King of New York (1990)
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Room service, motherfuckers!
The opening credit sequence after the execution is one of my favorite pieces of cinema ever. The music of Joe Delia, arranging Vivaldi compositions, deepens the sadness of the urban nightmare, where prostitutes, pimps, junkies and gangstas hide in the shadows, stalking the night like ghouls; the ambiance of the battered train, distorted Hip Hop, and voices in the dark further enhance the feeling of being in a complete disaster zone; but the masterstroke: how Ferrara juggles these images and sounds with Walken's face of utter melancholy as he smokes a cigarette. A complete masterpiece; the film could end there and I would be happy.
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This movie ranks #46 in Scott Tobias's The New Cult Canon
This movie ranks #73 in 101 Gangster Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #87 in Time Out’s The 100 Best Thrillers
This movie ranks #259 in Jennifer Eiss's 500 Essential Cult Movies
This movie ranks #485 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #511 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #621 in TSPDT's 1,000 Noir Films
This movie ranks #817 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die