VENICE: ‘Texas Killing Fields,’ ‘Faust,’ competition stragglers

Posted by · 7:39 am · September 9th, 2011

After a ten-day, 23-film Venice Competition that started slowly but respectably, hit a healthy stride midway through and began wheezing with exhaustion in its closing stages, things have finally ground to a permanent halt with “Texas Killing Fields” (**), the sophomore feature from Ami Canaan Mann — daughter of Michael,  who predictably takes a producer […]

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Mann trying his ‘Luck’ with TV once again

Posted by · 8:51 am · October 11th, 2010

Doesn’t it feel like television is moving into a new golden age?  Everything from hour dramas to half-hour comedies is as impressive as ever and top filmmaking talent continues to make the jump.  We’ve already seen Martin Scorsese’s impact with “Boardwalk Empire” this year and if there’s one thing I’m looking forward to on the […]

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1/15 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 7:42 am · January 15th, 2010

• Anne Thompson sits down with “Food, Inc.” director Robert Kenner. [Thompson on Hollywood] • Scott Foundas talks “Public Enemies” with Michael Mann six months post-release. [LA Weekly] • Peter DeBrudge on how Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient Martin Scorsese’s career has been shaped by early relationships. [Variety]

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11/4 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:36 am · November 4th, 2009

• Gregory Ellwood slams “Everybody’s Fine,” calls last night’s AFI festivities a Miramax wake.  I’m having trouble disagreeing with him. [Awards Campaign] • Rebecca Milzoff gets some face time with “An Education” director Lone Scherfig. [Vulture] • Jim Carrey’s Scrooge rings in the holiday spirit. [Associated Press]

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Mann and ‘Falling Soldier’

Posted by · 4:40 pm · October 5th, 2009

If Mann’s picture is a straight biographical drama it’ll be difficult to tackle this subject without taking a definitive stand on whether or not the photo was staged. I hope, then, that the film is less than standard from a biopic perspective, and tackles questions about the rigorous depiction of events versus creating propaganda for […]

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Mann subs Robert Capa for Robert Jordan

Posted by · 9:15 pm · October 4th, 2009

Director Michael Mann has been trying to get an adaptation of “For Whom the Bell Tolls” off the ground for a while now.  As far back as October 2006 (when I interviewed Mann for an Eric Roth profile), the film was mere days from being announced. I’m not a sleuth like the Anne Thompsons or […]

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7/30 Web Round-up

Posted by · 10:40 am · July 30th, 2009

• Jeremy Piven would like to see an “Entourage” film.  Who wouldn’t? [CNN] • Vincent Cassel refuses to court Hollywood.  Who needs it when you’ve got Monica Bellucci at home? [Daily Telegraph] • Robert Levin sits down with “In the Loop” director Armando Iannucci. [Film School Rejects]

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Goldenthal on scoring ‘Tempest,’ ‘Enemies’

Posted by · 10:54 am · July 23rd, 2009

Lauded composer Elliot Goldenthal doesn’t deign to work all that much in film these days — the lure of stage and opera work is great, particularly when he gets Pulitzer recognition for it — and when he does, it’s not always in projects worthy of his gifts. (Anyone want to hazard a guess why he […]

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Another look at ‘Enemies’

Posted by · 3:00 pm · July 22nd, 2009

I must say, while I’m still struggling to see the use of The Auteurs as a social networking site, it’s a smashing source of film writing. The range and intelligence of discourse there is a joy to read, and is rapidly making the site a daily essential. A case in point is today’s superb three-headed […]

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Zen pulp, Michael Mann, part four

Posted by · 9:07 am · July 21st, 2009

Parts one, two and three and discussion on Matt Zoller Seitz’s video essay series here.  Transcript of part four here, or check it out below:

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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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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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Celebration of amorality?

Posted by · 3:28 pm · July 6th, 2009

Amid the mixed critical reaction to “Public Enemies,” I’ve been surprised at how few critics have responded to the film’s contemporary resonances: the dialogue (intentional or otherwise) between the film’s portrait of the Great Depression and the bleak economic landscape of the present day. One reader recently (and rather astutely) noted the film’s general lack […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Photo finish on ‘Ice’

Posted by · 11:09 am · July 5th, 2009

*Historical figures quoted are adjusted to today’s dollars. It was another close race at the box office this weekend with estimates calling it an exact tie between “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” but Monday actuals might tell a different story. The third entry in the animated series (only […]

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Love your ‘Enemies’

Posted by · 5:25 pm · July 4th, 2009

I’ve had a busy week, so I’m a bit late to the table on “Public Enemies” — but in a way, it seemed fitting to wait until the 4th of July to watch such a muscular, intrinsically American piece of cinema. Much has already been said on these pages about the film, so there’s no […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Academy expands, Malden passes

Posted by · 5:05 pm · July 3rd, 2009

• This week’s Off the Carpet column took a long, hard look at the ramifications of a 10-nominee Best Picture race. • As the popular game of expanding past fields to ten continued, we joined in the speculation. • Meanwhile, AMPAS added 134 members to its voting body, from Seth Rogen to Danny Boyle to […]

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Is the auteur a dying breed?

Posted by · 11:13 am · July 3rd, 2009

By far the boldest, baldest expression of auteur identity I’ve seen in recent times came in the opening credits of Lars von Trier’s “Antichrist.” It’s a sequence that consists of precisely two emphatically scrawled title cards — “Lars von Trier” and “Antichrist” — in that order. No actors, no production credits, no “a film by,” […]

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7/3 Web Round-up

Posted by · 9:56 am · July 3rd, 2009

• A to Z on Michael Mann — all you needed to know about the director. [Empire] • Oscilloscope jumps on the video-on-demand bandwagon, partnering with Warner Digital Distribution. [indieWIRE] • The 10 sexiest gangster girlfriends of all time. [Film School Rejects] • Oh, by the way.  Weeks after outlets jumped the gun, David Carradine’s […]

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