It's Thursday, so as per every Thursday, we're talking Thursday Movie Picks with Wandering Through the Shelves! If you aren't playing along, the question is WHY!?!?! The process is simple; you get a theme and you chose three movies that represent that theme to share with the rest of the blogosphere. So get to playing!
Now, the theme this week is:
There are quite a few that come to mind almost instantly with this theme. In fact, I had a list of about fifteen before I started scraping away at the list to come up with a final three. So, I went with a gritty film not many have seen, a classic genre reinvention that remains a cult favorite and a little seen foreign film that more people should see!
This 1992 gritty cop thriller is the definition of GRITTY, and Keitel's performance just seethes at the mouth with such savage honesty. It's a hard film to stomach, and it doesn't waste time getting into the darkness (depravity) of it all, but the evolution of this man's soul is so richly presented and dissected that this is a film that begs to be seen.
One of the greatest films of the 90's, without question, this is a film most all of you have seen and no doubt savor. The way that the tapestry of 'good cop/bad cop' is explored and woven into the fabric of every frame is no joke. Just astonishing, a complete rebirth of the noir and a film that has yet to be repeated.
I don't know how many of you have heard about this film, but if you haven't now you have and I hope you seek it out. Spun like an episode of SVU, but with fleshed out pockets of characters who all live and breathe a job that causes them to lose their breath, this is a seriously underrated French drama that will punch you in the gut.