Belly

Belly

I was worried I'd have to write a lot here, happily I can just direct you to Nick Pinkerton's 2014 essay about this film and Hype Williams which says everything I would have said and more

www.filmcomment.com/blog/bombast-belly-hype-williams/

and say that it's genuinely a crime against culture that Hype Williams has not been able to or has not been allowed to direct any more films.

Oh, and I guess I can expand a bit on what Pinkerton says about Belly's action sequences: they are brilliant, and especially notable for being the opposite of the Mannian precision that characterises even the most "stylised" action nowadays (John Wick etc). It's nice to imagine what might have happened if this dark, strobelit, impressionistic approach to people shooting each other on screen had been more influential.

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