Archive for July, 2009

Public Enemies

July 24, 2009

I saw Michael Mann’s new film a few weeks ago and I’ve been mulling over what to write about it for some time now. I’m a huge fan of this director’s work. I have every movie of his on DVD ( apart from ‘The Keep’…when are they going to release this on DVD? ) and was hooked on his directorial style the moment I first saw ‘Heat’ which was also the first movie of his that I ever saw. After watching this magnificent movie I went back to watch everything else he had done. I loved Thief ( I’m of the opinion that this is James Caan’s best performance in a movie ). Manhunter is one of my favourite movies from the 80s, and I can’t believe I never went to see Last of the Mohicans at the cinema…I must have been asleep at the time….I was old enough!!…:$. Anyway recently Mann’s output has been a bit hot and cold, with Miami Vice being his most weakest ( though I still think its a good movie though not great ) This brings us to ‘Public Enemies’. I really enjoyed this movie, it was a good solid thriller and god only knows how we need good thrillers at the cinema given the current predilection for robots that turn into cars or robots that are hell bent on destroying mankind unless John Connor stops them.

Technically the film is amazing. A lot of people have been complaining about the use of digital photography but I thought it added something different to the genre of gangster movies and created a real and intense ‘in the moment’ feel. I was impressed by all the actors ( though Bale seems to be turning into an Oak Tree with every subsequent film he does )…one stand out performance was from Stephen Lang…where did he disappear to for all those years? Its not as boring and flat as people make it out to be, the ending especially with Dillinger wondering through the police station looking at all the pictures of his dead compatriots and watching ‘Manhattan Melodrama’ and sensing it as a version of his death to come was quietly beautiful.

I can’t think of the last time where I saw such well staged action and gun fight scenes. You watch this movie and you realise that there is real craftsmanship behind it. The gunfights are intense but you know exactly whats going on and they are beautifully paced…none of this ‘Michael Bay you’ve killed my brain’ shit. He and others of his ilk need to be schooled on how to shoot action.

Above all else this film is a mature piece of work and not at all to do with anything about robots which in itself is incredibly refreshing.

Network

July 20, 2009

Sidney Lumet at his best. I love this movie not only because it has some great performances; William Holden,Peter Finch, Faye Dunaway….but also because its seems to be so prescient. I watched this movie for the first time today and it was scarey at how it has captured where television is today. Watch it….

Onra – chinoiseries

July 11, 2009

Really digging this album. Its a mad fusion of South-East Asian music over some amazing hip-hop beats.

This guy is deffo one to watch.