Michael Mann's first film, THIEF, establishes his modus operandi that reaches through his entire filmography (MANHUNTER, HEAT, COLLATERAL, MIAMI VICE, and PUBLIC ENEMIES to a greater extent). THIEF exudes style, with a solid performance by James Caan. Adjectives like slick and cool come to mind. Added bonus: A synth-licious score by Tangerine Dream.
The American Dream as seen through the demented eyes of Michael Bay. The film is sexist, homophobic, and quite vile; it is without a doubt Bay's vision. With PAIN & GAIN, Bay is finally completely unleashed and the result is fascinating to see. Give me Bay exerting himself as an auteur over being labored by bloated, blockbusters.