5 December 2012 | politomark
I really enjoyed this movie...what a breath of fresh air!
Review of Operation: Get Pinky by Mark Polito: I found out about this interesting and very enjoyable debut film by Matthew Merz from a show called Reel Times hosted by Alex Bove on CCP's cable television station. I love to watch Indy films because they are made by individuals who have a great energy and enthusiasm for film. Their intentions are pure and unadulterated. Even the so-called failures are good because of the love for what they are doing. The show opened with Matt Merz being interviewed by Alex Bove, a professor at Community College. I liked Matt's honesty about the production of the film and his stories involved in the process of getting it completed. I was looking forward to watching the film just by watching him talk about it. The movie came on and I saw a realism in this first effort film that brought me back to the very early films of Martin Scorsese-Who's That Knocking at My Door; Spike Lee-Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We cut Heads; and even early John Cassavetes - Shadows. The film was directed by Matt and written by both he and Chet Johnson. The film opens with Dave Carew (Darnell Coney) coming home from the military to a neighborhood that has changed for the worse since he left it. He just wants to make a decent living and meet a nice girl, maybe even a not-so-nice girl. Earning a living is harder than he thought it was going to be and he sees his old friends who warn him about a drug dealer called Pinky who sells a drug called Pink Powder that is tearing up the neighborhood and its young people. He ends up being forced to work for Pinky and the twists and turns at the end are exciting and for you to see for yourself. Buy the DVD and enjoy it. The film is abundant with what I felt was truthful dialogue, acting, writing and the shots of Philadelphia are beautiful in a very authentic way. I grew up here and so did the director who shows his love for this city in every scene. This movie for me was like watching Scorsese's Mean Streets for the very first time. Kudos to the actors, writers, director and everyone else involved with this first great effort. Looking forward to more movies by these fellows. Thanks guys, keep up the love.