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i just got King of New York on dvd,

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by dr.testical, Jun 10, 2004.

  1. dr.testical

    dr.testical Senior Member

    Joined: May 26, 2003 Messages: 1,236 Likes Received: 0
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    REVIEW::

    King of New York(1990) is an excellent movie that is Abel Ferrara's most stylish film. As years go by, King of New York is a film that will be more respected and seen as an example of Ferrara's best work. It was the second best gangster film in 1990 next to Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas. The direction is surpurb and the characters are filled with colorful traits.

    King of New York(1990) is a modern reworking of the Robin Hood legend. Its basically about a former drug lord who wants to use drug money to help poor and unfortunate people. Christopher Walken gives one of his five top best performances in the role of Frank. The feature is a neo noir because there are no people except for a couple that are likable.

    The violence in this film is very brutal and done with plenty of flair. Frank's plans do not work out as everyone is out to get him(espically the police). Frank is a person who's alive on the outside but dead on the inside. King of New York has been compared to Scarface(1983) but I believe that this movie is closer in spirit to Ringo Lam's City on Fire(1987) and the two Chow Yun Fat/Andy Lau films of Rich & Famous(1986) and Tragic Hero(1987).

    Laurence Fishburne gives a very good performance as Frank's loyal right hand man. In fact, all of the action sequences involving him makes the actor the Hollywood B-movie eqevulent of Chow Yun Fat with his two gun act. Steve Buscemi has a bit part as a rival drug dealer. I only wished that the idea of putting a contract on the police was expanded on with a few scenes of many police officers being assassinated by Frank's men.

    One scene that is terrific is the scene where the police dressed up as drug dealers who raid and try to terminate Frank and his gang. Another excellent scene is the funeral sequence. The ending is unusually low key for a mafia flick. I would like to see a director's cut of this film released on video because I feel that something's missing from the R-rated version.

    i must say, i thought it was a good movie, has anyone else seen it and what are your thoughts on it. Schooly D was a speciallty in that movie, made me get some old shit from him.
     
  2. mr.yuck

    mr.yuck Veteran Member

    Joined: May 12, 2000 Messages: 6,952 Likes Received: 6
    That movie is the shit.
     
  3. Behemoth

    Behemoth New Jack

    Joined: Sep 13, 2003 Messages: 77 Likes Received: 0
    i had never heard of it till a short time ago...but now i must see it
     
  4. TheoHuxtable

    TheoHuxtable Senior Member

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  5. gfreshsushi

    gfreshsushi Senior Member

    Joined: Sep 21, 2003 Messages: 2,244 Likes Received: 1
    never heard of it. now i want to see it. christopher walken is the shit.
     
  6. WhiteOx

    WhiteOx Elite Member

    Joined: Sep 4, 2003 Messages: 3,691 Likes Received: 0
    watched it but i dont think i payed attention caus i cant remember squat

    wait, i remember one cool scene where walken puts the staunch on some thugs in a train

    need to re watch it
     
  7. <KEY3>

    <KEY3> Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 24, 2004 Messages: 6,878 Likes Received: 2
    I was all over this movie in film school.
    All the other kids were scorcese this and coppola that,
    but I showed them this shit and they bugged out.

    it's a great flick that's so grimey it makes happy endings shrivel up.
    oh... check 'Angelheart' too, similar vibes.... plus deNiro as the devil.









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    NEEDS MORE COWBELL!
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  8. Jimmy Jump

    Jimmy Jump Member

    Joined: Jun 8, 2004 Messages: 665 Likes Received: 0
    the movie rocks it, good purchase..
    dont sleep on BAD LIEUTENANT neither (same director)..
     
  9. T=E=A=S=E

    T=E=A=S=E Elite Member

    Joined: Mar 27, 2004 Messages: 3,271 Likes Received: 0
    i got this dvd to, havent watched it yet though... haha.

    shit was on sale at circuit city for $9.99
     
  10. nomadawhat

    nomadawhat Veteran Member

    Joined: Aug 24, 2001 Messages: 5,001 Likes Received: 2
    i remeber seeing it and liking it a lot the first time back around when it came out.

    then when i watched it again some years later it was pretty weak.
     
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