Featuring Keith Uhlich
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From the intro:
“Director Michael Mann has lived many lives. His career started with the 1979 TV movie The Jericho Mile, immediately moved into comfortably pulpy material with 1981’s crime thriller Thief, and even waded into atmospheric b-horror territory with 1983’s The Keep. Always with one foot deep into the world of television, Mann reinvented the serial drama with Miami Vice in 1984, a series which carried an attitude that would affect all heavyweight television today as well as Mann’s own later work. Though he could play the high-profile Hollywood game with big-budget pictures The Last of the Mohicans, Heat, and Ali, Mann is now known for defying the Hollywood look, even in those films, and placing his own brand of visual and tonal experimentation over pulp material. 2004’s Collateral brought digital filmmaking out of the festival circuit and into common practice. 2006’s Miami Vice now stands as a cult classic among many cinephiles, its moody dialogue and neon photography communicating something that most neo-noir films have never touched. 2009’s Public Enemies and 2015’s Blackhat remain divisive among cinephiles but well-loved by many acolytes as Mann’s rough digital look is still undeniably there despite the improvements made to the medium. You’ll know a Michael Mann film when you see it.”
“The way in is usually through the amygdala, not the cerebral cortex.”
– Michael Mann
“My life’s a disaster zone. I got a stepdaughter so fucked up because her real father’s this large-type asshole. I got a wife, we’re passing each other on the down-slope of a marriage – my third – because I spend all my time chasing guys like you around the block. That’s my life.”
– Vincent Hanna in Heat
“Criminals do not die by the hands of the law. They die by the hands of other men.”
– Man and Superman by George Bernard Shaw
Guest Keith Uhlich is a member of the New York Film Critics’ Circle and has written for Slant Magazine, Time Out New York, The Hollywood Reporter, The AV Club, BBC, Reverse Shot, and many other publications.
The painting above is Alex Colville’s Pacific (1967).
- A roundtable podcast on Miami Vice
- Mann speaks on the preparation of Blackhat
- Mann discusses Collateral
- The EW interview: Mann discusses his TV work: Part 1, Part 2
- Michael Sragow interviews Mann about The Insider
- F.X. Feeney interviews Mann for DGA Magazine
- Mann on The Hollywood Masters
- Keith’s Blackhat review
- Calum Marsh’s Miami Vice overview
- The House Next Door discusses Michael Mann’s work
- Matt Zoller Seitz’s video essays: Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
- Tom Noonan reflects on Manhunter
- Legendary critic Andrew Sarris on Public Enemies
- Senses of Cinema: Great Directors entry
- The Cinema of Michael Mann from Columbia University Press
- Blood in the Moonlight from Mcfarland & Co. Inc. Pub.
|The Jericho Mile||1979|
|The Last of the Mohicans||1992|