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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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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Best review ever

Posted by · 9:49 am · June 19th, 2009

I put in Michael Mann’s “Thief” for the first time in a few years last night.  Partly preparation for an upcoming installment of The Lists, partly just general Mann-watching in the wake of this week’s “Public Enemies” screening.  Anyway, I did some searching on the net, poking in the usual corners while watching the flick, […]

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