I remember a film I saw between 1985 — 1995 (should be made before or during those time):in the beginning, some guys come to the protagonist’s house, he is hurt in some way and falls to the floor, they construct a time-bomb, in part using a decorative toothpick holder (a bird on a stand that will “fetch” the toothpick for you.) I think. They leave, we watch him struggle to turn off the bomb but of course it goes off before he is able. The rest of the movie is about him taking revenge (against the same mob guys I believe) while living in a decrepid loft (the old burn scene?)
factoid: he has a girlfriend, who probably assumes he died in the fire, throughout the movie she may have seen him a few times, but might never be sure, even to the end, if he was there.
factoid: when the mob visits, they use a cigar cutter while talking to him. The shot focuses on it for a bit (i guess it looks scary – like a finger cutter?)