I tried to like this film more, but it ended up getting in it's own way too much. The ending is too convoluted and unbelievable to be taken seriously, and not nearly as close to L.A. Confidential as it thinks it is.
I know it's a work of fiction, but solving The Black Dahlia murder is never the main point, it's just a presence looming in the background. Not enough attention is paid to it, but at the same time,…
Despite a few *very* minor plot holes, this film just oozes with atmosphere. Perhaps taking a chapter from Drive, this late 80's set thriller has a pulsating, dark, synth-pop score that fits surprisingly well into the east Texas environment.
Pulling dark themes and humor recently seen in Killer Joe and, again, Drive, the film builds slowly but moves quickly. It's also peppered with intense moments and fantastically atmospheric lighting and composition, keeping it from never feeling stale or worn.
God Dammit, this film is good.
There's no doubt that Robin Williams passing has had an immense impact on all of us film lovers, but in re-watching his body of work, I've found him to be the most immortalized in this film.
The impact he's had on all our lives plays out almost prophetically in this film. From his teaching methods to Carpe Diem, to his famous speech:
"To quote from Whitman, "O me! O life!... of the questions of…