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First of all, RIP Sidney Lumet. Director of Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico, Prince of The City, Network (possibly my favorite movie EVER), Running on Empty, Fail Safe, to name a few. His last film was Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Albert Phinney (RIP, gentlemen) Ethan Hawke and Marisa Tomei. It was a two hour long gut punch of a film. Sidney Lumet was a legend who worked with legends and made great work. But in the 90s, he made Guilty as Sin from a ridiculous, pulpy Larry Cohen (again, RIP) screenplay that probably would have been better directed by Larry Cohen himself (by the way, there’s a great doc on Cohen called King Cohen that’s streaming on Shudder). Sidney Lumet doesn’t quite seem comfortable sinking to the trashy depths of 90s stalker movies. But Don Johnson (as a womanizing cad accused of pushing his wife out of a window—by his wife’s letter sent to the police, no less) serves this fucking movie up and eats it with a motherfucking spoon. HIS performance alone makes this film with an episode. The scene where he loses his shit while making a LARGE sandwich (he’s upset that Rebecca DeMornay—who plays his lawyer—won’t represent him anymore) is a sly camp masterpiece along the lines of Sharon Stone’s performance in Basic Instinct. unfortunately they don’t have that scene on YouTube, but they do have a scene from later in the film—when the stalking starts—that is awesome. Here it is: Here’s the preview. It does an awesome job of capturing his performance. This movie does start slow (with a REALLY bizarre opening computer graphic that I guess is supposed to represent the wife falling to her death??) but it’s worth hanging in there. It’s currently on HBO and it deserves recognition in the HDTGM pantheon, In my humble opinion. Court adjourned.:)
I don’t think this film has been posted yet, which I found surprising. But I could be wrong. i’ll keep it short: You get to see The Rock play a primatologist who works with a gorilla who eventually mutates. Many Animals mutate. rampage ensues. The Rock uses sign language to communicate with animals. ‘Nuff said. There’s a good haiku in there somewhere.