[Ooh, look: IMDB's added little thumbnails of the actors on the cast listings.]
This is because Michael Mann is one of my favorite directors.
His 'Manhunter' is far, far superior to 'Red Dragon', the latter of which is just not very interesting. ('Red Dragon' is mostly more faithful to the storyline of the book in a straight-ahead, plodding way, though that means it also includes the stupid part about eating the painting.)
That's because 'Red Dragon' director Brett Ratner is a hack.
It's been a while since I've seen 'The Insider', but the courtroom scenes with Bruce "D-Day" McGill thundering away are beautiful.
I haven't seen 'Ali' yet, and still haven't finished watching 'Collateral' (I keep falling asleep). This is because I hate black people.
Anyway, 'Heat' is constantly in my DVD player, even though lately I find myself sometimes just skipping between the set-piece gun battles.
I quote from it far too often, and it is, in fact, one of the reasons why I am known to call people "slick."
So, I hope that 'Miami Vice' doesn't suck; the reviews from the Onion AV Club and the Village Voice are pretty good; the Washington Post's isn't, though, and Rotten Tomatoes seems split.
One more 'Heat' quote:
Some say that the look and feel of the original "Miami Vice" tv series was the product of two films -- "Thief" (1981) and "Scarface" (1983), as well as alleged memo by Brandon Tartikoff containing the cryptic instruction "MTV Cops." As your link to IMDB shows, "Thief" was directed by Michael Mann. So he has come full circle and would seem to be the logical choice to direct the new movie.
P.S. I enjoyed meeting you at the happy hour.
Well, Mann was Executive Producer for the TV series, after all.
I haven't seen Thief or L.A. Takedown yet -- especially interested in seeing Xander Berkeley in the Waingro role.
Thanks -- Joe
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