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.
I do enjoy Southern Gothic voodoo. I even kind of like Mickey Rourke (though moreso lately than back in the quiet mumbling days). Heck, even DeNiro used to act back in the day, as he sort of does here. So why was this so underwhelming?
Con sentido, llena de estética sureña y atmósfera opresiva.
Sometimes I grow to take films for granted. Everybody knows that Angel Heart is a classic, and it's great. It shows up on many lists, it gets cited for certain famous scenes, we've all seen it. But it's like that old kid's game where you say a word over and over until it doesn't seem to mean anything anymore - (for me, at least) the impact of the thing itself gets lost in the repetition of its reputation. Then one day you decide to give it a long overdue revisit.
Fucking-A, everything about this film is stunning. And that's my review.
Publiqué el 22/02/2015:
Haciendo zapping me topé con "Angel heart" (Parker, 1987), enorme y vibrante thriller sobre demonismo y vudú.
Tiene además dos impresionantes trabajos actorales en los estelares: Robert de Niro y Mickey Rourke llevan sus personajes (cuyos detalles no revelaré en beneficio de quienes no hayan visto la peli) a extremos de gran complejidad y fuerza.
Charlote Rampling y la debutante Lisa Bonet complementan con talento y belleza un reparto notable.
No está de más señalar que pese a moverse en un género que produce demasiada basura, Parker hace un estupendo trabajo en el uso de los recursos clásicos del 'horror movie', aderezado con estupendas secuencias que resaltan un trasfondo psicológico, sexual y religioso, a la vez poderoso…
Alan Parker's Angel Heart is one of those films that substitutes plot for atmosphere and comes out the other end on a zero sum game. A psychological thriller, with elements of horror, more interested in atmosphere than plot is usually a recipe for success, but Parker manages to fumble the film long before its end. The first hour is a lot of enjoyable set-up, an intriguing mystery enlivened by Mickey Rourke's charm (his best performance of the pre-boxing years?), Robert De Niro's over-the-top egg eating and Lisa Bonet's energy. Bonet is particularly effective in this film; I was surprised to see, after looking at her filmography, that she did not do much else of interest. Surprising really.
Unfortunately, entering the…
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.
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