Albino Alligator - Kevin Spacey - A trio of criminals experiencing some post-heist bad luck hold the late night patrons of a bar hostage while the hunt for a cop killer closes in on them. It's a tense, tight little picture with a ridiculously good cast including Matt Dillon, William Fichtner, Faye Dunaway, Viggo Mortensen, Gary Sinise and Skeet Ulrich. I wish Spacey had made more like it.
that amazing 13 minute opening shot to all the favorites from De Palma's bag of tricks. It also features a premium to-eleven Nicolas Cage performance and if you can't enjoy one of those, then check your pulse, you might be dead. What strikes me more with every revisit is how competently told the story is and how emotionally effective Cage's dirty cop Ricky Santoro's moral trajectory lands. Don't get me wrong, the technical achievements far outweigh the thriller aspects, but c'mon people don't watch Georges Méliès today for the stories, but for the pure imagination and innovation of the craft, and that's exactly why De Palma will always matter.