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I Like Killing Flies

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I Like Killing Flies

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
79 minutes
Limited Release Date:
07/28/06
performer:
Eve Shopsin, Kenny Shopsin, Calvin Trillin
director:
Matt Mahurin
distributor:
THINKFilm
genre:
Documentary

We gave it a B+

The bug murderer in I Like Killing Flies, Matt Mahurin’s flavorful snack of a documentary, is Kenny Shopsin, whose Greenwich Village hole-in-the-wall eatery, Shopsin’s, predates the storefront of Seinfeld‘s Soup Nazi by decades as a cult-fave place to get good food and piquant abuse. Before the joint was relocated a few blocks away to outfox a rent hike, Mahurin — an artist and habitué — hung out stoveside, soaking up Shopsin-esque flavor with a video camera and a peyote button of a mic that often appears in the frame. The result is an unabashedly home-cooked homage to New York eccentricity.