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.
filme fantástico e ao mesmo sinistro. um clássico e Robert DeNiro está sensacional no filme.
I don't hate Mickey Rourke and have enjoyed or not minded him in other features - it's this would-be noir, making a silent shout-out to B&Ws from the '30s through the '50s or so, only in color, that I've always found to be rather boring and small potatoes. It's suitably gothic and dreary for a noir made in the '80s, but there's no real soul or low-key personality to any of it. Imagine if Tim Burton back in the day had this material at his disposal. Dreariness casts but a brief spell before it gets old quickly because there's little else to complement it. Angel just doesn't seem to have an appreciable character or point, DeNiro has a few serpentine moments, but is mostly wasted again.......really, it's the sort of film in the end that just makes me wonder why Lisa Bonet (an already suspect figure) has a career to begin with.
I never realized I wanted to see Lisa Bonet naked until it was already happening.
Fiel a la novela y supongo que más disfrutable sin conocer el desenlace de ésta.
Kind of stupid but also kind of dope.
"this is supposed to be christopher nolans one of those favorite movie"
For whatever reason I thought this was going to be another snoozefest like Meet Joe Black, but it sure as hell wasn't. It's a genuinely nightmarish ride, a sort of film noir in the bayou. The film is very deftly done, combining elements of film noir and Lovecraftian horror to great effect. All in all a very haunting piece of film. And Nic Pizzolatto must surely have watched this before he wrote True Detective.
31 Days of Horror: #24
Angel Heart is a very dark film, but very rich in atmosphere and setting. Like Jacob’s Ladder, the twists in the story keep you guessing until the end.
A genuinely unsettling and, at times, grotesque mystery thriller involving Mickey Rourke, as a private detective, being hired to track down the mysterious Johnny Favourite. The direction is superb, as were the performances from Rourke and De Niro, and there are plenty of scenes (or maybe rather just single, specific horrific images) that have lingered in my mind so I was really with this film up until the end when the plot unravels and it becomes a bit of a chore piecing together the timeline of events that led up to the conclusion. I'm all for a jigsaw puzzle like story but this plot is so convoluted that it has to be disregarded for any enjoyment. Still lots of fun though, seeing 1950's Louisiana on the screen was pretty exciting and the attention to the period detail was exemplary.
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