If you knew me, you’d know I have a pretty big hard-on for detective stories, and all-round film noir. Anything crime-related, set in and around Word War II is a shoe-in to get my attention. Apart from loving that period of Americana in terms of fashion, architecture and technology, it was also a time when dark and weird stories about people and places came into the spotlight.
Mulholland Falls is a great little underrated thriller from the mid 1990’s. It’s got the last great gasp of actor Nick Nolte (before he went nuts and grew a beard). Back then he still had a spark of that fire that I saw and loved in 48 Hours, with Eddie Murphy.
Nolte plays Max Hoover, a well-established dick in charge of a special carte blanche squad, tasked with cleaning up organised crime in L.A. When his mistress is killed under extremely suspicious circumstances, Hoover and his team attempt to track down who killed her and why, all the while trying to keep his infidelity a secret.
Nolte is awesome as the grizzled, worn-out detective, but the side-cast are every bit as good. His partner Coolridge (played by Chazz Palminteri) is a brilliant piece of left-hook casting, making him an almost child-like basket case, constantly trying to do right by Hoover. It’s also got Treat Williams, John Malkovich, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn and Kyle Chandler. The prize however goes to the in-her-prime Jennifer Connolly as the smoking hot femme of the film.
Check it out if you like police brutality, women getting horrifically killed & atomic bomb tests.