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Five different criminals face imminent death after botching a job quite badly.
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Five different criminals face imminent death after botching a job quite badly.
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TFW you wait about 20 years to see a film and....
In fairness, it's not like I had ever expected Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead to be a major classic that I had missed out on for so long. But I was also hoping that it would be a fair bit better than this. Existing in an uneasy limbo between crime black comedy and mob drama, it's a film that occasionally manages to be enjoyable but far too much of the time was unnecessarily standoffish and a bit crap.
It usually gets lumped in with the crowd of quirky, verbose mid-1990s crime films 'inspired' by Pulp Fiction and it's easy to…
Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead is often referred to as a Pulp Fiction clone. Having only seen Pulp Fiction for the first time a few weeks ago, I can honestly say I don't see where that comparison comes from. A neo-noir thriller with some snappy dialogue and the odd piece of stylized violence aside, this couldn't wipe Tarantino's arse despite some interesting characters and another psychotic turn from Christopher Walken.
Andy Garcia plays an ex-gangster dragged back into the life after his business debt is bought by "The Man With The Plan" (Walken) a quadriplegic head-the-baw who wants an "action". Garcia's Jimmy The Saint then enlists an unusual crew of fuck-ups who invariably fuck up and leave…
So I was looking for something to watch last night; I had The Wages of Fear in my hand, ready to finally knock that one from my watchlist, but then I noticed it was 2.5 hours long (it was only 2 hours to my bedtime!) and I also wanted something I did not need to concentrate on quite so much. Then I remembered Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead was sitting on my coffee table unwatched; perfect, just under two hours and it looks like an easy, fun watch.
Fast forward about five minutes into the film when I realize I had not understood a single word any of the characters had said. The unusual slang in this…
"It's fucking clunky."
"What's clunky? What do you know about clunky?"
"I know clunky and that's fucking clunky."
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Jimmy the Saint, 1st really great name.
He runs the streets of Denver, and has a business where clients who tape themselves giving advice to friends and family so they have a way to still communicate after they die.
I enjoyed this movie very much. Of course I am biased Denver is my home town.
Andy Garcia is underrated and Steve Buscemi as the bad guy just perfect choices for the cast.
Coming out at a time when movies were chasing Tarantino by making violent, offbeat crime movies, this one might be the better Tarantino facsimile to come out in the ‘90s, even if it doesn’t have the snap, crackle and pop of any actual Tarantino movies. This dark and sometimes odd crime thriller sees Andy Garcia as Jimmy “The Saint”, a gangster who just gone legit until he’s asked to do a favor for a ruthless quadriplegic gangster known as “The Man with the Plan” (Christopher Walken). Jimmy rounds up his old cohorts (William “Flattop” Forsythe, Christopher Lloyd, Treat Williams, Bill Nunn) to do a job for “The Man” until things go horribly wrong and they become marked men…
I haven't seen this for a while, and don't remember it being anything other than average - in fact on this rewatch I'll say that Garcia and Walken were good, but the dialogue stinks and the premise is so grubby it is uncomfortable to watch in places.
If it was influenced by Pulp Fiction, and aside from a large sprinkling of f bombs and some cool character names, I can't see it, it should have just taken a black comic spoof feel throughout.
Steve Buscemi is always worth a look in whatever work he does, and if Jack Warden is wasted (he is) then he at least tries to make the most of a thankless role.
Ultimately this film has a stylish feel but a mean and violent heart, which makes it a mess.
I love this doomed gangster tale. Viciously attacked back in 95 for being a Pulp Fiction clone and all kinds of stupid crap. Garcia is great as reformed criminal Jimmy The Saint Tosnia. He has a weird new business, a video service for dying people that's failing so the bills get paid by The Man with the Plan, a crippled menacing Chris Walken, which forces him to reunite his old gang back for "an action, not a piece of work". A movie with a defined structure on its use of language and it's own little world. And for that this film is attacked? Get the fuck outta here! Great performances from a great cast. Especially Treat Williams as the psychotic…
The only noteworthy thing about this movie is Treat Williams' hilariously manic performance. A sentence that when read back doesn't sound like the glowing endorsement it's meant to be, but rest assured, when his big moment arrive, you'll grin. The rest is a tonal clash of morbid grim fatalism mixed with cartoonish gangster cliches. The result is a resounding "eh". At least it looks good from a 90s Hollywood neo-noir standpoint.
Getting around to some titles that I aaaaaalllmmost rented a thousand times on a thousand trips to various movie rental joints during the Clinton era, and now I'm proud of my younger self for never spending $1.99 for 24 hours with this on VHS.
It wears its Reservoir Dogs influences on its sleeves a little too blatantly, but if you can afford the film those allowances, it will prove to have held up well as an overlooked and offbeat 90s crime thriller. Christopher Walken steals the film as an ornery quadriplegic crime boss.
I’m stuck in Denver for 50 hours of layover. I’m feeling pretty dead. What else was I going to watch? Something entertaining? Something good? Something with urgency and decent writing? Where’s the poetry in that?
Criminally underrated crime thriller released from Miramax under the shadow of Tarantino. Christopher Walken is at his most villainous as the man with plan getting Andy Garcia's ex crim Jimmy the Saint to put the frighteners on his paedophile son' Bernard's ex girlfriends's new boyfriend . In the vain hope she will get back together with his deranged son. Jimmy gets the old gang together for the seemingly easy job, Christopher Lloyd is Olden “Pieces” Polymeros whose digits are falling off to an unknown disease and Treat Williams is great as the sociopathic Critical" Bill Dolittle. Dressed as cops the crims pull over the ex boyfriend who turns out to be a shit for brains mouthy jerk who pushes Bill…
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Generally boring Tarantino-wannabe. Competent, but severely lacking in both style and substance, the film feels very disjointed and the ending didn't make sense. The cast is good, though.
Christopher Walken made a great villain with way too little screentime, and there were like 10 dudes who looked like Bill Moseley, but no actual Bill Moseley.
Steve Buscemi as the notoriously deadly contract killer was too funny, though. Dude only weighs, like, 10 pounds. They didn't have to let him kill them like that.
ORIGINALLY WRITTEN IN 1995
If Albert Einstein watched this movie while traveling at the speed of light, would he still think that three hours had passed instead of two? No, THINGS TO DO IN DENVER WHEN YOU'RE DEAD is not about time-travel, but it is one of those unfortunate movies that makes you feel like you've lived sixty more minutes than you actually have. And that's too bad, given the many interesting ingredients in this film that never quite come together.
Director Gary Fleder makes a mash of Scott Rosenberg's script about a gang of usual suspects who botch a reunion job with disastrous results. Both his pacing and his framing of the story are way off. The cast is…
"La vida es como un eructo de mostaza, en el momento es penetrante pero luego se desvanece en el aire"
Si se hubieran decidido por hacer una comedia estaría buenísima pero cuando la historia se quiere poner dramática hace agua por todos lados. Otra de esas películas que demuestran que a fin de cuentas no es tan fácil hacer lo que hace Tarantino. Muy buenos los personajes de Andy Garcia y de Buscemi
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Another tarantino knockoff but it's not as fun as Knockaround Guys bit it still holds up.
Viisi rikollista (Garcia, Lloyd, Forsythe, Williams ja Nunn) tekevät peruuttamattoman virheen ryöstökeikallaan ja joutuvat pyörätuoliin sidotun rikollispomon (Walken) tappolistalle. Miehien on yritettävä parhaansa mukaan paettava kiristyvää silmukkaa, tai yritettävä jotenkin muuttaa tilanteen kulku, tai noutaja on kohta ovella. Valitettavan aliarvostettu Denverin keikka, on erittäin persoonallinen ja hyvällä tavalla erilainen rikostrilleri, joka valmistumisvuonna jäi Quentin Tatrantinon Pulp Fictionin (1994) jalkoihin, sillä tuohon aikaan (ja valitettavasti vieläkin) kaikkia paljon dialogia ja erikoisia henkilöhahmoja sisältäviä rikoselokuvia pidetään Tarantino-klooneina, vaikka setä Quentin olisikin jo aikaa sitten alkanut vaikuttaa aikaansa eläneeltä rönköttäjältä. Valitettavasti tälläkertaa väite on melkolailla tuulesta temmattu, vaikka samankaltaisuuksia elokuvassa pintapuolisesti onkin. Syvemmälle katsottaessa kuka tahansa huomaa, ettei elokuvat juuri paljon erilaisempia voisi ollakaan. Siinä missä Tarantinon sinällään hieno Pulp Fiction on paljon…
90s denver <3!!!!!!!!! ahhh!!! they made it look like 2000s chicago. still I got to point and go “hey I know that place” every few minutes which was epic. i love denver. the movie was ok.
Stupid movie... but the supporting cast!! Josh charles ❤
Unfairly compared to Tarantino esque style thrillers. This was a film that I watched in 1995 and I came away underwhelmed by it. Twenty Five years into the future and it has actually improved or my tastes have changed.
It's a perfectly serviceable little crime drama, highlighted by its eccentric cast. While it may not be a masterpiece of cinema, it certainly is head and shoulders above some of the dross that was also around that year. It is a entertaining entry into the crime thriller genre and any movie that manages to have the line of dialogue I'm Godzilla. You're Japan.... definitely has got something going for it.
A shameless, brazen, copyright-infringing borderline cover version of early Tarantino. But there were a ton of those at the time and this was the best one. Feels at times like it could be a Terry Benedict origin story.
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