Movie Marathon Wrap-up #01: Michael Mann

BEST PICTURE:
The Insider

Mann’s most cohesive film. No weak areas. The domestic drama works. He’s able to produce thrill and suspense to great effect without the heist sequences, gunfights, car chases and the like.

Al Pacino, Christopher Plummer and the 60 Minutes team from The Insider


BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE:

Russell Crowe, The Insider

I just realized that I didn’t touch on Crowe’s performance in the review of The Insider. Russell Crowe was a surprise in his nuanced and controlled performance.. He captured the rollercoaster of emotions caused by all the internal turmoil that Wigand had to go through in the story.

Russell Crowe in The Insider


BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE:

Brian Cox, Manhunter

Simply stole every scene he was in.

Brian Cox as Hannibal in Manhunter


BEST SCENE/MOMENT:

McCauley and Hanna in the Diner, Heat

Quoting from my review: ” (Heat) can maintain tension even in its quiet moments, and has one of the most electric scenes you can ever have between two people talking in a diner.” — This is that scene.

Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in the diner scene from Heat


BEST STYLIZED ACTION SEQUENCE:

The Second Heist, Thief

It was either this or the downtown shootout from Heat. This heist scene just impressed me more because of how meticulously detailed and believably authentic it was.

The Second Heist from Thief


MARATHON SCORE:
66/100

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