'R Xmas

'R Xmas ★★★

for all the talk of Biggie’s cinematic-like narratives, there’s been zero talk of adapting them ever, although it’s hard to imagine anyone could do better than this, Abel’s completely unintentional riff on “Me and My Bitch.” Squarely set on the Xmas btwn Dinkins and Guli, thing is littered with pre-Guli NYC details like unhinged dirty cops and squeegee men and most anything else you’d find in the lyrics of Ready to Die. Bonus points to Abel for somehow making this happen on cheap DV, conjuring a star turn from Adriana, getting it in under 80 mins and making time to fold in a goddamn remake of Jingle All the Way