Before I’m crucified, I would like amend my score by stating that Heat is easily a five-star film in terms of technical execution. It is absolutely a marvel to watch, and Michael Mann deserves accolades for his directorial prowess on display. The man clearly knows how to shoot a film and Heat truly became his behemoth. It is a sprawling epic that takes up nearly three-whole-hours, exposing the lives and vices of both those in law enforcement and the criminal…
Simply bloody good.
In a multitude of ways, Blood Simple echoed Wes Anderson's Bottle Rocket, showcasing a less refined but distinct stamp of a promising filmmaker, or makers in this instance, worthy of praise and paying attention to. However, as each piece of the puzzle fell into place it became obvious that this was equally as thoughtful and attentive as any of the Coen's later works. My only lingering question is this: Did Frances McDormand sign on after reading she…
"I am the last man in the world you want to fuck with."
If Thief's reputation can be attributed to any one thing it's for reinforcing the notion that you should never mess with James Caan.
Michael Mann's seminal film is a staggering staccato across pastel colored streets. His meticulous direction crafts an ambiance peeled straight from a graphic novel, allowing his cast to inhabit a universe that looks and feels more interesting than our own.
As someone who was previously uninitiated with Mann's works, consider me a convert.