After Dark, My Sweet 09/30/23

KL Studio Classics

The legendary Jim Thompson strikes again: director James Foley’s spin on this intense, character-driven crime piece may be the movies’ truest expression of Thompson’s jaundiced world view. It’s a top title for its players Jason Patric and Rachel Ward, with Bruce Dern sealing the deal. The low-rent margins of Palm Springs are the setting for a sleazy kidnap scheme. We identify with the miserable hero … even as we know he’s his own worst enemy. The extras with the director and star are really good on this true-hearted gem of neo noir. On Blu-ray from KL Studio Classics.