Starring Christopher Walken's dead-eyed stare, "King of New York" reframes the gangster movie as a modern-day vampire tale, with a crime boss who moves with ease between elite society and the city's violent underworld.
There's a lot to like about "King of New York," and the ending is a standout, with a final image - a gun dropping, in defeat - that's a quiet punch to the gut.
But it's also a film that feels strangely dated, with a take on the blurred line between good guys and bad guys that doesn't feel especially revelatory in 2021.
Still, the performances are absolutely fantastic, and you can't beat the film's smooth, chilly elegance. And the Plaza Hotel? A perfect setting.