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.
Did you see The Ninth Gate? Enjoy it until the camp set in? Watch this film. Rourke in top form during his 80's reign as a private investigator sent after a voodoo loving crooner who made a deal and couldn't keep his end of it. Though in disguise as a New York-based thriller, it's a slick southern noir that makes no compromises in terms of showing the dirty and gritty. Also, Lisa Bonet is perfect in every way.
I bought this movie on DVD something like 4 years ago, but I never bothered to watch it due to some dark reason I can't really fathom. Today, thanks to my recent satanic vibes, I decided it was finally time to see DeNiro as the Devil.
The movie was pretty different from what I had expected. It is mostly an investigation flick, that reminded me a lot of Chinatown and The Ninth Gate. The first two acts dragged a little too much in my opinion, and there are too many characters, so it was a little bit confusing. The final act picks up right on time though. It is a brilliant wrap around and a fantastic plot twist. Mickey Rourke…
I didn't know it was going to be this good.
It has really surprising moments, and is a very well made movie with some classic use of cuts and powerful scoring. Shots are distinctively composed which creates a very dark, ideal atmosphere to the story.
Young Mickey Rourke sure looked and sounded like Bruce Willis.
Film #25 of the "Scavenger Hunt #3" Challenge!
Angel Heart is an adaptation from the novel Falling Angel, written by William Hjortsberg, about a private investigator who is hired by a client named Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro), to investigate the whereabouts & actions of a World War veteran known as Johnny Favorite, who suffered psychological trauma resulting from injuries he received in World War II. Favorite's disorder disrupted a legal contract with Cyphre resulting in lost money and he believes that the hospital where Favorite was treated, aided & abetted the sabotage of the contract agreement.
Harry Angel, played by Mickey Rourke agrees to take on Cyphre’s case, despite something just not being right with him.
This was actually better than I had anticipated. Even though you kind of see the ending coming from the first five minutes, it doesn't spoil the overall experience. Rourke is in fine form and De Niro is at his creepiest. The overall feel of the movie is pretty eerie and some scenes are downright disturbing. As far as I'm concerned it's a must-see.
Pretty kick ass all around noirish horror. Still works extremely well even for an 80s movie set in the 50s. Mickey Rourke´s acting peak seems to be right around the time when this came out, considering he made "Barfly" the same year.
I´ve seen lots of movies lately that don´t seem to know where to go with the twist-ending shit (the somewhat similar "Jacob´s Ladder" comes to mind). This could be the shining example of how to do it right, it´s still kinda like two big twists in the end but they´re both great, nasty twists.
Really, all i can bring myself to bitch about are the cheesy glowing eyes near the end but that would be nitpicking. Check this out if you haven´t already. Properbly worth it just for De Niro alone.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This was originally a 5 star film for me. But after what I believe is my fourth time watching it, this time with the mindset of a critic and an analyst, I found it to be almost perfect rather than perfect. A couple small annoyances really, but I have a very high standard for 5 star films. 4 1/2 is no joke regardless, this is a damn good film. Time to discuss why I think so.
The film opens with a black background and white opening text. We can barely hear the whispers of some unknown entity whispering, "Johnny". Fade in to an alleyway covered in snow during what looks like the winter season. Everything about it seems cold, save…
This film does not shy away from escalating in insanity as it goes along, and everyone is on the same page when it comes to that. The acting, directing, and writing are hyper and lurid, never trying to become anything grand or important, just entertaining. I know see why Pacino took on Devil's Advocate 10 years later.
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