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Director Art Jones' rhapsodic elegy in images is haunted by the spirit of 9/11 nd the memory of a New York unblemished by chain stores, theme restaurants and anonymous luxury high-rise apartment buildings. Aging loan shark Hugo (Victor Argo) has seen a lot of things change, and he doesn't like any of them. His daughter lies comatose in a hospital bed, he...read more

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Director Art Jones' rhapsodic elegy in images is haunted by the spirit of 9/11 nd the memory of a New York unblemished by chain stores, theme restaurants and anonymous luxury high-rise apartment buildings. Aging loan shark Hugo (Victor Argo) has seen a lot of things change, and he doesn't like any of them. His daughter lies comatose in a hospital bed, he can't find good leg-breakers anymore and his jaywalking skills have abandoned him; he keeps being surprised by buses he should have seen coming three blocks away. He's having weirdly vivid visions of Archie (Jordan Lage), the old pal he killed years ago, and his beloved New York is vanishing in a clatter of wrecking balls. Shot in the 12 months following 9/11, Jones' love letter to New York is an insider's game through and through; it takes a true New Yorker of a certain age (someone who saw the World Trade Center go up and remembers the skyline before it did) to pick up the piercing sorrow beneath the sentimental pathos of a line like, "Sure those towers were ugly... but there were two of them. They had each other." And it's hard to imagine anyone other than the late Argo, a Bronx-born character actor who lent authentic color to films by Jim Jarmusch, Martin Scorsese and Abel Ferrara, making the hardboiled poesy of Hugo's stream-of-consciousness voice-over even remotely credible. But the film's woozy, digital-video gorgeousness is undeniable, and the glittering shots from atop the Brooklyn Bridge could make a tough guy weep.

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  • Released: 2003
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Director Art Jones' rhapsodic elegy in images is haunted by the spirit of 9/11 nd the memory of a New York unblemished by chain stores, theme restaurants and anonymous luxury high-rise apartment buildings. Aging loan shark Hugo (Victor Argo) has seen a lot… (more)

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