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PostSubject: Blackhat   Fri Sep 26, 2014 6:11 pm

Did I mention I´m a huge Michael Mann fan? Having said that, I find his more period-oriented films a bit heavy to digest, while I can watch his current-day crime films endlessly.

So this trailer for his new film Blackhat has me hooked:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1HO07bKGhU
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PostSubject: Re: Blackhat   Fri Sep 26, 2014 8:47 pm

Since Walter Hill got sidelined, Mann seems to be the only director with a positive take on masculinity. Plus, with the current paranoia about online security, Blackhat looks to be quite timely, not something one can normally say about Mann's output.
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PostSubject: Re: Blackhat   Sat Sep 27, 2014 12:24 am

It's a shame that they allowed Hemsworth to play the main character.

Looks like it could have had potential.
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PostSubject: Re: Blackhat   Sat Sep 27, 2014 12:29 am

Yeah. Hemsworth can't act his way out of a paper bag. Utterly out of his depth in RUSH.

Ambler, although I'm not a fan of Michael Mann at least we agree on Walter Hill.
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PostSubject: Re: Blackhat   Sat Dec 13, 2014 4:42 am

New trailer:

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PostSubject: Re: Blackhat   Sat Dec 13, 2014 4:57 am

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PostSubject: Re: Blackhat   Sat Dec 13, 2014 5:01 am

I've come around on Mann in the past year. I'm looking forward to Blackhat.
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PostSubject: Re: Blackhat   Sat Dec 13, 2014 5:26 am

Criterion did a damn good job with their Blu-Ray edition of Mann's THIEF. I recommend it to fans of the film, or anyone on the fence when it comes to Mann's work.
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PostSubject: Re: Blackhat   Sat Dec 13, 2014 5:35 am

Thief is an uncompromising and adult bit of story telling. It makes no concessions to happy endings and wishful thinking, and is all the stronger for that. I hate to think what someone like Spielberg would've done with it.
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PostSubject: Re: Blackhat   Sat Dec 13, 2014 5:12 pm

He probably would have replaced all the guns with walkie-talkies.  wink

Personally I'm on the fence about Blackhat right now given I didn't much care for Mann's previous two films (Miami Vice re-make and Public Enemies) and do get a bit of the Miami Vice-remake vibe from the trailer. But I do wholeheartedly recommend Thief to those interested in the director's work, Manhunter as well which I've really warmed up to more over the recent years and rank it as my personal favorite film of his.
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PostSubject: Re: Blackhat   Sat Dec 13, 2014 8:13 pm

Yes, Manhunter's reputation can only increase. It's always been highly rated in in the UK thanks to the late Alexander Walker (check out Walker's trilogy, Hollywood England, National Heroes and Icons in the Fire), but the rest of the world lagged behind.

Re Mann's Vice and Enemies, I regret to say Luck isn't essential either. It has the usual Mann interest in masculinity, courage and honour, but maybe he's trod that ground too often.
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PostSubject: Re: Blackhat   Sat Dec 13, 2014 11:58 pm

MANHUNTER is an interesting experiment, but it's compromised by some clumsy needle-drop scoring (Michel Rubini's Graham's Theme is the worst kind of cloying, sonic wallpaper, although the two Shriekback records work well), Mann's MTV aesthetics, and an awkward ending.
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PostSubject: Re: Blackhat   Sun Dec 14, 2014 1:30 am

Largo's Shark wrote:
clumsy needle-drop scoring (Michel Rubini's Graham's Theme is the worst kind of cloying, sonic wallpaper [snip] Mann's MTV aesthetics, and an awkward ending.



Wrong on all counts, but if you want to attack Graham's Theme, its similarity to Comfortably Numb would be a better place to start. It's still a perfectly matched piece of music that you'll never hear in any elevator or shopping mall. Although I might visit those cock-shrivelling environments more often if it was playing.

Here's the music in context. Starts five minutes in:

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PostSubject: Re: Blackhat   Sun Dec 14, 2014 3:35 am

Erica Ambler wrote:
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clumsy needle-drop scoring (Michel Rubini's Graham's Theme is the worst kind of cloying, sonic wallpaper [snip] Mann's MTV aesthetics, and an awkward ending.



Wrong on all counts, but if you want to attack Graham's Theme, its similarity to Comfortably Numb would be a better place to start.

I was referring to the heavy-handed way it's used in the film. In particular I was thinking of this scene where William Petersen talks to Kim Greist on the jetty.



It's not a scene that needs music, but if it did, I would have preferred something more sensitive to the emotional beats of the scene, than Comfortably Numb's 4 chords on an infinite loop. Perhaps this was an attempt at Brechtian distancing, but it doesn't work. It's irritating, and gets in the way of the performances rather than enhancing them.
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PostSubject: Re: Blackhat   Sat Jan 17, 2015 1:10 am

I'll be seeing Blackhat this weekend. Critical reaction is mixed-to-negative, but my friends have all thoroughly enjoyed it.
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PostSubject: Re: Blackhat   Mon Jan 19, 2015 2:16 am

I liked this a lot. A collage of soulful images.


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PostSubject: Re: Blackhat   Mon Jan 19, 2015 2:51 am

Might be seeing it today.
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