Tuesday, March 24, 2015

PACIFIC HEIGHTS (1990) - John Schlesinger

In between Batman gigs, Keaton switched gears and played the villain in this mostly forgettable psychological thriller in the Fatal Attraction/Single White Female mode. As numerous "Vines" have already demonstrated, the man is a whiz at playing manic in all of its various forms (restrained mania, barely restrained mania, comic mania, full manic overload). But coolly menacing, mysterious? It's going to take more than an Armani suit, a sports car and a fixer-upper rowhouse full of cockroaches to make me run a serious background check on Carter Hayes, "the tenant from hell." I dug this movie when it first came out. What was I thinking? Someone should have run a background check on me.

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