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…
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…
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.
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.
Excellently disturbing. A worthwhile one time watch.
Long walk off short pier.
It's a circular journey,
But one worth taking.
Phew, that ending.
What did I just watch?
A lowkey and atmospheric detective story, Angel Heart blends film noir with the supernatural and keeps you guessing long after you've seen it coming. Harry Angel is a detective in the cold and dirty streets of New York in 1955. Tasked by a mysterious man to take up a missing persons case, he travels to New Orleans where things take a turn he never expected.
Not only is Mickey Rourke amazing in this film, but everything from the music to the locations to the cinematography is working to keep you grounded in the period and focused on the story naturally without benefit of overdone set pieces or nostalgia. The script does take a left turn towards the end with so…
Gorgeous, moody, and witchy black magick neo-noir that doesn't make a lick of sense in hindsight and completely jumps the rails during the climax. I liked how Parker drags once hinted sex and violence in classier golden age gumshoe outings into the sopping, full-frontal, gore splattered lurid light. And I liked the dose of occult weirdness and oddball flourishes, like the sunglasses nose guard and Coney Island beach lounger who bites the heads off chickens. Sure, New Orleans seems like a straight up cartoon stuffed with voodoo dances and chicken sacrifices and jazz clubs and dancing urchins and fat sweaty "Looseiana" cops and prattling street cars on every corner. And the spooky plunge into some made-up warped underbelly of African…
Perfecte combinació de noir i horror; fantàstics escenaris de Nova York i Nova Orleans; un dels millors papers de Rourke; captivadora atmòsfera; bons diàlegs... i jo encara no havia descobert aquesta maravella.
Great mix of noir and horror; great settings of New York and New Orleans; one of the best roles of Rourke; charming atmosphere; great dialog.... and I have not yet discovered until now such marvel.
Mickey Rourke is easily becoming one of my favorite actors.
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
A blend of personal favorites and films that I consider to be the "greatest." Top two-hundred is definitive. Only 1940-2015.