I mean, this is kind of Refn's peak, right?
Part of writer/director Paul Schrader's loose "man in a room" series of films that includes Taxi Driver and American Gigolo, this underrated gem finds Willem Dafoe as the nicest dealer of boutique drugs on the relatively mean streets of late '80s Manhattan.
Gloriously dated touches abound from Susan Sarandon's angular, shoulder pad-heavy outfits to David Spade as a theology-spouting cokehead to the soundtrack by Michael Been of The Call that sounds like Marc Cohn had a baby with Morphine. (Dylan…
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Written by Joe Eszterhas (Basic Instinct) before he went off the (cocaine) rails with Showgirls and Jade, this 1985 thriller features many of the controversial scribe's trademarks -- pulpy, frequently crass dialogue, uptight characters engaging in kinky soft-focus sex and a twist ending that is fun so long as you don't think about it too much.
Jeff Bridges, on the heels of the one-two leading man punch of Starman and Against All Odds, plays a wealthy playboy accused of murdering…