A professorial young Mike Ditka character takes misanthropy to a whole new level in this funny and angry little piece on 2002 Poland. Women, workmen, dogs, TV and politicians are all relegated to the irritating as a combination of pills and rest fail to dim the anger. A good bit of Freud, some uncomfortable viewing but it's a good humoured character study at its heart. Lockdown must have brought this set of emotions to many, frustrations of a micro life exacerbated by micro annoyances. Excellent swearing, good fart jokes, worth 90 minutes of your life. Dobrze.
Christopher Walken is irresistible in this appallingly written and directed gangster pic. You really see how Tarantino breathed life into the genre with Reservoir Dogs, you forget how stale it was as people thought this was good. Snipes and Fishbourne play archetypes as do the Mafia sitting in the back of restaurants and we have an MTV Chinatown. Walken transcends the thing and one wonders if he had a decent agent, he'd be talked about as a great in great films versus a great actor. Wants to be Scarface, Walken kinda is but direction and production is slick, cliched and tired.
A beautiful, grubby, dust ridden LA girls coming of age piece that works in its own right and a notable precursor for Kids, Girls, Dazed and Confused and even The Karate Kid. It's flares, pick up trucks, avoiding pregnancies, avoiding having the crap beaten out of you. Giorgio Moroder does multiple versions of "On the Radio", all of which beat the single and Jodie Foster shows how great she is. Scott Bio is in it, on a skateboard, a lot.
Snuggle up on a sofa and enjoy Manhattan Murder Mystery. A great cast, clearly enjoying their work in a fun piece by the comedy great. Great nods to film noir and Hitchcock, ragtime jazz (naturally), neurosis, aural gags, physical gags and the deep love of the city where all the world's a stage and never sleeps, even when you're dead. He's right about Wagner, he's right about hockey and no one has ever had better comic timing; great fun.
A series of sketches versus a cohesive film in and of itself, watch this as a love letter to London. As the media sanctimoniously wets itself over new work life balance, why they enjoyed lockdown, why the city is dead and so on; remember how silly, flawed, pretentious and funny life is in the big smoke. Great cast, great fun, great city.