“Pulp” is one of the great films about fakers. Michael Caine in his prime playing a loudmouth ghost writer who dictates his books to a personal aid. All the while, he doesn’t fight the fact that he can’t put his real name on the covers. Caine pals around Italy wearing suits that I would’ve killed to own a decade ago. Now, it just plays up into that fun Mike Hedges’ style that only worked in the 70s and 80s. Sorry to the Croupier fans out there.
But, then there’s Mickey Rooney. Rooney’s oddball role as the celebrity exile hiring Caine to write his life story is amazing. He screws around with everyone, but keeps a cadre of weirdos to back up his whims. When a hitman starts gunning for both Caine and Rooney, things kick it up a notch. Between the oddball comedy, the wanton violence and Caine’s cool demeanor, I’m thrilled that no one has tried to stage an obvious remake. Hell, I feel like I’m tempting fate by bringing it up.
Hopefully, this film will be a prime discovery for those kicking off 2018 right.
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- LPCM 2.0 MONO