This is uh, prob one of the best films ever made? idk. The idealisation of the American mobster/cop-hatred justified, taken to its logical conclusion and, ultimately, complicated to leave its audience with no clear answers and no heroes to hold onto - kind of like a smart, ethical reverse Shield with Walken, Buscemi, Morpheus, Blade, Caruso and a host of other familiar character actors.
Ferrara delves deep into the filth and grime of New York City, lovingly aetheticising it in a way that only he knows how to pull off and gives me more than enough air punch moments that instantly fuck with you (why are the deranged, amoral killings of a maniac so satisfying?) to instantly catapult it into all-time fave status.