Martin Scorsese is making big news with his Oscar nom to win ratio, and as I've said from day one, I think The Departed will win best picture, but it's his small scale personal movies that have made him a master filmmaker in my book. Making my list of favorites are Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (a former pick), King of Comedy (a future pick, I'm sure) and this one.
Depicting one crazy night in the surreal nightmare of 1980s downtown New York City, this is an unusual, dark, funny and vibrant film that anyone interested in editing will have to see. Griffin Dunne is the likeable victim of circumstances and a parade of beautiful problem women, played with zest by Rosanna Arquette, Terri Garr, Linda Fiorentino, and Verna Bloom. Certainly a departure from his tough guy films, this is a bizarre movie that leaves you exhilarated and exhausted by the end. I can't recommend it enough.