Tag Archives: Michael Mann

The Insider: Under Pressure

WARNING: EXPOSING THE TRUTH MAY BE HAZARDOUS.  I work for a major newspaper in Scandinavia. That means we are a powerful voice in the Swedish media landscape. But just like every other newspaper or network, we are owned by somebody, in this case a Norwegian corporation. The relationship between us and our owners is complicated, … Continue reading The Insider: Under Pressure

We Haven’t Seen the Last of Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali was before my time. I never saw his fights – he was a larger-than-life character I read about long after The Greatest had retired. Watching old clips, like the one above, a 1967 Howard Cosell-hosted encounter between Ali and fellow heavyweight boxer Ernie Terrell that doesn’t end well (although Cosell looks pleased), gives … Continue reading We Haven’t Seen the Last of Muhammad Ali

Heat: Cops and Robbers

A LOS ANGELES CRIME SAGA. I remember watching this movie in a theater back in 1995. After about two hours, a woman asked someone sitting close to her, “Do you know how long this movie is?”. He did know, told her and the woman just left. Some people don’t have the stomach for a story … Continue reading Heat: Cops and Robbers

The Greatest Hits of 2015

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2015 for ya. JANUARY: * Blackhat – Michael Mann’s first directorial outing since Public Enemies (2009) is a cyber thriller starring Chris Hemsworth. Its January release makes it hard to really get excited about it.  * Escobar: Paradise Lost – Notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar reaches … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2015

Public Enemies

AMERICA’S MOST WANTED. It’s 1933 and John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) has just been proclaimed America’s public enemy number one; Bureau of Investigation agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale) intends to hunt him down. A disappointment considering director Michael Mann’s talent; the movie is leisurely paced, nothing new comes out of an oft-told story and the HD cinematography … Continue reading Public Enemies

Miami Vice

NO RULES. NO ORDER. NO LAW. Miami police detectives Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs (Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx) go undercover for the federal authorities in order to expose a very sophisticated drug ring. Sounds familiar, huh? The story is reminiscent of old scripts for the TV series (which was executive-produced by Michael Mann), but this … Continue reading Miami Vice

The Last of the Mohicans

THE FIRST AMERICAN HERO.   Some time in the late 18th century, Cora Munro (Madeleine Stowe), the daughter of an English officer, arrives in war-torn America and falls under the protection of Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis), who was raised by the Mohicans. Here’s a first attempt to turn James Fenimore Cooper’s classic into something that isn’t … Continue reading The Last of the Mohicans

Ali

FORGET WHAT YOU THINK YOU KNOW. Perhaps Michael Mann was looking for a Best Picture Oscar when he made this biography about the ten most interesting years, 1964-1974, in Muhammad Ali’s life. It has a nice feeling of the period, a touch of grandeur and a central performance of the kind that is usually rewarded … Continue reading Ali

Collateral

IT STARTED LIKE ANY OTHER NIGHT. Los Angeles cab driver Max Durocher (Jamie Foxx) takes a passenger (Tom Cruise) who turns out to be a hit man with a contract on five people; he needs Max to drive him to their locations. Much like the director’s previous thriller Heat (1995), this one also has an … Continue reading Collateral