Rumble Fish ★★★★

"California's like a beautiful, wild... beautiful, wild girl on heroin... who's high as a kite, thinkin' she's on top of the world, not knowing she's dying even if you show her the marks"

A fever dream of clouds above the sweaty drippy shadows, filled with upbeat gang fights, misty streets, and restless youth.

Rumble Fish has such a style with its visuals and music that I was pulled into its unhinged filmmaking of audio and video over conventional narrative.

Young Matt Dillion. Young Mickey Rourke. Young Nicolas Cage (who I wish had more to do here). Young Diane Lane. Dennis Hopper. Tom Waits. What a god damn great cast.

Black and white cinematography really shines here, with definitive shadows and great contrasts.

A good double feature with another one of Coppola's films, The Outsiders (which both films are novels written by S. E. Hinton).

Coming off of Godfather, Godfather Part 2, and The Conversation, Rumble Fish is a standout in style and substance.

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