The Hot Spot 04/24/21

KL Studio Classics

A sizzling neo-noir that should have boosted Dennis Hopper into feature bankability goes a tad slack — my guess is that Hopper’s fine directing instincts got blurred in the editing process. Don Johnson, Virginia Madsen, Jennifer Connelly and others are well cast in Charles Williams’ hardboiled sex ‘n’ crime yarn, and the temperature indeed rises when Johnson gets near his co-stars. The narrative momentum breaks down somewhat, but the great-looking show is still a favorite, atmospheric and oversexed. With Jack Nance, on Blu-ray from KL Studio Classics.