In Coldblooded, Priestley plays Cosmo, a sullen young man who lives in the basement of a retirement home taking numbers for the mob. One day he is informed that he is going to be made a hit man, and he soon discovers that he has a natural talent for offing people. A deft script meets subtle performances, a low-key score and a minimalist visual style to create a film that couldn’t be dryer and more pitch-perfect. Fine supporting work from Kimberly Williams, Peter Riegert, Robert Loggia, Janeane Garofalo, Josh Charles and Michael J. Fox make it all the better.
It’s not available on DVD or Blu-Ray (hopefully someday), but I’d be happy to loan you my VHS copy. Of course, then you would need a VCR. What’s a VCR? Exactly. Fortunately, someone with no appreciation for copyright law has posted Coldblooded to YouTube in nine parts. Watch it here. Seriously, take the time. It’s great.