If you live in New York and haven’t seen Good Time yet, there’s a problem. You’ve had since August 11th to catch it in Lincoln Square or Union Square. A couple of good boys (factually—the Safdie brothers) from Queens made an amazing flick that premiered at Cannes, and you're going to do them like that? Well, the film opens wide today and is playing in more theaters across the country, so you have a chance to redeem yourself, see it twice and you’re off the shit list.
The Safdie brothers know film and have made an instant classic. The film is about a bank robbery gone wrong, and is set in-between bookends of anxiety, with a score reminiscent of a fictitious argument between John Carpenter and Giorgio Moroder about who's going to compose a new Dario Argento film. Everything about it is believable. The stress of the escalating situation on screen causes such a claustrophobic environment you can't look away. You keep looking at the pieces at work, the genetics in play creating the believability, the acting, the costumes. The opening scene has character Nick Nikas sitting in South Pole puffer jacket. Did you really just see South Pole on the big screen? Yeah, you did.
That layer of sartorial realism was created by costume designer and Miyako Bellizzi. Bellizzi added her touch of magic to this film with her unwavering unique personal style and knowledge of the ins-and-outs of work-wear brands (wait till you see the double hoodie look on Robert Pattinson). The Bay Area-native blends a mix and match of different "scumbag" looks from all the crooks we know from our neighborhoods, to give a look that hasn't yet existed on screen. I want to say I didn't know it was her costume work for the effect and saw her name in the title cards and just had to reach out. But we’ve been friends for years and I was still blown away.
Below, we get to know Bellizzi, while she styles OC-staffers Tony Valentine (Queens native), Andres Figueroa, and Tyler Kawaguchi in a Good Time-inspired shoot. Bellizzi even wanted to keep the store sensors on, because these characters would never pay for shit.