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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7/7 Web Round-up

Posted by · 9:38 am · July 7th, 2009

• Good piece from David Poland about the age-old disconnect between audiences and critics. [The Hot Blog] • Marshall Fine implores you to see “Humpday” instead of “Bruno.” Why not see both, I say. [Hollywood & Fine] • While we’re on that subject, “Transformers” won the weekend box-office battle after all. Ew. [New York Times] […]

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Respectfully disagree

Posted by · 11:11 pm · June 28th, 2009

F.X. Feeney, whose Taschen study on the films of Michael Mann is must reading for fans of the director, has gone on the record with Jeffrey Wells as believing the female characters from Mann’s films to be “deeply observed, self-reliant and fully dimensional.” The comment follows an earlier Wells posting concerning Marion Cotillard’s strong performance […]

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REVIEW: “Public Enemies” (***1/2)

Posted by · 4:00 pm · June 23rd, 2009

Los Angeles Film Festival There is a moment very early in Michael Mann’s “Public Enemies,” featured today as the centerpiece exhibition of the Los Angeles Film Festival, when Depression-era criminal John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) stares into the dying eyes of friend and mentor Walter Dietrich (James Russo) as his band of cohorts flees the scene […]

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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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