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Culture, The Exhibitionist New on Video: Low-Budget Brosnan in <i>Nomads</i>

New on Video: Low-Budget Brosnan in Nomads

Pierce Brosnan is a handsome, handsome man. I'll always associate him with my first girlfriend, who had a deep crush on him, a crush that translated into us watching everything that was available in Brosnan's filmography. We got…
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Film, The life and crimes of John Dillinger in the fast and furious <i>Public Enemies</i>

The life and crimes of John Dillinger in the fast and furious Public Enemies

"They're all about where people come from. Nobody seems to wonder where somebody's going." So says the Depression-era bankrobber-cum-folk-hero John Dillinger upon surveying the clientele of a chic Chicago eatery in a key scene from Michael Mann's Public Enemies. And,…
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Film, Oh, the Humanity of a Heist

Oh, the Humanity of a Heist

At various times over the last decade, David Fincher, Sam Mendes, and Michael Mann were attached to direct Scott Frank's screenplay for The Lookout, about a brain-damaged high school hockey stud who's smooth-talked by distant acquaintances into robbing a small-town…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish A Masterpiece on Canvas

A Masterpiece on Canvas

Rocky: 2-Disc Collector's Edition (MGM) An old TV commercial for Rocky included here compares Sylvester Stallone to Pacino, De Niro, and Brando -- and though we now know this to be pure madness, it's easy to see what inspired it.…
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Film, Downward Mobility

Downward Mobility

The old Lucas/Spielberg stunt of turning B-movie peekaboos into E-ticket thrill rides remains the industry standard — to the virtual exclusion of other multiplex fare, particularly when school's out. But as not every kid who remade Raiders in Super 8…
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Film, Undercover of the Night

Undercover of the Night

Michael Mann's Miami Vice is like a car that's been stripped of everything but its two bucket seats and rebuilt from the ground up. The protagonists are a pair of detectives named Sonny Crockett (Colin Farrell) and Ricardo Tubbs (Jamie…
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Film, <i>Collateral</i> Damaged

Collateral Damaged

Sheathed in a custom-tailored gray suit and sporting expensively barbered silver hair, Tom Cruise looks like an older, harder version of the self-absorbed L.A. sharpie he played 16 years ago in Rain Man. But in Collateral, a frenetic Michael Mann…
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Film, The Men Who Did Too Little

The Men Who Did Too Little

In the eyes of the general public, Michael Mann is still best-known for Miami Vice. He has received a great deal of critical acclaim for films about serial killers, Mohicans, and bank robbers. So who would have guessed that…
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