12/2 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:25 am · December 2nd, 2009

• Edna Gundersen talks to Sir Paul McCartney about his musical addition to Kirk Jones’s “Everybody’s Fine.” [USA Today] • In praise of the opening sequence of Michael Mann’s “Ali.” [The Auteurs Notebook] • Pete Hammond reports from Monday night’s premiere of “Up in the Air.” [Notes on a Season]

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Apropos of nothing

Posted by · 12:01 pm · October 25th, 2009

One of the triumphant moments of 21st century cinema:

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THE LISTS: Top 10 performances from Michael Mann films

Posted by · 11:24 am · June 30th, 2009

With the forthcoming release of Michael Mann’s “Public Enemies” (review) dominating — quite impressively, I might add — the publicity circuit this week, all eyes are on Johnny Depp.  An Ulmer Scale X factor for this character study posing as a summer blockbuster, Depp’s performance is sure to draw champions and detractors alike for its […]

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Michael Mann goes deep on ‘Public Enemies’

Posted by · 10:38 am · June 16th, 2009

There’s a reason Michael Mann is my favorite working director.  Consistently saddled with accusations of unyielding perfectionism and idiosyncrasy, he is a filmmaker who sets out to make exactly the film he wants to make every time, and he has the goods to back up the artistic aggression.  The last two times out of the […]

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Mann and music

Posted by · 6:19 pm · April 9th, 2009

I interviewed Michael Mann on Halloween night back in 2006.  Tons of traffic.  And there was a Lakers game, so getting back from the West side was a pain.  The sit-down was part of a larger piece I was writing for The New York Times on Mann’s friend and colleague, screenwriter Eric Roth.  It was […]

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R.I.P. Ron Silver

Posted by · 11:58 pm · March 15th, 2009

This one crept up on me, even though I knew he’s been fighting cancer.  But Ron Silver has left us. David Poland just put up a touching, somewhat personal tribute.  Jeff Wells chimes in here.  I’ve spent the last 10 minutes searching for a good clip of Silver as Angelo Dundee in Michael Mann’s “Ali,” […]

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REVIEW: “Miami Vice” (**1/2)

Posted by · 9:52 am · July 17th, 2006

Michael Mann’s “Miami Vice” is a terribly anxious piece of filmmaking.  By its own erratic and rote design, the film marks, at once, a substantial step down for the writer/director, and merely a lateral move in the realm of stylistic representation. Boasting a curious mish-mash of caricatures and equally original representations, it is certainly the […]

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