Think of this as a guide through each of Christopher Walken's films, starting with his first and moving forward. Each review will provide analysis, factoids and opinion on the ninety-plus films in his career.
Over the years, Walken has had quite a few roles as the patriarch of a crime-family. These are men who have taken power. Forcefully. They own it. They are mad with it. They strut and preen, basking in the glow of it. They bully, threaten, coerce, torture.
They have underlings and henchmen. Masterplans. Ulterior motives. Secret lairs.
What do they NOT have? Qualms. Mostly about killing you if you’re in their way.
With the possible exception of BALLS OF FURY (which is up for debate), every film on this list is worth watching. This is Walken’s specialty. He does it very well:
Honorable Mentions: Wild Side, Excess Baggage, Kiss Toledo Goodbye, The Country Bears, Kangaroo Jack, Kill the Irishman
Though he’s mentioned in the past that he wants to get away from this kind of role, he’s had more than a decade to play nice guys, best friends, and advisers.
And that’s been fun, it has. But there is nothing like Walken in turbo-maniac mode, nothing.
I look forward (with fevered glee) to the day that Walken comes back to the sinister side of things again.
When he returns to rule the underworlds of our films, and imbue the monsters of our myths with his greatness.