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.
In revisiting this 1987 film after all these years so many things become apparent that I had either forgotten, or simply missed all those years ago. What a film! The cinematography and atmosphere are wonderful – lovely upshot images that make everything look taller and somehow further away – almost surreal, which is apropos to this unique story.
What struck me upon this viewing was how it paid homage to the noir classic, Chinatown in so many ways. Both involve a fast talking private dick who gets hired to look into something that is really just a feint to get at something much more important. In a scene at Cooney Island, private eye Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke) is given a…
Very weird, but I like it. Mickey Rourke is fun. Shares a lot in common with Inherent Vice (guy looking for someone, things go awry, characters have weird names, likely to improve on rewatches). But wow the end twist is really dumb.
O meu predileto do diretor Alan Parker, um filme noir hipnótico, repleto de simbolismos e com ótimas performances de Robert De Niro e Mickey Rourke. continua no meu Top 10 de filmes inesquecíveis.
That is how a story be well told.
So, after putting myself in a weird emotional state last night, thanks to the power of harmless and delightful romantic comedies (don't ask), I decided to nuke that fucker right out of my cerebellum with a modern Faustian gore/noir fest featuring Mickey Rouke and Lisa Bonet.
Fortunately, I happened across Angel Heart in my extensive DVD collection and, as it seemed to fit the bill, popped it in the tray.
It's still as awesome as the first time I saw it - the chickens are just as freaky as ever, Lisa Bonet is still totes gorge, and HIS NAME IS ... oh, screw it, no spoilers.
Totally holds up on its second viewing and it's even better on a second time around.
A forgotten suspense thriller from the 1980's. Why?
Angel Heart is eons away from some films of that crazy decade which are remembered and revered today. The direction is perfect. The guy who directed The Wall goes from something like that to a movie like this? Who would have thought? Alan Parker does it all. Delusion-like sequences playing on shadows, film noir-esque shots playing on the (cinematographic convenient) rain, awesome action packed fight scenes, and great drama playing on fantastic actors. Mickey Rourke acting not for a paycheck, Robert De Niro probably acting for a paycheck but still bringing it equals a great two man ensemble. Parker gets everything from these two and then some. The screenplay, also done by…
Alan Parker is that most contradictory of characters, the journeyman auteur. In a career spanning four decades he has made a film in almost every conceivable genre, from musicals (Bugsy Malone) to prison dramas (Midnight Express), and from war films (Birdy) to offbeat comedies (The Road to Wellville). While the results have not always been cohesive or agreeable, when he is on form he achieves that rare balance of distinctive directorial vision and respectful treatment of a given story.
After working with Peter Gabriel on Birdy, the film which launched the career of Matthew Modine, Parker turned his hand to film noir in the form of Angel Heart. Based loosely on the novel Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg, it combines…
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