An old teacher of mine once said that if you were to dramatize a famous person's life (i.e. make a "biopic"), it would be most effective to stage your story on one day - preferably a critical day of that person's life - rather than try to recount the entire cradle-to-grave scope of their existence. That's a bit extreme, but… read more!
Movies Directed by Michael Mann (in alphabetical order)
You may not know this, but right now the current idol of film school students and other would-be auteurs is no longer Martin Scorsese, Roman Polanski, or Stanley Kubrick. It is Michael Mann. A filmmaker known for displaying a flashy style over the last 20 years (including the Miami Vice and Crime Story TV series), Mann's significance as a director… read more!
Surprisingly tense morality tale, based on recent events, about tobacco industry insider Jeffrey Wigand (a terrific Russell Crowe), who blows the whistle on his employer Brown & Williamson - and by extension the entire tobacco industry - by exposing their unethical practices of increasing nicotine levels in their tobacco blends. Goaded by 60 Minutes producer Lowell Bergman (a fine Al… read more!