Uncut Gems

Uncut Gems ★★★★★

A Cassavetes style laser focused downward character spiral featuring the Sandman and Safdies vibing on the same nervous energy wavelength. Even though it costs like $10 for an apple in New York City nowadays, street level weirdos still mill about in ungentrified pockets. Times Square might look like an outdoor mall, but crime still lurks behind high rise offices and Long Island mansions. I love the world Gems builds full of actual gamblers, living Diamond District cartoons, neon grime, and rough faces worn by constant hustle. Exhausting, but exhilarating like scrambling through a city sized Mouse Trap® board. When the credits rolled, I wanted to buy a ticket and take the mad ride all over again!

Shout out to Eric Bogosian and Julia Fox for holding their own against a loud and large and perfect Sandler performance. One gets the sense his gambling addiction has exhausted concerned friends and family, and they've seen this behavior too many sad times. The synth drenched cosmic score ratchets tension to a beautiful seat tearing pitch. Believe the hype. Jewish Scarface rips so hard it made me homesick for Tri-State scuzz.

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