Went to Carolina Theatre tonight to see Killer Joe, William Friedkin's film adaptation of a play. Described as a "southern Gothic dark comedy", Killer Joe is a thoroughly brutal Texas noir that I don't believe can be simply edited down from its NC-17 rating to an R without becoming nonsensical as there's too much narrative delivered in ways that would require reshooting.
Reminiscent of the Coen Brothers' Blood Simple by way of American Psycho, Killer Joe is recommended if you enjoy films like Abel Ferrara's Bad Lieutenant, Jim Thompson's novels, or think Joe Lansdale's stories would be better if his characters were less likable people. Would make an outstanding Fiasco RPG scenario with almost no effort.
Ends Thursday, 9:20pm screenings only.
* On The Road - Kerouac.
* A Late Quartet - Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, and Christopher Walken are three fourths of a New York classical string quartet.