Well this is it, the final film review in my Kino Lorber Challenge. I had so much fun reviewing 52 films from their film library. A huge chunk of those films were first time watches. I could do this challenge over and over and still have films in their collection left over. Alas, my time is done and my reviews shall cease on this page. If you'd like to follow me on my future endeavours, you can follow my personal Instagram account at mnadeau02. It's been a blast and I may come in for a song on the album if the band gets back together. . .
52: Mulholland Falls (1996) directed by Lee Tamahori (Die Another Day & Once Were Warriors). In the 1950's, a slightly roguish squad of L.A. cops investigates a murder that hits close to home. So I saved this film for last as I thought it was going to be a dark mind fuck of a film. Well silly me, I was thinking this was Mulholland Drive... no Marc, this is Mulholland Falls... heh. In this murder mystery, Nick Nolte heads a well dressed anti-gangster squad as Max Hoover. He and his partners, Elleroy Coolidge (Chazz Palminteri), Arthur Relyea (Chris Penn) and Eddie Hall (Michael Madsen) have carte blanche to stamp out organized crime out of his city by using any means necessary, as we see early on when they deal with mobster Jack Flynn (William Petersen). Hoover's shaken up when the squad is tasked to investigate the death of a Allison Pond (Jennifer Connelly - we see her bewbs), who's familiar with Hoover. Understandably so, he makes it a priority to solve her murder and the truth leads him in a scenario over his head. Right off the bat, the film gets style points for it's look. It captures the 50's aesthetic very well from the moment the first frame makes it's way to the screen. I could smell the cigarette smoke that everybody seems to be holding in their hands and between their lips. Mulholland Falls also assembles one of the greatest casts I've seen in a long time. You've also got Treat Williams, Daniel Baldwin, Andrew McCarthy, Kyle Chandler, Titus Welliver, Bruce Dern and Aaron Neville.