"A bullet's kiss is a cold way to meet betrayal." Thus begins Dark Streets
, and that line, spoken in a bluesy rasp by Prince (Toledo), the film's narrator, and the dark slow-motion imagery that accompanies it, sets the tone for Dark Streets
, director Rachel Samuels' hyper-stylized musical-noir pastiche. DP Sharone Meir's images are blurred at the edges, as though they were shot through a veil of smoke and Vaseline. Samuels successfully sets a mood, surrounding her main character, Chaz Davenport (Gabriel Mann), with a rogue's gallery of underhanded oddballs and dangerous women. Toledo, as one of the performers at Chaz's nightclub, gives a fresh and chari...