Director: Abel Ferrara
Leading Actors: Christopher Walken, David Caruso, Wesley Snipes, Giancarlo Esposito, Steve Buscemi
NYC Neighborhoods Featured: Midtown

Christopher Walken's the right man for the job in King of New York. Abel Farrera's $5 million-indie feels charming and strange next to big-budget gangster exercises like Scarface, though both are beloved by rap (Biggie called himself the black Frank White, after Walken's character). Though the women, drugs, and money are present and accounted for, the characters tick with small, strange quirks and, whether intentional or not, the filmmaking often finds offbeat, atonal moments. Just like Christopher Walken zigzagging his way through a sentence with a set of inflections never before uttered, King of New York is a crime drama with a rhythm all its own. The Plaza Hotel's never seen such oddities. —BG