Just when Vince Vaughn was hitting his stride, between Swingers and Zoolander, he was cast as serial-killer cowboy, Lester Long, in Clay Pigeons. It’s a dark comedy centering around a suicide witnessed by lead man Clay (Joaquin Phoenix ) and the ensuing investigation by FBI agent, Jeanine Garlofalo. Call it deranged-funny.
Christopher Walken plays the same character in every movie he’s in. Creepy, twitchy, that breathy voice. If you love him, you’ll love King Of New York. Abel Ferrara’s direction creates a dark and tony atmosphere for Walken, as a bigwig mafioso, just released from prison ready to reclaim his place in the mob hierarchy of the Rotten Apple. Alongside Steve Buscemi and Lawrence Fishburne, Walken creates one of the tensest scenes in mafia movie history. Watch this and you’ll be quoting it for days. Weeks maybe.
This dark crime slash psychological thriller from Argentina involves an epileptic taxidermist who thinks he can commit the perfect crime. Sounds crazy already, right? Well, it gets a lot weirder when the voices in his head start talking. Set in the shadowy forests of Patagonia, this final film from late director, Fabián Bielinsky, is surreal and absorbing…and just as haunting as when it was released in 2006.
Any movie with Sean Penn or Gary Oldman is worth watching. State Of Grace has them both. This neo-noir crime flick from 1990 has Penn as a reformed Irish mobster returning to his old Hell’s Kitchen gang as an undercover cop. He’s supposed to infiltrate the gang and take down the Flannery Brothers (Oldman and his movie brother, Ed Harris) before they make a deal with the Italian mob. Action and suspense ensue.
You probably saw Snatch. Remember, Brad Pitt, the Pikey? Well, Snatch producer Matthew Vaughan did this film, too. Anyway, if you’re down for those fast-paced British-accent flicks with a twisty plot, frenetic action and some heavy gunplay – you should go back and check out Layer Cake. The plot revolves around a drug deal gone bad. Watch what a million hits of ecstasy will make people do. It’s pretty crazy.
The debut film in Robert Rodriguez’s trilogy including Desperado and Once Upon A Time In Mexico, El Mariachi cost a mere $7000 to produce. While enjoying the suspenseful plot of a man who only wants to play his guitar, but finds trouble in every turn – keep asking yourself – how did he do it for under 10k?
I passed this film by many times, until I recently noted it was directed by Sam Raimi of The Evil Dead, Army of Darkness and Spiderman. A spaghetti western with a killer cast, dark humor, unexpected gruesomeness and top-notch storytelling. You even catch a glimpse at Russell Crowe – long before anyone knew who he was.
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If you’re a fan of Dexter, Natural Born Killers, A Clockwork Orange or Spinal Tap, you’ll cherish this film. Comedies don’t get much darker. Man Bites Dog is a mesmerizing, low-budget mocumentary following Ben, a serial killer, as he proudly teaches you (the viewer) how to get away with murder. It’s harsh.
After seeing this flick, you’ll wonder how it slipped under your radar. Five men wake up in an abandoned warehouse. One is bound. One handcuffed & shot. One has a ruptured nose. No recollection of what transpired, who was responsible or better yet, how to escape. This psychological thriller is full of intrigue, suspense, unpredictable twists and it gets only better each time you watch it.