Saturday, August 13, 2005

A+ B Movies

Hello, kiddies! Here's a riddle: what movie has Nick Nolte, Melanie Griffith, Chazz Palminteri, Treat Williams, Jennifer Connelly, Daniel Baldwin, and John Malkovich? Why, Mulholland Falls, of course! What you never heard of it? No surprise, a lot of people haven't--I guess. This movie is a bare-knuckled pin-up in a gray fedora! Violent as Gaza, obscene as Heffer's infamous Grotto, and smooth as Coltrane; Mulholland Falls is one of those movies that is so harsh and beautiful you're not sure what to make of it. In the 1950s, an elite hat-squad of the LAPD takes on a murder that goes all the way to the top of the Atomic Energy Commission. It's a tale of adultery, 8mm film, government secrets, heart-break, and murder, murder, and more murder. If you want to watch bad cops beat the stuffing out of even-badder bad guys, then saddle up this doggie and ride. Oh, and did I mention that a Baldwin gets his clock cleaned? This movie won a Razzie, so some people didn't like it. But for the rest of us immoral, pulp detective-story loving, violence junkies it's worth a shot. Do not watch this with kids, parents, or girlfriends; watch it with a buddy like a tough war-flick. Or considering the the still on the right you might just want to watch it alone.


  1. Only film in which I've seen Jennifer Connelly use more than one facial expression. . . and IMHO, and I think she's gorgeous, her best movie in terms of looks.

  2. You're just saying that because this is one of her most racey roles...

  3. No, I'm saying that because she's actually acting for once (a little, anyway, but more than usual). Though it is one of her most racey roles. . .always a plus.