straining dramedy.
It's not surprising that director Joe Maggio got Hal Hartley to score his off-kilter drama. Both upend clichés through a deadpan visual style and mordant performances. As a result, both have had uneven success.
Milk and Honey is the kind of nightmare- in-a-box you might expect if Neil LaBute remade Martin Scorsese's After Hours on a shoestring.
The characters each make their separate ways through Manhattan's cavernous underbelly, that is less milk and honey than a lunatic Dante's Inferno.
Without a single redeeming character or moment that rings true, audiences will likely cheer for all the bad things that happen to this truly reprehensible couple.
The acting is so intriguing, the plot so unpredictable and the imagery so vibrant, the whole thing is compelling from beginning to end.
The contrivances culminate in a melancholy resolution that lends a certain quiet gravity to everything that precedes it, a small grace note that rings surprisingly true.
aims for an After Hours-style, nighttime stew of insanity and coincidence but ends up merely showcasing meaningless lives
Maggio clogs his story with all sorts of serendipitous events but seems uninterested in looking at these chance encounters on any kind of existential or spiritual terms.
Tells the story of an indomitable black woman's dignity and courage as she tries to make a new life for herself.
As a debut feature I might have let it off with a middling review, but as a follow-up to a far better feature, this just doesn't pass muster.
Milk and Honey (very low budget, shot on video, grainy and grassroots) may not be everyone's cup of coffee, but you could do a hell of a lot worse while cruising the indie circuit.
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