Stab me in the eye

Posted by · 7:48 pm · March 1st, 2010

I’m over the moon that “Minority Report” and “Collateral” are finally making their way to Blu-ray, and I look forward to owning “Up in the Air,” but I don’t understand why home video departments feel a need to rape and pillage well-considered and often times singular marketing materials in favor of such generic nonsense as […]

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Zen pulp

Posted by · 3:02 pm · July 10th, 2009

I should really let Matt Zoller Seitz’s words speak for themselves in his ongoing five-part series of video essays concerning director Michael Mann at the Museum of the Moving Image, (“Zen Pulp: The World of Michael Mann”), but I’m a sucker for this stuff. Part one (posted July 1), which you can check out below, […]

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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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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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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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