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To Live and Die in L.A.
A federal agent is dead. A killer is loose. And the City of Angels is about to explode.
In director William Friedkin's supercharged thriller, William L. Petersen plays a "hot dog" special agent of the Secret Service who's out to arrest and convict an arrogant counterfeiter (William Dafoe) who has eluded the law for years and who flaunts his success. Dafoe has been asking for a down payment on a sale of bogus bills, but the amount is larger than the secret can authorize Petersen, undercover, to pay to entrap Dafoe in a "sting" operation. Petersen is forced to set up a dangerous plan to steal the advance money from another crook (John Turturro) and use it to buy bogus bills and bust the counterfeiter.As the film winds to its dark and exciting resolution, the distinction between the pursuing law enforcers and the pursued criminals will continue to blur.
"Guess what? Uncle Sam don't give a shit about your expenses. You want bread, fuck a baker."
Removed from the partnering of the other stylish cop picture featuring William Petersen (Manhunter) and whatever feeling you have about Wang Chung (it's probably wrong), this sleaze jam is as deserving of the praise now being bestowed on the first film in tonight's Friedkin double bill: Sorcerer.
Friedkin's continual fascination of the internal struggle between good & evil roars through the grimy & steamy haze of Los Angeles. Petersen's Richard Chance is a thrill junkie, stretching each case, bust, and interpersonal relationship to a breaking point; his nemesis, Willem Dafoe's Rick Masters is an icy artist/counterfeiter who never makes a false move. The image of…
Decades Project: 2/8 of the 80's
"You're working for me now."
Los Angeles. They call it the city of angels, but when dedication turns into obsession the angels protecting the city from its demons begin to look like demons themselves. Richard Chance will do anything it takes to catch the criminal counterfeiter responsible for the death of his last partner—even if it means stealing the money he needs and becoming a criminal himself.
Impeccably minimalist photography (wide angle, long take) from Robby Muller, who would go on to work regularly with greats like Jim Jarmusch, Lars Von Trier, and Wim Wenders. Meticulously crafted montages (evocative cuts, artistic arrangements) which drive the action forward and highlight the contrast between cop and…
Wang Chung: a Chinese expression roughly translating to, "Impose your nihilistic world-view on a cliché-ridden 80s law enforcement procedural, punch-it up with shocking, arthouse cutting and artful use of sound."
Dafoe: Belgian-Congolese for "the foe"
William Petersen: who's he again?
Friedkin car chases > other car chases, because in a Friedkin film everyone's already careening wildly toward death; cars let them do it even faster.
Petersen's inability to play a stone-cold badass makes his psychosis even more alarming,
the more ridiculous parts of the soundtrack make this feel even more creepy (rather than laughable),
I was thinking i'd give this 3.5 or 4 stars because some of the editing (especially in the first half) bothered me,
but then the last 10-15 minutes happened and I feel pretty
Well that's one way to end a film.
Caught this on 35mm, even after having seen it twice in the last couple months. Wang Chung at full volume sent this over the edge. Was Friedkin watching contemporary Godard? Something in the way sound works, plus a few of the montage sequences, give me a heavy Every Many for Himself/Passion/Prenom Carmen vibe. I think I'm on drugs.
Part of list:
- Directors Ranked: William Friedkin
Between this and The French Connection, Friedkin sure as hell knows how to shoot a car chase.
80's score, one liners galore, Ira Buchman playing a badass.
"You want bread? Fuck a baker."
I liked it a lot more when I read one reviewer say that it's basically what would happen if Riggs and Murtaugh tried their rogue cop stuff in real life.
The movie is VERY 80s, which is not inherently a problem, but it is sometimes quite distracting (especially the music). Willem Dafoe is perfectly cast and that car chase is excellent. Those are really the stand out things about the movie. It wasn't amazing, but it certainly wasn't bad.
Friedkins Michael Mann - Film. Großartig.
I think there was something wrong with this, it always seemed it is showing a scene which doesn't matter, a long time, and then when some important scene comes it is shown for a very short time. I also think that that stupid and un-likeable cop wanted just a revenge - it is never really seen that he would have really liked his buddy. Just a young cop full of adrenaline and what could be better way to use it than chasing a bad guy. Just an excuse. The best parts of this film were the beautiful stills from landscapes and the car chase-scene. I didn't feel anything during this film, it was boring and also very badly directed. The music was horrible. The only character I liked was John Vukovich, the only one who really seemed to feel anything.
French Connection transported to the west coast minus most of the grit but with added sleaze. Love how this at the same time embraces genre tropes yet subverts them. Full on clichés one minute, out-of-the-blue craziness the next. In one of the opening moments of the film you can faintly hear Reagan making a speech about how death and taxes are inevitable, so it's apt that the whole film happily accepts that notion and strives to go out in a blaze of glory with murder, sex, flames, cash encapsulating the hedonism of 80s L.A. until characters have outlived taxes and said hello to death. And then the cycle continues.
it was not a good movie.
it was a very 80s movie.
everyone was horrible.
young Willem Dafoe was surprisingly pretty.
Good car chase.
This is one of the movies that makes the 80s look like the 80s.
Back when cops could do whatever they wanted cuz they had gunz ' n badges.
"...c'mon man! If you don't help me steal the money then yer a wuss! Don' cha know there's a psycho out there with a printing press?"
Complete list. :-(
making a list of canonical action texts for a friend who is looking to see more action movies. recommendations welcome!