DVD Den | Brooklyn’s Finest

6 07 2010

by Kam Williams

Griity NYPD Crime Caper Comes to DVD 
This gruesome splatter flick directed by Antoine Fuqua trades in profanity, ethnic slurs and gratuitous violence in service of a high attrition-rate crime whodunit designed for the blood sport demo. What makes the film unique is its triangulated plotline which keeps its three strands fairly insulated from each other until the dramatic conclusion when the protagonists’ paths finally cross. Read the rest of this entry »

Reel Shorts | Brooklyn’s Finest

7 03 2010

In recent years, Boston has provided the backdrop for a number of gritty crime capers set in tight-knit communities, intimate character-driven dramas such as “Mystic River” (2003), “The Departed” (2006), “Gone Baby Gone” (2007) and “What Doesn’t Kill You” (2008). By comparison, New York contributions to the genre tend to more action-oriented and revolve around crooked cops rather than folks from the ‘hood. Just think of “16 Blocks” (2006), “Righteous Kill” (2008) and “Pride and Glory” (2008). Read the rest of this entry »