Mickey Rourke

DOMINO (2005)

Domino (2005)

A film by Tony Scott 

Cast: Keira Knightley, Mickey Rourke, Édgar Ramírez

The movie was inspired by Domino Harvey, a friend of Scott’s, who was named Bounty Hunter of the Year in 2003 and died in July 2005, of a drug overdose, only 35 years old. The daughter of the movie star Laurence Harvey and the fashion model Paulene Stone (renamed Sophie Wynn in the movie) She went to the best school as she said but ended up as a bounty hunter. She was good at it she has won an award for best bounty hunter go the year in 2003 ( did not know there were such an award). My agenda is to kick ass she always said.

The film is inspired by a true story. Domino (Keira Knightley) sees a course for bounty hunter and decides to sign up to find out that the three great bounty hunters Ed Mosbey (Mickey Rourke), Choco (Edgar Ramirez), and Claremont Williams (Delroy Lindo) bailing out taking the tuition money go after them and demand to be taking seriously. Mosbey’s team also includes Alf (Rizwan Abbasi), an Afghan who knows a lot about blowing things up. Choco is a tough guy from El Salvador who is offended that anyone would speak English in LA. And Rourke does his thing. Here the funniest character is Mark Heiss (Christopher Walken), a TV producer an other great actor here. Domino is fun plus it is edited à la MTV. It has a yellow greenish graphic stylization feel to it. Domino is a big mess it feels like a punk-rock fever dream. Quick razor-sharp cut editing with some slow mo action at times. An unusual thriller here that feel like you on LSD watching it and it looks cool. But like I said it is inspired by of the life of Domino and a hell of a vision from Tony Scott. Like Jean-Luc Goddard has always said To do a film all you need is a girl and a gun.

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Domino (2005)

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DINNER (1982)

A film by Barry Levinson.
Cast: Steve Guttenberg, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon.
Young men in particular seem to regard women with a combination of admiration, desire, and dread that is quite out of their control. Back in the 50’s young men went to a diner and consume cheese burger and fries, coke chocolate malteds, Lucky Strikes, and loud arguments about football teams and pop singers. “Diner” is a story about several such young men, who live in Baltimore. They share one awkward problem: They are growing up, painfully and awkwardly, at an age when they are supposed to have already grown up. Adolescence lasts longer for some people, Those guys are best friends and they are going to take on the world and they are going to go to school in the fall, jobs and even marriage are coming their ways. “Diner” is structured a lot like “American Graffiti”. It is the adolescence kicking and they are after casual sexual encounters? getting drunk and hang over. It is quite clear that they must go on with their lives without the comfort of the diner. All of the scenes in the diner were filmed last after the cast got to know each other. The dialog in those scenes is a combination of scripted and improvisational. Ellen Barkin said in 2000 that her character Beth remains the closest to how she felt in real life of any role she had ever played. Great little film there.

Diner – Behind the Scenes documentary

JOHNNY HANDSOME (1989)

A film by Walter Hill.
Cast: Mickey Rourke, Ellen Barkin, Elizabeth McGovern.
Johnny Handsome is a deformed gangster who plans a successful robbery with a friend of his, Mikey Chalmette, and another couple (Sunny Boid and Rafe Garrett). During the heist, Johnny and Mikey are double-crossed by Sunny and Rafe—Mikey is killed and Johnny sent to prison. While in prison, Johnny is invited to a rehabilitation program, where Dr. Steven Fischer rebuilds Johnny’s face and helps Johnny get paroled. Johnny starts working in a shipyard, where he meets Donna McCarty and starts a romance. Lt. A.Z. Drones is a skeptical detective who follows the rehabilitation of Johnny. Johnny’s new life is consumed by the desire of payback.

“Johnny Handsome” comes out of the film noir atmosphere of the 1940s, out of movies with dark streets and bitter laughter. This is a simple film by all mean. A great film noir by long shot. Walter Hill, who directed this film, and Rourke, who seems to seek out difficult projects, would not have been interested in a simple approach. This is dark material, and they head for the shadows. This film has real style. the cinematographer Matt Leonetti has done a great job to make you feel the loneliness of the characters as well of the city, the music between blues and Jazz sob as I call it. The performances of the actors stand out and it look like Rourke likes doing those difficult project at the time. Nice going Hill I love this one.

RUMBLE FISH (1983)

A FILM BY FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA.
CAST: Matt Dillon, Mickey Rourke, Diane Lane.
Rusty James is the leader of a small, dying gang in an industrial town. He lives in the shadow of the memory of his absent, older brother — The Motorcycle Boy. His mother has left, his father drinks, school has no meaning for him and his relationships are shallow. He is drawn into one more gang fight and the events that follow begin to change his life.
Francis Ford Coppola, who made “Rumble Fish,” calls it an “art film for teenagers.”And he is right.
The teenagers in the movie inhabit an unnamed big American city, perhaps in the 1950s. They’re clones from “Blackboard Jungle” and all the punk gang images in dozens of other films. Their hero is Rusty James (Matt Dillon), a young, handsome, doomed gang leader. His hero is his older brother, Motorcycle Boy (Mickey Rourke), who has just returned from California to teach Rusty James some of the sad lessons of life.
Rumble fish Is daring offbeat and has style. Nice one by Coppola.

THE WRESTLER (2008)

A fim by Darren Aronofsky.
Cast: Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Woods.
This is a drama about an aging professional wrestler, decades past his prime, who now barely gets by working small wrestling shows in VFW halls and as a part-time grocery store employee. as his health decline he works full time at the grocery store at a deli as he find a bit of romance with a stripper and trying to reconciled with his daughter. Everything comes crumbling down and he finds out that there is a match that a promotor offers him that might be the road back to stardom. a great performance by Mickey Roorke the stripper also knows that her career is coming to an end, but unlike The Ram she seems to have plans after she retires, and her finances are in good order. It’s gritty, raw, sometimes depressing, sometimes funny. No happy ending there but a good solid story about people from different walk of life. Great performances by the actors. and well directed by the director.

ANGEL HEART (1987).

A film by Alan Parker. Harry Angel has a new case, to find a man called Johnny Favourite. Except things aren’t quite that simple, and Johnny doesn’t want to be found. Let’s just say that, amongst the period detail and beautiful scenery, it all gets really, really nasty. Robert De Niro’s performance is an impersonation of Martin Scorsese. Alan Parker claims that Robert De Niro’s performance as Louis Cypher was so eerie and realistic that he generally avoided him during his scenes, letting him just direct himself.