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Review - Blackhat

The heat is strangely missing from Michael Mann’s fumbled first foray into the mysterious playground of computer hackers.

On first glance, it’s obvious what drew Mann to such material; hacking demands a methodology and an obsessiveness as life-consuming as the cops and criminals who do battle on the mean streets of the writer-director’s numerous crime movies. 651 more words


MPD Psycho (2000) - "An audience purely on the lookout for sadistic thrills."

Film 2000’s DVD box set of Miike’s TV series Multiple Personality Detective Psycho / Tajuu jinkaku tantei saiko – Amamiya Kazuhiko no kikan (2000), a mildly violent, often beautiful work, proudly displays the critical sound bite,

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MPD Psycho (6 episodes, 2000) – “Well, I think I'm pretty normal.”

That’s what the director says in his defense.  But the director is Takeshi Miike.

Multiple Personality Detective Psycho is a live action adaptation of a manga by Eiji Otsuka. 728 more words

Manhunter (1986)

Michael Mann’s films are always full of striking imagery and breathtaking visual moments and Manhunter is no different. The man knows how to frame and shoot a film. 279 more words

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Tangible Intangibles in Blackhat

Early in Michael Mann’s cyber thriller, Blackhat, Special Agent Barrett (played sturdily as ever by Viola Davis) threatens an official with an overly-dramatic line about making the “intangible” into the “tangible.” The point isn’t the dialogue itself, and in a film filled with over-caffeinated visual poetry stuffed with comments about the contemporary dichotomization of above ground and through-the-net politics this moment surely doesn’t standout. 813 more words


My Week in Movies, 2015 Week 2

Like most of my fellow movie bloggers and podcasters, these past few weeks have been spent looking back at the past year and working out those films that I’ll hopefully still be remembering this time next year. 1,097 more words

My Week In Movies