Personally more interesting to me as a chronicle of this clash of two seemingly incomprehensibly agreeable cultures, and how the acceptance of Blues music in England was radically different from what the primary practitioners experienced in America. Going from the indignities of racism and the strife of living from gig to gig, to being heralded as heroes of music to people like The Rolling Stones and playing places like the Royal Albert Hall. It could have focused more on the social side as opposed to the artistic one, but overall a worthy look at a time that completely changed music.
What really woke me up to his influence on guitarists who came after him was reading David Gilmour's flattered response to an interviewer saying the beginning of one of Pink Floyd's songs reminded him of Peter Green's playing. I'd already had some vague idea that Fleetwood Mac started out as almost a completely different rock band, and that their front-man had almost gone the way of the Floyd's own mercurial leader Syd Barrett.
The first time I'd seen Green perform…
One element I haven't seen much in the praise of this film is actually how funny it is. There is a subtle but direct layer of levity, which is mostly used to ease the very palpable tension. I saw it twice in theaters and both times one particular line got a hearty response from the audience. Nearly all of it surrounds the chemistry of it's two leads, and the individual choices they made regarding their characters.
Tom Cruise (in arguably…
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There's a ruthlessness to James Caan's performance as Frank that cuts through like one of his tools of the safe-cracking trade. It's 100% pure alpha-male bravado, that can be quickly brought down to earth. Whether it's by his best friend or his wife, there is as equally no fear to the emotion he brings. That's one thing (of many) about Michael Mann's work that is so engaging, is how he shows his protagonists (as well as his antagonists, too) balancing…