Ralph Breaks the Internet
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
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Laughs, romance, and even something of an adventure flower in Lane's New York.
The interplay between Lane and his real-life daughter Nicole Alysia-who plays the foundling-is touchingly tender.
Charles Lane's follies are enmeshed within bigger pictures of reality, reestablishing the film's thesis of comedy as a mode of survival.
This lively forgotten film, which says so much without speaking, is certainly worthy of DVD salvation. Criterion, are you listening?
While there is rioting happening over a taxi on Wall Street, things are much more peaceful a couple miles north as a homeless street artist(Charles Lane, who also wrote and directed) plies his trade while waiting for the IFC Center to open. As he observes the world going by, he also witnesses a brutal murder in an alley. During which, he shields an infant girl(Nicole Alysia) from danger.
First off, I applaud Charles Lane trying to do something different by doing something retro where he gives the homeless characters the only spoken words of "Sidewalk Stories." And I am always a sucker for views of a bygone New York City, in this case, from a movie made in 1989. However, there is also the sad irony of a film steeped in realism having a story, especially involving one incident, that does not really ring true at the same time.
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