The passionate idealism of filmmaker Jim McKay‘s first film, “Girls Town”, gave way to the spirited but serious “Our Song”. McKay’s latest movie is “Everyday People”, airing tomorrow on HBO. His best film yet, “People” is a sincere study of a group of Brooklyn residents dealing with changes, in their neighborhood and in their own lives as favorite local restaurant “Raskins” faces the wrecking ball to make way for a new corporate development.
In a generally positive review in today’s New York Times, Alessandra Stanley takes a close look at the movie, offering an at times problematic analysis:
The movie, shown last winter at the Sundance Film Festival, is a paean to pregentrified urban life in all its shapes, ages and colors. And that alone can be a turnoff. Affluent New Yorkers, particularly those who live in Brooklyn, can turn tiresomely lyrical about their run-down, multicultural neighborhoods, reveling competitively in the authenticity of dollar stores, bodegas, Caribbean beauty parlors and graffiti-covered walls as they turn up their noses at middle-class improvement. At times the movie’s nostalgia