The Insider (1999)

THE INSIDER (1999) dir. Michael Mann. Based on the true story of tobacco industry insider Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe) who does an interview with TV program 60 Minutes, exposing illegality within the company. An incredible epic film, about an essentially unlikable character. One of Russell Crowe’s best performances, as the hard drinking scientist with anger…… Continue reading The Insider (1999)

The Keep (1983)

dir. Michael Mann. A true cult movie. Based on a book of the same name, it’s about Nazi soldiers in Romania during WW2, uncovering an ancient evil, and turning to a Jewish professor for help. Michael Mann’s second feature, after the superior THIEF (1981), starring James Caan. Both films have wonderful atmospheric soundtracks from band…… Continue reading The Keep (1983)

Heat (1995)

dir. Michael Mann. Rewatched HEAT. Natalie Portman is so talented, even at fourteen. I love watching her interact with Pacino. “I gotcha baby. Here’s your momma!”

Thief (1981)

dir. Michael Mann. Making my way back through his catalogue. I now see the connections to HEAT (1995) more closely, thanksĀ @phil_jablon. I forgot how great James Caan is, just so natural and comfortable. Seeing him in this makes me want to re-watch MISERY (1990) and THE GAMBLER (1974) again. Once again phone booths date the…… Continue reading Thief (1981)

Heat (1995)

dir. Michael Mann. Infinitely re-watchable, cold and gripping even 25 years later. One of the first “action” films I saw growing up. The female cast members stood out this time, Ashley Judd on the balcony is terrific. The over-the-top dialogue is still enjoyable. “For me the action is the juice”.