Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, 2005
The Nice Guys, 2016
I’m really fascinated by how much these two movies have in common. Both loosely take their cue
from Mike Shayne novels, and feature a crook teaming up with a private eye. The stories are articulated around
parental relationships, and the difficulty of finding and following a
moral compass in L.A.’s shiny, artificial movie world (great movie people parties in both movies).
Shane Black of course made his name as a screenwriter, but he’s also an amazing director. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and The Nice Guys are not only perfectly written, both in their overall plot and character arcs and in each individual scene, with a great mix of comedic and serious matter, but the actor direction, choreography, and camera movements all work together to create a perfect movie experience.
Two great movies I wish more people had seen.