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Every now and then I come across the occasional amazing movie worth recommending. This film is highly recommended for those who enjoy human drama in shades of grey. There's no good guy/bad guy thing happening here. It's people dealing with the hand that destiny has given them, and trying to find their way. It is full of emotional honesty and plausibility that you can buy into.

The movie is a coming-of-age drama about a boy growing up in Astoria, N.Y., during the 1980s. In a series of flashbacks we see the young Dito, his parents, his four closest friends, and his girl Laurie, as each tries to navigate family, race, loyalty, sex, coming of age, violence, and wanting out. As his family becomes ill, and his friends end up dead, on drugs or in prison, he comes to believe he has been saved from their fate by various so-called saints, and returns home to Astoria, Queens, after a 15-year absence. The story is based on the memoirs of director Dito Montiel.


1) Native New Yorker (Odyssey)
2) Welcome Back (John Sebastian)
3) Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Elton John with Kiki Dee)
4) Baby Come Back (Player)
5) My Maria (BW Sevenson)
6) Moments in Love (Art of Noise)
7) Trouble (Cat Stevens)
8) Rock and Roll (Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground)
9) A Sunny Stroll (Jake Pushinsky)
10) An Evening Under the Tracks (Daniel Hulsizer)
11) Brother Louie (The Stories)
12) Baker Street (Garry Rafferty)
13) New York Groove (Ace Freeley of KISS)

It was suggested that I upload the very hard-to-find soundtrack, so here it is:


1 comment:

Abid said...

Thanks for this! I'm not too sure about this Shia Le Couf guy and his sudden rise to fame, but the soundtrack looks top notch.