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Michael Mann’s “Public Enemies”

Michael Mann’s “Public Enemies” (photo)

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Director Michael Mann is the master of the musical sequence. Give him a jam, a slick car (or speedboat or private jet) and a couple bad asses with guns and you’re going to get the toughest three minutes of film possible. Sometimes he can’t be bothered to cut the song short and you’ll get more. Sure Johnny Depp is the man, yeah Christian Bale had me at “Cadillac of the sky!,” but it’s Michael Mann’s work I’m looking forward to in “Public Enemies.”

Pick an episode, any episode of Miami Vice, and you’ll find an incredible, often ground breaking use of a pop song. 2006’s feature version of “Miami Vice” was certainly less cutting edge, but Mann’s fetishistic pop music sequences of tough guys in various decadent modes of transportation were no less incredible. Not that he needs a fortune in chrome and gasoline to produce such spectacles for the eyes and ears. Need I mention Mann’s “The Last of the Mohican’s,” which to date, has not been outdone in amazing period action-set-to-music factor.

(Above: Johnny Depp totes a Thompson in “Public Enemies,” Universal Pictures).

A casual review of the composer and the music supes (and from what I’ve seen so far) raises some concern, but put together they have some genius under their belts. A couple newish TV spots don’t reveal much, just the usual summer blockbuster stuff. I don’t hear anything along the lines of a Trevor Jones/Randy Edelman collaboration, but I’ll hold out for the best.

“Public Enemies” opens July 1st.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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