Miami Blues

He’s a killer dude.

Mixing a big grin with cold eyes, Alec Baldwin saunters into frame and immediately wins everyone over — through charm, or by painfully mashing their body parts.

“Junior” genuinely cares for a hooker played with plucky resolve by Jennifer Jason Leigh, and just wants to enjoy being back in the real world.

But the violence which put him in jail before is quick to surface, and after stealing a gun (and some dentures) from cop Fred Ward, things get out of hand fast.

A lot of fun, if you have a dark and dirty sense of humor.

Single White Female

You complete me.

Two of the best actresses of my lifetime — Jennifer Jason Leigh and Bridget Fonda — go toe-to-toe in a creepy lil’ psychological thriller which still lingers in the memory three decades later.

Fonda is a talented software designer, about to be married, a ray of sunshine to all she meets.

Meanwhile, Leigh is far darker, a young woman haunted by the loss of her stillborn twin, someone desperately searching for a companion she can call her own.

The duo come together as roommates, then things get seriously twisted, leading to a fateful showdown.

Still creepy, still compelling.

 

Good Time

Robert Pattinson is the real deal.

Freed from a life of flaunting sparkly abs in Twilight, he’s proven to be among the best actors of his generation.

A prime showcase for Pattinson, this homage to ’70s crime thrillers has him as a fierce, if dimwitted, guardian to his developmentally-disabled brother.

Running from the wreckage of a semi-successful robbery, the duo are split up, forcing big bro to scramble to find a way out for all involved.

Kinetic and jittery, like its main character, this is one Pacino and De Niro would have been happy to make back in the day.

Possessor

Like father, like son.

Brandon Cronenberg, trafficking in that sci fi-tinged body horror which made pops David a legend, scores big-time with this sleek, suspenseful tale of an assassin bouncing from body to body.

Doing dirty work under the watchful eye of a quietly-sinister Jennifer Jason Leigh, Andrea Riseborough gets in through a brain hook-up, then uses her new body to commit murder and mayhem.

She’s supposed to force her host to commit suicide before her brain jumps back home, but finds herself trapped after a big hit gets messy.

Clever and compelling, proof that the (Hollywood) kids are alright.

Rush (1991)

Grimy in all the best ways.

A dark slice of neo-noir, the only film directed by Lili Fini Zanuck rocked me back in the early days of video stores.

The tale of undercover cops who make really bad decisions, then watch the world crumble from beneath their feet in sickening fashion, it stars the underrated Jason Patric and the always-top tier Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Chasing after a slick, but sinister crime boss, the duo find themselves lost in the job, unable to stop their descent into drug abuse and murder.

This one leaves a bitter, but bracing, aftertaste for days.