Stay tuned…

Posted by · 2:26 pm · March 4th, 2009

Still dealing with the server switch and various other things (Vegas and a bad night at the craps tables will take the motivation out of anyone).  Plenty to chew on (DiCaprio and “Inception,” the “Public Enemies” materials that look oddly un-Mann, etc.  We’ll be here griding away soon enough.  Sorry for the delays.




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  • 1 3-04-2009 at 3:27 pm

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Well that Public Enemies trailer is very much “Mann”. I can imagine all those fancy digital cameras being a little distracting in a period piece such as this. Or it could be brilliant. The trailer looks greats nonetheless.

  • 2 3-04-2009 at 3:35 pm

    Chad said...

    Cinematography is not doing it for me.

  • 3 3-04-2009 at 4:36 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I disagree, Jonathan. I feel like nothing so far about this film would make me think it was a Michael Mann joint, and that’s a first. It’s all decidedly more…”Universal,” I suppose. And none of that is bad, just different. I’m still eagerly anticipating the film.

  • 4 3-04-2009 at 4:41 pm

    John Foote said...

    Come on guys…Mann, Depp, Bale — gangsters????? I’m there.

  • 5 3-04-2009 at 4:44 pm

    Matty D. said...

    I don’t think Public Enemies will be an awards contender at all. I could be completely wrong, but the trailer does nothing for me and it doesn’t look like anything special save for the fun of it. Much UNLIKE The Dark Knight last year. Except for Marion Cotillard. (But is it me or is her American accent very….french?)

  • 6 3-04-2009 at 4:58 pm

    BurmaShave said...

    This really looks to be an aesthetic continuation of COLLATERAL and MIAMI VICE, which is risky but fine. Maybe if I didn’t know it was his film I wouldn’t, but that’s unprovable. And Matty D. I believe Billie Frechette was French.

  • 7 3-04-2009 at 4:59 pm

    Matthew said...

    That trailer felt like quintessential Mann for me. The digital cameras, the wonderfully directed action set pieces, the music – it’s all very Mann-ish. Which for me, was awesome to see.

  • 8 3-04-2009 at 5:10 pm

    McGuff said...

    Kris: I’ll be in Vegas this weekend … which casino’s craps tables should I be particularly avoiding?

    Hope you played the Don’t Pass…

  • 9 3-04-2009 at 5:59 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I was on fire at the Wynn and Encore, but the MGM and Mandalay Bay owned me.

    I stare daggers at Don’t Passers. Coolers. Rat bastards.

  • 10 3-04-2009 at 6:14 pm

    Andre said...

    hey Kris,

    have you seen Watchmen yet? would love to know what a fellow comic book geek thought of it.

  • 11 3-04-2009 at 6:50 pm

    Joel said...

    I second Andre. Eagerly awaiting your response.

  • 12 3-04-2009 at 9:06 pm

    Zan said...

    It’s weird to have digital cameras filming a movie that’s supposed to take place in the 1930’s.

  • 13 3-04-2009 at 9:23 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    By that logic, wouldn’t it be “weird” to film anything that’s supposed to have taken place over a couple hundred years ago?

  • 14 3-04-2009 at 9:31 pm

    BurmaShave said...

    Excellent point Tapley, made much better than things I’ve said elsewhere.

    One of the things I liked so much about JOHN ADAMS was the immediacy the digital filming brought to the proceedings. It remains to be seen whether it works as well for a period action movie. By the way, the best cinematography I’ve ever seen in a Johnny Depp movie was in THE NINTH GATE, so it’s not everything…

  • 15 3-04-2009 at 10:14 pm

    Mr. Gittes said...

    Inception is the last thing Christian Bale needs to be in right now. Yes, Nolan’s next will probably be damn good, but Bale doesn’t need to do another summer movie right now. Of course, Bale may have never been considered by Nolan anyway.

    I don’t know, I want to see Bale as the lead in the Coen’s Yiddish Policemen’s Union or something. Something inspired.

    The Public Enemies trailer was all Mann. Intense close-ups, guns, composition, etc. The poster, however, screams all Universal.

  • 16 3-04-2009 at 11:38 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    A second look (on a 24 inch HD screen rather than an iPhone) has me wanting to agree with you on the trailer more and more, Gittes. It took the closing montage over the Otis Taylor song to do it, though.

  • 17 3-05-2009 at 12:33 am

    Mr. Gittes said...

    The closing montage is the best part, especially the last shot before the main title where Bale is hanging onto the car by one arm and blasting away with a tommy on the other. All Mann.

    There are several shots in the trailer that are trademark Mann:

    1) The master shot in which Depp and Co. are escaping from prison at the 1.36 mark. The blue skies populated with scattered clouds lying above the prison walls is reminiscent of the scene in Miami Vice when Gong Li’s character is disembarking from her private jet.

    2) At the 2.11 mark, Depp is seeking cover behind a tree reloading his tommy. This is very similar to, say, Farrell in Vice seeking cover behind a tree in the trailer park sequence.

    3) At the .34 mark, Stephen Dorff of all people has got a hostage and Dorff is firing away resting his gun on his hostage’s right shoulder. This is almost almost identical to Tom Sizemore in Heat when he grabs the little girl and fires at the cops.

    4) The title “Johnny Depp” against the shot of Depp’s back is similar to a lot of shots in The Insider, especially when Crowe is standing on a lawn looking out at the Gulf of Mexico contemplating as to whether he should proceed with his deposition.

    And many more. All right. I’m done. Mann’s just my favorite. Sorry.

    I hope Enemies makes a boat load so Mann can do whatever he wants. For Whom the Bell Tolls? Untitled 30’s Noir? The Few? An epic Western?

  • 18 3-05-2009 at 2:16 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Watchmen, just 90 minutes from now!

  • 19 3-05-2009 at 6:45 am

    Mike said...

    I think the trailer looks great and very Mann-like, but its just a little too pristine, need some grain, still cant wait for this movie.

  • 20 3-05-2009 at 7:07 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    It wasn’t the specific shots I was contesting as vintage Mann, Gittes, so much as the way they were cut together for this trailer.

  • 21 3-05-2009 at 7:08 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    And I think the Hemingway is off. I want him and Roth to dig back into “Comanche,” personally.

  • 22 3-05-2009 at 7:10 am

    actionman said...

    I had to change my pants after watching the Public Enemies trailer. Sen-fucking-sational.

  • 23 3-05-2009 at 7:39 am

    Zan said...

    Kris: That’s not what I meant. There’s just something about the way digital cameras blur the picture slightly that makes them seem a lot more of-age than, say, a standard camera. Instead of looking like the beautiful DP work in “The Assassination of Jesse James”, it looks more like a re-run of “Taxicab Confessions”.

  • 24 3-05-2009 at 8:20 am

    drbenway said...

    I agree with Zan. Maybe it’s just the way our eyes have been trained to watch movies, but I do find a lot or most digital cinematography makes you more aware of itself, if that makes any sense. It all looks like home movies, to me…

    That said, I’m sure it will be less of an issue once you’re actually sitting there in a darkened theatre and the story’s zipping along…

  • 25 3-05-2009 at 9:51 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    I just watched Collateral again and boy do those digi cams work miracles there. Anyhow, great film still.
    And about Watchmen:

    Good film. Zack Snyder did a good job adapting the difficult and unfilmable material by putting a film on the big screen (I mean this literally) that is comprehensible and accessible for a wide audience. I’m eager to see the supposed Director’s Cut on dvd in a few months since it’ll be much denser.

    Having said that, the movie is every bit as visionary the graphic novel was in that it simply copies the visuals and images from the source. Much like 300 it brings the novel to life and nothing more.

    Oh and the ending is simply a bit more logical in sense of audience expectation and character-arcs. Only the real fanboys will nitpick about it.

  • 26 3-05-2009 at 10:02 am

    Mr. Gittes said...

    Oh, I know, Kris, I was just going on and on about the things that I saw in the trailer. The pacing, however, was a little off until the montage at the end. Too bad the trailer didn’t feature any of Goldenthal’s music.

    Comanche sounds goooood.

  • 27 3-05-2009 at 10:58 am

    drbenway said...

    Kris,

    Speaking of things you should report on once things are back on their feet, how about the flurry of recently ‘The Tree of Life’ news…

  • 28 3-05-2009 at 11:34 am

    Troy said...

    Yeah, among other things, it just became a huge visual effects contender.

  • 29 3-05-2009 at 11:44 am

    BurmaShave said...

    Otis Taylor! Thank you. Great trailer, takes a few viewings. Also this will excite maybe four other people, but I was pleased by the split-second featuring of Jason Clarke from BROTHERHOOD. Checked IMDb and he is indeed on board.

  • 30 3-05-2009 at 11:59 am

    Mr. Gittes said...

    Bale’s next project? Scroll down to the bottom.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/08/automobiles/autoshow/08ghost.html

  • 31 3-05-2009 at 1:59 pm

    Troy said...

    The Limits of Control trailer is also out, and it looks amazing.

  • 32 3-05-2009 at 2:44 pm

    Rob said...

    Err… Your thoughts on Watchmen Tappers ?

  • 33 3-05-2009 at 10:30 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Rather not address something like that in the comments section…

  • 34 3-06-2009 at 12:25 am

    JAB said...

    Watchmen=not completely disappointing.

  • 35 3-06-2009 at 1:14 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    OMG I had the weirdest dream last night, there were suddenly a thousand new articles here and I couldn’t keep up with them :s. True story.

  • 36 3-06-2009 at 1:44 am

    jack said...

    http://www.blogdecine.com/trailers/los-abrazos-rotos-trailer

    new trailer from broken embraces. the film is about 150 minutes

  • 37 3-06-2009 at 9:29 pm

    Harry said...

    Highly anticipating Nolan’s Inception. I think he’s the only director on the planet that hasn’t made a bad movie.

  • 38 3-07-2009 at 11:33 am

    Casey Fiore said...

    is there gonna be a flood of articles unleashed on us when the server switch is finished? i fear mass destruction

  • 39 3-07-2009 at 4:17 pm

    sc072806 said...

    It’s nice to see a place where people are not so narrow-minded about the use of digital for a period piece. Had Mann selected film, I would’ve been upset because that’s nothing new. Going for immediacy in the 30s, like taking the view of Vice and simply rolling back 70 years is a unique idea. And I love his intentional use of grain for its impressionist effects, as Harris Savides even pointed out (noting that it wouldn’t fit the concept of Zodiac). Plus, Depp looks dead on Mann-esque, and the concept of weaving an appropriately disjointed romance (like all Mann romances, the character psychology is not what one would call the norm, which is what he finds interesting in the criminal/deviant life) into an action on-the-run plot is fascinating. That being said, most people probably won’t like it, and it won’t be up for any popular awards. Mann doesn’t give in, except maybe a little for marketing, but not the film.