Here's something for classic film and TV show fans. Razmik, the Armenian cab driver, has several characters in his backseat during a typical work day. One customer is a boozed up senior citizen yammering on about his Cherokee name. That actor is -- Clu Gulager. When we baby boomers were kids, Clu Gulager was a popular face seen regularly on network TV westerns like The Virginian in addition to modern day drama and cop shows. He has an extensive list of TV credits and is a definite Hollywood veteran.
TANGERINE was a hit at the Sundance Film Festival and had a limited national release last summer. I saw it on Netflix. I recommend taking a walk on the wild side with Sin-Dee and Alexandra on Christmas Eve. See what happens when Sin-Dee tracks down Chester, the pimp who broke her heart. Make it a double feature night and follow it with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, the highly entertaining 2005 crime thriller from Shane Black that has an openly gay detective on the case of a Christmastime murder in Hollywood. That one stars Val Kilmer and Robert Downey Jr.
Director/writer Sean Baker deserves big applause for taking two unknown actresses and guiding them through solid performances that pop impressively on the big screen. Rated R and running only 90 minutes, I enjoyed TANGERINE very much.