King of New York

How did it take me this long to see the greatest movie ever made: The King of New York. It stars the greatest cast ever assembled; from Christopher Walken to Wesley Snipes, from Laurence Fishburn to David Caruso (and everyone in between)

I’m gonna shoot straight with you guys, I have no idea what it’s about. But I’ll tell you what happened: There’s a shootout in a hotel room and some dude busts in and says “room service mother fuckers!”. Christopher Walken gets mugged while on a subway and groping a woman. Instead of killing his muggers, he tosses them a wad of cash and offers them a job. Laurence Fishburn acts like a complete asshole at at a chicken joint. David Caruso, an actor from Queens, does a terrible Brooklyn accent. And who can forget Walken’s dorky-ass dance? Plus, Fishburn gets some killer one-liners, best one being “no one gets a free ride!” after slamming a cop hanging on the side of his car into a fire hydrant.

Naturally, the movie has a lull in the middle, but it picks up in the final act. And for those of us who have trouble paying attention, the moral of the story is summed up in the end: there’s little difference between cops and criminals (I guess that’s the point, I really wasn’t paying attention).

I don’t know if it’s as good as Abel Ferrera’s magnum opus Bad Lieutenant, but it’s pretty damn good. It’s definitely Christopher Walken at his peak before he became known for simply being Christopher Walken.

7 thoughts on “King of New York

  1. My man! I love this movie too. I couldn’t tell you what happens either, it’s been so long since I’ve seen it. All I remember is Fishburne being obnoxious and the Schoolly banger “Am I Black Enough For You?” Shame I can’t exactly sing that in public. I went through an Abel Ferrara phase out of high school. Off the top of my head, I saw this, Bad Lieutenant, his porno, The Driller Killer, Ms. 45, The Funeral, and The Addiction. I’d say Ms. 45 is tied with Bad Lieutenant as his masterpiece.

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    1. Oh yeah! Was that in the scene where the girl’s boobs flopped around? That song slapped! Honestly, I loved every fucking song in that movie. I get Driller Killer and Ms. 45 mixed up, but I loved that scene played by Ferrera where he keeps having to readjust where he’s hanging some picture or shelf or whatever. It goes on WAY longer than needed but it was genius

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      1. That’s probably Driller Killer. He plays an artist painting a buffalo. In Ms. 45, Zoe Lund, writer of Bad Lieutenant, plays a mute seamstress who gets raped twice in one day. She kills the second in self defense (one is Ferrara, forget which) and develops a taste for it 👍

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  2. Saw this for the first time a few months back. I echo all of what you’ve said and what these comments have said. Great flick. Also, I get Ms. 45 mixed up with… uhhh, Eye for and Eye? I think. Anyway, I wasnt expecting to think about any of these films today, so bravo.

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    1. This one has certainly shot to the top of my favorite Christopher Walken movies. Unfortunately I’m getting to the point where every movie blends together. I can’t remember plots much less the names of movies. Some days, I’ll even confuse Requiem for a Dream with Good Burger. I should probably see a doctor. Anyways, thanks for stopping by!


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