I saw this cool little movie, "Budget Liquor" at L.I.F.E. (the Long Island International Film Expo), and what I found was one of the most wonderful, good natured, and oddly inspiring short films that I've ever seen. Morgan Miller's film follows the daily antics of a most charismatic Liquor store owner, who loves to rant and rave about anything and everything, I wish I could remember all the phrases and qoutes this guy comes up with ! (which reminds of "The Cruise" in a way, made by another Miller, but I think I liked this film better). Photographed entirely in Black & White, "Budget Liquor" is like a nostologic throwback to the 1970's in many ways, its as if the main subject here is the leftover of another decade, living in his own little world - this long haired, bearded Liquor Store owner drives 1970's style corvettes, his store is decorated with pictures of Richard Nixon and Jerry Garcia, plus the film's soundtrack ! (a good blend of yesteryear-sounding rock tunes). My only complaint is that 18 minutes, its too short, I felt like I could watch this guy forever. But then again, maybe the length is why it works so well ? I'm not sure. But If you can find it at a festival near you, its well worth it.
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