We typically enjoy a very low-key New Years. Doing as little as possible has become a tradition here at 27th Street. New Years started for us with take-out from a local Thai take-out joint here in Long Branch called Thai by the Lake. This is a fairly new business in our community. I really like the people there – and the take-out is tasty and dependable.
Tuffy P had a DVD ready for some after-dinner movie watching. It was a 2015 film called Tangerine, written and directed by Sean Baker. I guess you could call it a Christmas Eve comedy, but it’s not your usual Christmas fare.
The film is set in Hollywood, but not the fancy-pants star-studded Hollywood. The star is a tranny hooker named Sin-Dee Rella, played by Kitana Kiki Rogreguez. It’s Christmas Eve, she’s been in the slammer for 28 days, and when she emerges back to the streets, Sin-Dee discovers that her pimp/boyfriend Chester has been cheating on her. Sin-Dee is not amused.
Mya Taylor plays Sin-Dee’s best friend Alexandra. James Ransone plays Chester, who works as a pimp and small-time dope dealer out of a donut shop. Karren Karaguilian plays a cab driver named Razmik, a character interwoven into the story.
Here is the official trailor….
I loved this film. Great story, great acting, fantastic cinematography. I read it was shot entirely on an iphone! Tangerine is raw, hilarious, touching – a crazy romp through a side of Hollywood we don’t usually see. One of the top films of 2015!