No one is planning for tomorrow in Good Time. Self-destruction and crime driven by desperation, violence driven by panic, and unequal relationships of convenience. The Mix might not have the same sickening pace, but this is a 'tailspin' in lurid neon. Plus a killer soundtrack
Before The Devil Knows You're Dead
An utterly unromantic portrayal of a 'mastermind' heist, where greed and lies destroy everything and the 'perfect crime' runs headlong into reality. This is like the antithesis of Michael Mann's Heat. No one is cool, and there are no slick operators, just people pretending until drek catches up to them. Sidney Lumet's last film and it's almost suffocating in tension and finality.
An out-of-nowhere instant neon noir classic, as lean and predatory as its sociopath protagonist. Both Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo's best roles, the seedy underbelly of media and violence as entertainment is portrayed at street level by a freelance crime-scene videographer. Flash flows from the psychos above to the psychos below, and everyone wants to be entertained. Fantastic soundtrack and great loglo-lit LA setting.
Cronenberg has a few cyberpunk-adjacent films, and I don't know quite how I would describe this one (surreal capitalist nightmare-scape?), but it is such a perfect evocation of how theoretical and detached things can become at the Corporate-Mix divide. It's not an easy film, but it's so charmingly strange and indifferent and takes place entirely in a near-future limo.
So much wealth, so utterly empty. A highly surreal examination of isolation warping reality and a deconstruction of class warfare through the bizarre lens of ...something. Been to more than a few topside events that recalled scenes in High Rise. Ultra stylish dystopian satire.
Lynch's best film and one of the best films ever made, the dream logic has a lot of parallels with how storytelling sometimes operates with roleplay, and the empty lure of fame and how it creates and destroys a certain kind of character is so perfect to parallel. The film's dream logic is also pretty spot-on how all the various elements of plots and characters can get stitched together through multiple plots. Also it's scary as hell." />