Staten Island (Little New York) (2009)
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Critic Reviews for Staten Island (Little New York)
DeMonaco deserves credit for wanting to do something different. But what starts out as a witty tweak on tired mobster movies eventually collapses into those very same clichés.
The tonal idiosyncrasies may grate early on but things coalesce nicely until the whole thing starts to resemble a diverting short story.
If Staten Island, New York is an ode to what it calls "the forgotten stepchild of Manhattan," it is a barbed and quirky one.
Best is D'Onofrio as a gangster turned environmental activist -- he puts on a white three-piece suit, climbs to the top of a gigantic tree and refuses to come down.
Throughout, first-time director DeMonaco shows a predilection for white-hot patches of lighting, squeezed close-ups, and actor overindulgence.
Audience Reviews for Staten Island (Little New York)
I loved the non-linear story, kudos to the first-time director to making it work. Unfortunately the movie suffers from bad acting (despite some star power) and cringe-worthy dialog, but the unconventional story makes it worthwhile.
Unusual mob movie that doen't stay within the bounds of the typical mob flick, which wont appeal to the masses. Seymour Cassel steals the spot light as a deaf mute butcher with a heart. Love those glasses Vincent.
From the cover, this came off like it was gonna be a serious movie, but was really closer to a comedy. It wasn't terrible, but I feel like they packaged it wrong or something. I was expecting 'the sopranos' or something. Dinofrio, hawk...and the other old guy all get the thumbs up. The movie was off-kilter and in general, I think, just barely missed the target...but I guess good try?
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