The Big Easy
I love this film, probably for the same reason I love Sea Of Love – both feature Ellen Barkin, and I first saw both aged about 12.
But this is a good, fun neo noir, set in New Orleans with Dennis Quaid as an easy-going cop trying to keep the lid on a spate of tit-for-tat gangland slayings whilst uptight DA Barkin comes sniffing round corruption allegations.
A definite chemistry between the two leads, some nice taut storytelling, and interesting characters mean you don’t really care about shonky Cajun accents and all that. Well, I don’t, not when I’m watching Ellen Barkin’s ‘foxy-aunt-stricken-by-minor-stroke’ phizzog.