It's unavoidable that Ryan Prows' new film Lowlife will get compared to Quentin Tarantino's watershed Pulp Fiction. Like Pulp, Lowlife is a film told in a series of interconnected short stories, all centering around a group of outsiders and would-be criminals, often punctuated by shocking moments of violence. These comparisons will be made because of surface similarities and because a large number of writers and critics are unoriginal. At least Lowlife comes by the comparisons honestly, not because it feels like some mid-'90s imitation but because it's a terrific movie, well made and unpredictable, and announces the arrival of a genuinely exciting new filmmaker.
Lowlife is out in limited release and on iTunes/VOD from IFC Midnight.