Public Enemies

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10 Mob Movie Ladies You Don’t Want to Mess With

Catch Scarface this month on IFC.

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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

“Inception,” and how to market a film while maintaining a sense of mystery. (photo)

“Inception,” and how to market a film while maintaining a sense of mystery.

Not since Peter Jackson was fresh off “Lord of the Rings” has a filmmaker had as much leverage to do whatever he likes as Christopher Nolan has gotten for “Inception.” The one oasis of hope in an otherwise predictable-looking summer, “Inception” naturally raises a niggling doubt. What if Nolan takes all that money and freedom […]

How a horrific opening made Universal reconsider horror. (photo)

How a horrific opening made Universal reconsider horror.

People often rhapsodize about how the studios of Old Hollywood had distinct personalities. MGM cornered the market on star-studded prestige melodramas and musicals, Paramount aped Continental elegance under Ernst Lubitsch’s guidance and, of course, Universal had the horror movies. Nowadays, the studio logo is a faceless thing, no longer carrying that kind of iconographic resonance. […]

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 […]

Why Wisconsin won’t be the next Hollywood. (photo)

Why Wisconsin won’t be the next Hollywood.

A few years ago, states were playing tax incentive chicken with each other to see who could offer the best deals to lure film and TV productions away from the familiar confines of California and Toronto to shoot in their neck of the woods. And now they’re paying for it. As the Los Angeles Times […]

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] […]

Nollywood, Bollywood and a Little Bit of Hollywood (photo)

Nollywood, Bollywood and a Little Bit of Hollywood

A little lightness this week to offset last week’s doom and gloom in theaters; love is in the air, as we enjoy imported romance alongside some family friendly animation and docs on the film industry and its players. Download this in audio form (MP3: 7:28 minutes, 10.3 MB) Subscribe to the In Theaters podcast: [XML] […]