(Carl Franklin Columbia-TriStar, 1995) Set in post-war Watts, the film offered, in the words of one reviewer, 'another shade of noir.' As Easy, Denzel Washington turns in a smooth portrayal, in the laid back tradition of Robert Mitchum. But the film's standout performance is undoubtedly Don Cheadle as Easy's hair-trigger psychotic friend "Mouse." Their relationship alone sets the film apart from its earlier white models. Top-drawer cinematography of Tak Fujimoto and a standout soundtrack, rich in forties jazz, R&B and jump blues, all nicely help evoke the atmosphere of the now lost Central Ave. scene of late forties Los Angeles.