A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
Harry Angel has been hired in seach for the truth. Pray he doesn't find it.
The down-and-out private detective Harry Angel is ordered, by a mysterious man named Louis Cyphre, to go on a mission to find a missing person. His routine failure soon leads to a bloody spur with himself as Harry Angel goes on a supernatural journey into his soul.
Written and directed by British maverick Alan Parker (‘Midnight Express’, ‘Pink Floyd The Wall’, ‘Mississippi Burning’) adapted from the novel ‘Falling Angel’ by William Hjortsberg ‘Angel Heart’ is a mystery pastiche of hardboiled detective film noir and psychological supernatural occult horror.
Very stylish the movie is dripping in atmosphere with shocking imagery, wonderful cinematography and an excellent blues/jazz soundtrack. It is chock full of great highly memorable scenes thanks to a tight script and innovative direction and a career best turn from Mickey Rourke in a breath-taking performance playing the character of a seedy, unpleasant and shabby looking private detective. The ever-brilliant Robert De Niro supports Rourke greatly and when the two are on screen together, it is an awe-inspiring…
Alan Parker is one of Britain's most accomplished directors, but apparently unknown to a lot of our overseas LB'ers. He has missed the odd step or two in a film career than was kicked off by the musical Bugsy Malone back in 1976, but when he's on song he makes appealing films that have straddled many genres. Both Mississippi Burning and The Commitments are five star films that capture both the racial hatred of the Deep South and the jet black comedy of Ireland's working class. He's done it all, and although Angel Heart may rank 4th or 5th in his canon of work, it's still a creepy horror mystery with some uncomfortable scenes and two stand out…
Perfectly paced and with a language, scenario and performances worthy of a good deceitful and dangerous noir, Parker directs a chilling puzzle thriller with scary demonic aspects one year before Mississippi Burning (1988). Set in a 1950s Brooklyn, Mickey Rourke plays private detective Harry Angel, who is hired by a mysterious man, Louis Cyphre, to investigate the whereabouts of Johnny Favorite, supposedly because of a personal debt that he has with Cyphre. The only task of Angel consists in reporting anything he can find about Johnny Favorite, whether he is alive or dead, and if he is alive, where. Things begin to turn nasty and disturbingly ritualistic as Angel's investigation goes deeper.
With an assaulting imagery and an unprecedented genre…
This is one of them films where you appreciate more after seeing it a couple times.
I love Alan Parker's direction with the dark shadows and moody feel. This film is a piece of art.
Mickey Rourke is perfect to play this character and does a good job in doing so. In the late 80's he was a good looking/smooth man, so what on earth happened to you Mickey after 10 years or so.
I have seen this plenty of times through the years and it still never fails.
Wonder if Robert D N and Paul Newman had a competition to see who can eat the most eggs.
At the point where the name Louis Cyphre appears on screen/is said, I just gave up. This is a film that is utterly absurd. I enjoyed it, for the most part, though I am not sure it ever once made any sense at all. It's one of those films that portrays a New Orleans that only exists in the minds of people who've seen it on television, and that's fine as far as it goes. It feels like the actors are at least rolling with it, and the hamminess just adds to the charm more than distract from anything. There's not much to distract from.
There are hints, here and there, of a racial message in the film, but it…
Ever since I joined Letterboxd, I've looked at films differently. Normally I'd see a film based on a director before anything else, but last night I went back to my old ways. Actors used to draw me to the theatre and these actors made me give this one a shot. Mickey Rourke and Robert De Niro haven't done a whole lot lately so I thought I should check out this Netflix recommendation.
I've never heard of the director and honestly that's not a bad thing. This film is one part detective story while the other is more supernatural in nature. De Niro's character is very important to the film as part of the mystery that surrounds Rourke. There are subtle hints as to what's going on if you pay attention. A lot of these hints went right over my head during my first watch.
A decent mystery that shows its age, but its still entertaining enough.
Mickey Rourke is Keyser Soze. Alan Parker is pretty tacky director. The music is so over the top it becomes ridiculous. The cross cutting (while technically proficient) is also way too dramatic it becomes laughable. I liked the detective story but it lost its steam in the third act.
"No matter how cleverly you sneak up on a mirror, your reflection always looks you straight in the eye."- Louis Cyphere
Angel Heart is one of those films I've been interested in seeing for quite some time. The main reason is because it has Robert De Niro. I was a bit disappointed that De Niro's role was pretty small, but he made the most of it. Mickey Rourke is fantastic in the lead role though so he helps to makes up for De Niro's limited screen time. The film is wonderfully shot and has a fittingly atmospheric score which gives the whole thing a nice feel. I enjoyed the story too. Angel Heart is a good film that I'd definitely recommend. 7.5/10
Dark, baroque gauzy occult thriller. An odd gem.
Wow, I really thought I was going to like this one. Not much to say about Angel Heart, the idea was cool but the execution was quite the opposite.
Oedipus Rex revisited. Even down to Sophocles own punch line on wisdom.
How good was Mickey Rourke ! And De Niro actually acting and not not just pulling De Niro faces, he'so creepy in this moody, noir.
I first watched this film on first release in the eighties. Though I figured out the plot straight away, back then I did not appreciate it's beauty. But having rewatched it today, I can't but admire how well it is shot and acted. There are so many plot devices to write about. He always handles the murder weapon that will be used for the next murder. Why do fans move and then stop, why is the camera on them?
I always thought Mickey Rourke had some acting chops, but he was sort of typecast as the tough thuggish fellow. In this he is tough, but he very vulnerable.
It is about a gumshoe, who is hired to verify if a patient is still really staying at a hospital. I liked Alan Parker's approach to this film. It is a supernatural thriller that takes it on like noir film. As if Mickey Spilane were put in the Serpant and the Rainbow. The film has many dark scenes that hearkens films like Double Indemnity and Psycho. The score maybe slightly flawed, however. Some of the music that would cause the mood of tensity is misplaced at times.
Robert DeNiro and Lisa Bonet are great as supporting cast. Overall a great noir thriller with an interesting ending.
What's it about? Set in the 1950s, shabby PI Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke) is employed by a mysterious client (Robert De Niro) to track down missing singer Johnny Favourite, but there's more to the case than first meets the eye
Is it any good? An enjoyable and interesting spin on the PI genre, which stands up pretty well to repeat viewing even when you know the revelations to come. Parker's atmospheric direction proves fitting as the story starts to shift from mystery-thriller to something more supernatural (although the less said about the silly eyes at the end, the better). Mostly, though, it 's a chance to see just why Mickey Rourke was a big deal back in the day. A…
"They say there's enough religion in the world to make men hate each other, but not enough to make them love."
OK, question: Why doesn't this movie get talked about more? I mean, why doesn't this GODDAMN MASTERPIECE get talked about at all?!
What a creepy, engrossing, haunting bloody good ride this movie is! I was floored by the patience by which it told its story, its dark and mysterious tone as well as by its great performances and gothic set pieces. It's dark, brooding and unsettling from the outset and, like a good mystery, never tips its hand until the whopper of an ending. Paced perfectly and masterful in its use of visuals, editing and music, this is pretty…
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