Snow on tha Bluff (2012)
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No one seems to have a steady job, and there's no shaking the sense of wasted souls in a forsaken sector of society.
Frequently scored to hip-hop heard through car speakers, Bluff's portrait of street life has a grungy off-the-cuff realism that's only compromised by some obviously staged incidents...
Immediate and unrelenting, Snow On Tha Bluff is unlike anything you'll see this year... unless, of course, you live in the Bluff.
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adrenaline rush! Is it real? Im thinking it is and i love it. Made me wanna man up a lil after watching haha :)
Oh man, this is something else. You get the true "fly on the wall" feeling with this so called documentary. The horror genre has many films that used the 'found footage' approach to give a sense of total realism, and although this isn't a found footage film, the approach and feeling is very similar. Curtis Snow steals a hand held camera during a potential drug deal, and from there he has every moment possible of his life filmed. What we see is a first hand account of what life as a robber and drug dealer living in the projects of Atlanta is like. There's no Hollywood polish. There's no intended moral to the story other than what you want to read into it. It just is what it is. The daily struggles of a person who lives a life most of us have no clue about. The highs and lows. The drama and paranoia. The drugs and guns and shots fired. The issues of being a father on top of that. It's all here. And it's a must watch if you ask me.
While it's unclear how much of this story was staged by director Damon Russell, our protagonist Curtis Snow is surely real, and here he is in his element. A drug dealer, a father, and a man ravaged by grief through the deaths of many people he loves, Curtis is the perfect specimen for a faux documentary. This film details the War on Drugs, the real trauma of death, and retaliation between rival gangs via violence and theft. Many of the things shown in this documentary are indicative of the conditions of life in poverty stricken areas, especially "The Bluff," a neighborhood in Atlanta rife with crime and drug dealing. There has never been a depiction as full of depth, or a documentary as real to life, as this portrayal of Snow, a man who has lost many people he loves, yet continues in his life of crime because it's his only means of keeping himself and his son afloat. Very eye-opening and dramatic, this is a must-see for those who haven't experienced a world of disparity.
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