Almost all the Indian and Asian clothes and collectible knickknacks in Special are priced between $1 and $40, making it one of the few truly affordable stores on inflationary Bedford Avenue. Numerous Jade plants, butterfly-shaped objects, and blowfish swimming in glass bowls give the store a new-agey feel, without making it seem flaky. Their homemade cards make for good gifts.
That superhero triumphalism continues to dominate Hollywood is a peculiar trend in our pop-cultural history, but it makes the trickle down into character-driven, low-budget Sundance indies almost inevitable. In Special, a meek meter reader with... More »