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    And Interstellar, too.

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    Quote Quoting Grouchy (view post)
    And Interstellar, too.
    Don't be silly.... Was not the worst movie in a year where you were given films such as 300: Rise of an Empire, Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Legend of Hercules, The Monuments Men, Pompeii, Blended, Into the Storm among others...

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    Don't be silly.... Was not the worst movie in a year where you were given films such as 300: Rise of an Empire, Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Legend of Hercules, The Monuments Men, Pompeii, Blended, Into the Storm among others...
    Movies released the same year as Blackhat: Mortdecai, The Human Centipede III, The Cobbler, The Gallows, Fantastic 4, Tracers, Get Hard, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, Jem and the Holograms...

    Movies released the same year as Public Enemies: Transylmania, Old Dogs, Miss March, The Unborn, Bride Wars, Did You Hear About the Morgans?, THe Ugly Truth, Dragonball: Evolution, Obsessed, Alvin and the Chipmunks 2, I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, Madea Goes to Jail, I Love You Beth Cooper

    I mean, play fair.
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    Nocturama (2016) 68

    Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days
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    The Guns of Navarone
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    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) 65
    A Simple Favor (2018) 47

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    Quote Quoting StuSmallz (view post)
    I think about rewatching Collateral plenty, yo; it was a taut, claustrophobic, stylish urban crime thriller, with a trail-blazing digital visual aesthetic, and an antagonist with a unique, intriguingly nihilistic worldview, which facilitates a rare performance from Cruise where he actually disappears into a particular role, instead of just doing another variation of Tom Cruise: International Superstar. It may not be as ambitious in scope as something like Heat, but any further complications to the film would likely render it a much less tight experience, which is one of its strongpoints in the first place, and one of the main reasons why I've always liked it.
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    1941 is really bad. Interstellar is excellent. More on this, later.

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    I also liked and saw Transformers: Age of Extinction on the big screen.

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    Miami Vice (2006, Michael Mann)



    So keep in mind I have only seen a few episodes of the original TV series, and that I am a 90s kid which means I lack the awe that an 80s kid would have for Miami Vice. But Netflix had the 2006 film and I love Michael Mann's work, so I decided to spend two nights after work catching up on a movie that a lot of people who's opinion's I respect have recommended. Despite being messy at times I really liked, maybe even loved, Miami Vice. The style is layed on heavy in this cops and criminals thriller, and it is thick even for a Mann film. This film is a tasty hamburger where the plot is the ketchup and only exists for flavor.

    Mann goes pure 1980s where the heroes wear shades and have intense gazes off into the sunset or the night sky as they head off to take down obvious villains. Gong Li and Colin Farrell's very tender and close relationship offers a nice batch of gray in this very black and white scenario, although the cops in this film are not above bending the rules. Jamie Foxx seems to be in this movie to offer a contrast to Farrell, particularly as the cop with a more stable life. The drug dealers that Crockett and Tubbs are investigating seem to be mostly background detail, although that is fine in this case. The film does not have enough run time or room to cover them anyways.

    As usual, there are well shot action scenes-Mann does not get enough credit for doing those incredibly well-and plenty of gun play. There is a big shoot out later on that is very entertaining, yet I prefer the trailer park scenes because they are slow and intense. Also Farrell and Foxx are both exceptional actors, and Mann uses both of them to full effect here. Too bad this movie kind of bombed at the box office-perhaps Miami Vice only works best as a TV series.
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    Catching up on this thread...

    I still look forward to Mann's work even though he can be hit and miss for me. I feel like when he hits, he HITS, and when he misses, ooof, the wind off the bat blows my hair back. I don't quite seem to go with normal people's take on him, so go with a grain. (Also I was an 80s kid and watched Miami Vice every damn chance I could.)

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    -Heat
    -Manhunter
    -Miami Vice

    Good
    -Last of the Mohicans
    -Thief

    Okay
    -Ali
    -The Keep

    Dull
    -Blackhat
    -Public Enemies

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    -The Insider

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    Heh I love Thief a lot.

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    Quote Quoting MadMan (view post)
    Heh I love Thief a lot.
    I need to rewatch it (I own on dvd) but I've only seen it once.

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    I own the Criterion blu/DVD combo but I saw it on Netflix, first.

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    I still have to see The Insider, The Keep, Ali and Blackhat.

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