The subsequent montage of newlyweds smooching Melvin and Lynda is riotous in part for the way the grooms are so enthusiastic about kissing Lynda, and much to the chagrin of some of their brides. A box office flop and savaged by some pro critics, Romeo Is Bleeding is clearly not a film for everyone! The feverish intensity of many B noirs is also typically matched with a briskness and efficiency bred from the pragmatic necessity of having to clock in under 90 minutes in order to fit into the second half of a double bill. And like a good noir picture, Oldman's Jack meets his perfect foil in Olin's Mona, a fabulously amplified version of the familiar femme fatale who's not only our hero's equal but also his shockingly deadly superior. The end result is a roller-coaster of a movie portraying the inevitable emotional and spiritual demise of those who sell their soul for temporary material and physical gratification. Police Story 2 has a more luxurious color palette than Police Story, suggesting a comic book via Andy Warhol, and it has much more plot than its predecessor—far too much, in fact. And in true diva form, she looks directly into the camera, shrieking and angrily cursing up a storm. One has to see this a number of times to catch all the humor in here.
If you've seen The Usual Suspects, think of her as Mrs. I suppose those people can't relate to this. Mona turns Jack in, copping a plea deal that will indict Jack for the multiple murders that she tricked him into committing. Olin is a wonder in the role, a grinning black velvet spider and a source of constant nightmares for Jack, as well as the audience. Also available for streaming are several early films by Swedish auteur Victor Sjöström. Don Falcone acknowledges that he knows the barbarians are outside the gates but tells Jack that that doesn't mean we have to leave the door open. Franticly looking around for a Neo-Noir to watch for a poll that was being held on the Classic Film board for the best movies of 1993,I was disappointed to find that my original choice of Neo-Noir viewing in John Dahl's Red Rock West was being sold at a too expensive price.
The combination of a faboulous story-line, and acting like this, should've garnered much more attention than it did. She is not as cold-hearted towards Jack as Mona, not as infatuated as Sheri, but her flawed love contains a bit of both. Roy Scheider, Annabella Sciorra, Juliette Lewis, Michael Wincott and others - cameos by Dennis Farina and Ron Perlman - all deliver great performances with lines that, well,. If you have a pulse, you will well up at the end, and probably think about a longing that you left behind at some point in your life against your wishes. And the story is very interesting too. Released at the tail end of the silent era in 1928, these films tap into the violent impulses often lurking beneath romantic obsession, starting off as lighthearted comedies before sliding into something far more nefarious when their main characters sour on love. Men assume in these films, as they do in real life, that money is required to achieve sex, or at least sex with the phenomenal women who would never look twice at working-class schnooks like them.
But, it's impossible to even find words to describe Lena Olin's Mona Demarkoff. Still, vocals remain precise and accurate in the center, exhibiting clean intonation and pitch in Oldman's performance and in every alluringly suave line spoken by Olin. In Police Story, Chan stages an acrobatic bit of business in which Ka-Kui juggles several phones at a police station, balancing them on various parts of his body while utilizing other props to answer and cumulatively ignore every call, one of which is a reporting of a rape. The main character in the film 'Romeo is bleeding' is not at all an ideal person to deal with as he has too many bad qualities. Eventually, Melvin comes to appreciate the possibility of a less reckless life, and after a time lapse, we find him settled into honest work and a content marriage to his second wife, Bonnie Pamela Reed. The acting in my humble opinion i never attended film school and didn't take a degree in media studies is absolutely fantastic Gary Oldman can do no wrong and the storyline is both engrossing and compelling. And then there is the ending, of such heartbreaking, poignant beauty, Oldman and Sciorra pitch-perfect, deftly shot and edited, a wave you ride and crash on shore with.
A quite sick and sadistic tale of a talented cop gone horribly bad and the woman he is obsessed with. Scheider tries hard, too, which is a shame because it's just not there in the role. Romeo Is Bleeding is directed by Peter Medak and written by Hilary Henkin. He turns the gun on himself, only to discover that the revolver is empty. On the positive side, blacks are generally true and accurate with strong shadows delineation.
She slithers out through the shattered windshield without freeing her hands. I looked at the back cover and saw that Gary Oldman, whom I think is one of the most underrated actors ever, starred in the film. But the actor-filmmaker is surprisingly sassy in Police Story and Police Story 2, offering unexpectedly pointed parodies of police corruption and futility. She both finds the man and, seeing his potential to connect with audiences, gives him a platform to express himself. His narration, including the exaggerated inflection in his voice, is fantastic. Romeo Is Bleeding features a New York City festooned with graffiti, during the era of the World Trade Center.
His life changes when an Italian mob boss, Don Falcone Roy Scheider , asks him to kill Mona Demarkov Lena Olin , a Russian assassin. The direction is first rate by British master Peter Medak Let Him Have It and Ponatiac Moon and a very moody jazz score by the talented Mark Isham! If anything, he finds in the man his archetypal protagonist: a weirdo who in truth has more in common with everyone around him than even he realizes. Synopsis: Jack Grimaldi Gary Oldman is a cop who offers tips to the Mafia for money, and cheats on his loving wife with a young mistress. The sound effects really pop in all the tracks, particularly the stylized punches and exploding glass, which contribute to all-around dynamic and immersive soundscapes. I can mention one that came out the same year as this one, Carlito's Way. Nudity is kept to a minimum. But the film lacks the ecstatic propulsion of Police Story, in which Chan, frustrated with his failed attempts to break into Hollywood, raised a gauntlet and reinvented a genre.
In addition to Hollywood comedy, classics of the silent Scandanavian screen also turn out to be a specialty of the Criterion Channel. Olin used on the set. Not many American modern movies have done that. I mean, corrupt cop who's in the mafia's pocket and cheats on his wife yet loves her, then gets caught in the dangerous game with a deadly Russian criminal who is a man eater at the same time. He finally meets his match in Olin's hitwoman from hell, who turns informant for the cops in return for her freedom, does a dirty deal with Oldman in return for her life, then crosses everybody so many times in an already convoluted plot it's a wonder she, let alone we, can remember whose side she's supposed to be on. But it continued to thrive and evolved into damnable depictions of wretchedly debased humans committing sordid acts of criminality, infidelity, depraved perversions and all manner of double-crossing wickedness.
The most important message I inferred from this movie is, if you are lucky enough to find true love in this life, then treasure it and protect it with your entire being. Bragging about inane schemes, such as penning a Christmas novelty song, Melvin suggests a more benign than usual snake-oil salesman, harmless in his understanding of the American dream to mean that you can make enough money to do whatever you want. It's good to see Olin finally hang up her Serious Actor hat and get a bit outrageous, but this was obviously a great deal more fun to make than it is to watch. Excellent soundtrack, and the weirdest cop story I've ever seen. Demme could easily have lapsed into the cynicism that this kind of semi-fame embodies, and at first blush he seems to give into it when Lynda goes on stage to perform a tap-dancing number that initially earns catcalls and boos. This fear persists unabated even in the strange, almost dreamlike final act in which Klensky is freed from his hellish internment and brought to the bed of a withered, soiled old man Ali Misirov revealed to be Stalin himself.
On top of all this Jack fancies himself as a ladies man, a straying tomcat Romeo with women problems, both with his long suffering wife Natalie, and with dive waitress Sheri. No woman has been able to get emotional satisfaction from him as he has deceived all of them including his mistress as well as wife. Romeo Is Bleeding is an excellent film. Running at a concise 66 minutes, the film substitutes plot and character detail with an evocative, interiorized representation of the experience of fleeing fascism, entrusting the viewer to immediately comprehend the gravity of its narrative terms from the staggering opening dolly shot, when a pair of frail boys hurtle desperately for minutes on end up a frozen hill to the sound of shouting and gunfire off screen. The ultimate Gary Oldman Film Noir! Plenty of grit and grain in both transfers, which is almost certainly appropriate to the source materials, but these qualities are also attractive.