Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Cinema Cycle - Mulholland Falls

The (Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)
Mulholland Falls (1996)

DATE REVIEWED: 04/15/2016

FORMAT: LaserDisc

TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 46 minutes




Synopsis: A corrupt cop and a high government official find out that they have both been having an affair with the same murdered woman in 1950s Los Angeles.  


Concept In Relation To The Viewer: Your indiscretions will come back to haunt you in the worst way possible.  


Pros & Cons: This film walks a fine line from being campy and funny to being a little to rough and violent.  Visually, the film is fun to watch.  It is highly stylized and does a good job of capturing what Los Angeles was like in the 1950s.  


That said, the acting is a bit over the top and the characters are a bit hard to identify with or empathize with.  The film gives into over-the-top violence and stunts near the end.  A special treat is the destruction of a DC-3 transport near the end of the film.  It isn’t a special effect.  They really crash the plane.  


As I state in the video review, the best thing about the film is the car that the ‘Hat Squad’ drive around L.A. in.  The characters were supposedly based on real people that actually did what the squad supposedly do in the film.  The image of these four burly guys, all wearing fedoras and driving around LA in a huge convertible just struck me as a bit funny.

To read an overview of this project, check out this status posting.  

This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.

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