I like Ellen Barkin. I think she's a good actress and I think she's a sexy woman. I'd really say she's better than "good." She always does something a little bit different that makes her characters seem real. Happy Tears is a film that stars Parker Posey and Demi Moore and they're great in the film, so much so that you really forget about everyone else until Ellen Barkin shows up.
I've seen most of her movies and The Big Easy was the first one.
But I never saw Sea of Love.
And I'm a big Al Pacino fan.
So Elaine and I watched it tonight and I really love that movie.
It's a really good movie. It takes forever for Ellen Barkin to show up as Helen. That's my only big complaint.
But it was really good.
And I knew Ellen wasn't the killer.
Let me back up.
Al Pacino's a cop.
Someone, apparently a woman, is killing men. The killer is forcing the men to get naked, mount the bed and thrust around on top of it like they would if they were making love to a woman on it. While they're thrusting, they are shot dead.
Al's on the case and then he meets up with John Goodman who's also working it.
And John Goodman's so good in this movie.
And I knew Ellen wasn't the killer so I started thinking, "Oh, it's going to be Goodman! I don't want it to be him!"
It's not him.
Which made me love the movie even more.
I won't tell you who the killer is but if you've never seen it, you really should.
What lifts it into a classic film is all the character work that Al, Ellen and John are doing. They bring so much complexity to the film.
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