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Five favorite movies about Native Americans to watch on Thanksgiving

Tonight at 8/7c we are showing “Last of the Mohicans”. To make this lavish adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper’s kind of boring yet classic 1826 novel writer-director Michael Mann took a break from contemporary crime thrillers like “Manhunter” to go back in time to the age of colonists and native Americans. The story takes place […]

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Five of our favorite Michael Mann movies

“Last of the Mohicans” airs tonight at 8 and 10:30 p.m. ET

Chuck Norris needs to kick America’s action film into shape. (photo)

Chuck Norris needs to kick America’s action film into shape.

Tomorrow will kick off the inaugural edition of Actionfest — “the film festival with a body count,” as it announces itself, complete with a mini Chuck Norris retrospective. It’s billed as the first action film festival, which seems strange considering how many fests exist to serve niches — for documentaries, for genre fanboys, for those […]

“Luck,” big names pile onto Michael Mann helmed HBO series. (photo)

“Luck,” big names pile onto Michael Mann helmed HBO series.

Few filmmakers have a flair for music like Michael Mann, whose prowess for crafting the coolest musical sequences is only rivaled by his muscular firefights and a sustained fetish for shiny vehicles. He’s tops. So even though I couldn’t care less about horse racing, I’m giddy over HBO’s upcoming pilot for “Luck,” which Mann is […]

The great dauteurs of Hollywood. (photo)

The great dauteurs of Hollywood.

Nepotism is an accepted part of the movie business, but given the gender inequality in the directorial ranks, it’s particularly pronounced with the news that Ami Caanan Mann will direct “The Fields.” A thriller starring “Avatar”‘s Sam Worthington as a Texas detective investigating a spate of murders around the state’s oil refineries, “The Fields,” Mann’s […]

Looks like film, but it’s not film. (photo)

Looks like film, but it’s not film.

At the LA Weekly, on-the-verge-of-departure editor Scott Foundas pays Michael Mann a visit on the occasion of the release of “Public Enemies” on DVD. Foundas gets the director to open up a bit about the ways he’s been pushing digital photography into the avant-garde realm while shooting summer action movies. “The advantage of the technology […]

Girls on film, again. (photo)

Girls on film, again.

The year can’t end until someone writes an essay decrying the lack of female directors, both in Hollywood and worldwide. This year, the honors go to the New York Times‘ Manohla Dargis, with the bluntly titled “Women in the Seats but Not Behind the Camera.” The statistics, as usual, are damning: Dargis points out precisely […]

What “Inglourious Basterds” Owes to History (photo)

What “Inglourious Basterds” Owes to History

[Spoilers ahead for those who haven’t seen “Inglourious Basterds.”] There have been two moments in film this year that have moved me to my cine-loving core. Both involved individuals stirred by the power of image, art and mythology. And both illustrated a personal investment for each character (some, real-life characters), revealing a potent significance and […]

New Wave and Old Guard (photo)

New Wave and Old Guard

“The only thing important is where somebody’s going.” That bit of existential wisdom comes from none other than John Dillinger (Johnny Depp), the soft-spoken, bank-jacking antihero of “Public Enemies,” Michael Mann’s latest epic about unhappy tough guys doing what they do best. It’s offered by way of flirtation, as part of Dillinger’s out-of-nowhere and all-out […]

The Action Movie Auteurs (photo)

The Action Movie Auteurs

Michael Mann, Kathryn Bigelow… Tony Scott? It takes a certain type of action movie director to earn the love of the Film Comment crowd. This week on the IFC News podcast, we look at which action filmmakers are taken seriously as artists and why. Download: MP3, 36:50 minutes, 33.7 MB Subscribe to the podcast: [iTunes] […]