Posts Tagged ‘Jamie Foxx’

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The South sure as hell ain’t gonna rise after this: “Django Unchained”

December 31, 2012

DI PosterIn hindsight it’s sort of surprising it’s taken Quentin Tarantino this long to make a movie about slaves killing their white masters, what with his love of Blaxploitation cinema and a sensibility that seems mostly (if not totally) entrenched in the early ‘70s when race-relations were a tad more overheated than they are today. Still, it seemed to take Inglourious Basterds, and its history-rewriting acts of cathartic violence to put him on this track. In fact, this film has gotten some flack for being a simple retread of IG. It seems to me, though, that IG was the dry run for Django Unchained, since this film is more cohesive and disciplined than many of Tarantino film of late. Of course it’s a sliding scale, but still…
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Michael Mann Week: The Oeuvre of Mann

August 11, 2009

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From his earliest films, Michael Mann established certain signature cinematic traits: a distinct visual style, remarkable soundtracks, protagonists who are consummate professionals at whatever they do, and at least an undercurrent of masculine struggle and angst. What is remarkable is how these traits have shifted, transformed, and matured over the years and course of his filmography. Let’s explore this shall we? C‘mon, like you have anything better to do…

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REPOST: “Miami Vice”

August 7, 2009

In honor of Michael Mann week (end), I’m reposting my review of “Miami Vice,” originally posted February 13, 2008 from Baghdad, Iraq.

miami viceAs a television program Miami Vice has a special place in my heart, since it defined cool in my early teen years. Yeah, the show was faddish and burned out fast, but it also holds an important place in television history as the moment when serious money and talent began being funneled into television programming to narrow the divide between movies and episodic TV. The Shield, Deadwood, The Sopranos, the Wire were all made possible to some degree by Miami Vice. Before Vice, there was CHiPs.
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What Went Wrong: “Miami Vice”

February 13, 2008

miami viceAs a television program Miami Vice has a special place in my heart, since it defined cool in my early teen years. Yeah, the show was faddish and burned out fast, but it also holds an important place in television history as the moment when serious money and talent began being funneled into television programming to narrow the divide between movies and episodic TV. The Shield, Deadwood, The Sopranos, the Wire were all made possible to some degree by Miami Vice. Before Vice, there was CHiPs.
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