With three months left to graduate, Mikey, Manny and Angel Jr. are three private school buddies living the fast life of sex, drugs and hip hop in Miami. The story is narrated by Mikey, who is a top baseball prospect torn between living a clean life to better his chances of making something of himself, and the fast and loose lifestyle he and his friends engage in. Angel has a troubled relationship with his father, the mayor of Coral Gables, and Manny is the son of a convicted drug dealer. The three boys breeze through life as they try and figure out what lies in their future. Executive produced by Andy Garcia, Memoirs is director Aaron J. Salgado's love letter to the city of Miami. Salgado's aerial shots of Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline, as well as shots of Coral Gables during sunsets brings the beauty out of the city in lush and romantic colors. Miami has never looked so effervescent on film. Salgado and cinematographer Gustavo Penna prove that they have an eye for what makes Miami such a tropical paradise. There isn't much substance in the film, but Magic City Memoirs is a decent movie that should at least be seen for its radiant depiction of our city.
Fri., March 11, 6:45 p.m., 2011