Ms .45

Ms .45 ★★★★★

Gimme a bullet to bite on and I’ll make believe it’s you. Abel Ferrara is a prankster at this point in his career, seeing just how many buttons he can push and how many bridges he can burn down, but he does so with a real attention to the kinds of fires he wants to start. In Woody Allen’s Manhattan (1979) there’s an image of young love with the Queensboro bridge in frame accompanied with the kind of music Woody Allen likes, and Ferrara recreates the image in Ms. 45 but makes it a violent one, as if to say this is my New York City. This is a film for the litter that people ignore, the bugs people step on, and for the lives that have been ruined by people who don’t pay attention to the kinds of fires they want to start.

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