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Cash Only: Where Hope and Livable Apartments are in Equally Short Supply

Want to avoid foreclosure. Look, nobody wants to sound like Marie Antoinette, but the financial crisis has been widely used as a pretext to shield the irresponsible from their due consequences. Elvis Martini is a perfect example. There is no situation he cannot make demonstrably worse in Malik Bader’s Cash Only Martini is the owner-super of a rather rundown apartment complex in metro Detroit’s Albanian-immigrant neighborhood. He is about to lose the property to foreclosure because all his income has gone to service the vig he foolishly took on from a local loan shark. Most of his tenants are even more down-on-their luck than he is, but at least they mostly pretend to feel bad about it. Rolexa is a hardcase exception. Long past due on her rent, the street walker is openly contemptuous of Martini and conspicuously neglectful of her young son. Having had more than enough of her, Martini locks her out and plans to sell what he can to cover her past rent. Obviously, that is an incredibly bad long-term decision. Before long, Rolexa turns up dead and Martini’s daughter Lena has been kidnapped, forcing him to launch a desperate fund-raising scheme. Believe it or not, Cash Only might play better outside of the City precisely because we are so profoundly real estate-obsessed here. Since most of us are so familiar with the challenges of apartment hunting, we will want to see how Martini deals with the aftermath of his big con, but those scenes are not there to be seen. Be that as it may, Martini will have viewers pulling out their hair due to general vexation with his short-sightedness, regardless of what city they live in. Man, when you are in a hole that deep, stop digging. Granted, there is something tragically realistic about his self-defeating behavior, up to a point, but someone as street smart as he should know better than taking money stolen from the Albanian mob. Still, Bader and screenwriter-lead actor Nickola Shreli give us a vivid sense of this deeply depressed Wayne County setting and it isn’t pretty. Frankly, it makes stealing from organized crime look reasonable, because what’s to lose. desperately wants to be considered “relevant,” but it is really just a reflection of some admittedly dreadful localized circumstances. The local color is compelling, but the whole time viewers will be wondering hasn’t he seen A Simple Plan. Source: J.B. Spins

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    Cash Only is the third feature length motion picture from director Malik Bader, whose past work on the 2006 mock-documentary Street Thief cemented his status as a contemporary auteur of metropolitan crime. Violence and depravity wend their way 

  • Review: 'Cash Only': Repaying a Crook, When Things Turn Gritty

    05/12/16 ,via New York Times

    Stivi Paskoski, left, and Nickola Shreli in Malik Bader's “Cash Only.” Credit Christos Moisides/FilmBuff. I must have breathed while watching “Cash Only.” But it sure felt as if I didn't. This brutal and severe film has that effect. The intensity


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  • This 'Cash Only' Exclusive Clip Would Like To Educate You On Many Types Of Marijuana

    05/13/16 ,via Indiewire

    Malik Bader picked up best director accolades at last year's genre-facing Fantasia Film Festival for his sharp indie crime feature, "Cash Only," which apparently features a whole lot of marijuana and some very colorful characters. The film follows Elvis ...

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    Malik Bader, the director and also an actor in the movie, has created a focused piece of art. Driving the film is the desperation of feeling alone, poor and helpless. As Elvis Martini (or Visi, as he is known to his fellow Albanians) wanders through his ...

  • Albanian Hell is Cold in 'Cash Only'

    05/12/16 ,via PopMatters

    Sadder still though, is the loss of his wife, which seems to hang over Martini like a storm cloud. Cash Only, which is directed by Malik Bader (who also plays a pot-growing tenant, aptly named Kush) and written by Nickola Shreli (who plays Martini), drips ...


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