August 3 2015 Drama Movies Newsletter
"In the Thirties and Forties people saw a movie once or twice a week. Now people see moving pictures six hours a day. So what's the motivation to go to the cinema? It has to be to have a different order of experience. Cinema has to be more experimental, it has to transport people away, it has to provide them with a suspension of disbelief, a feeling they've been swept up into another reality they can't get when they're bigger than the image." Director Michael Mann
Michael Mann is an ambitious director. So even when he does not achieve his goals, as in the film "Blackhat, he is still worth discussing. Mann has a distinctive visual style that I think is partly informed by his respect for silent films. When he was asked in 2002 to list what he considers the 10 most important films in cinema history, three of those films were from the 1920s.
"Blackhat" uses Mann's usual color palette of blues and grays, but he also adds pops of red and green due to the film's Asian characters and locations. He continues to demonstrate his fondness for filming at night. What "Blackhat" lacks is a memorable character like James Caan played in Mann's 1981 film "Thief". Mann generally releases a film every three to four years, so it will be some time before his next project is announced.
Last week, I reviewed Tobias Lindholm's film "A Hijacking". It was just announced that Lindholm's next film, "A War", will be premiering at the Venice Film Festival in September. The subject of the film concerns Danish soldiers in Afghanistan. It is interesting that Lindholm chose to use three of the same actors in both films.
As the fall festival season heats up, there will be many new drama movie releases. Included are Michael Keaton's new film and two films each from Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford. I also posted on the drama movies forum about new releases from Antonio Banderas and Leonardo DiCaprio. Now we just need the time to see all of these new films!
Here's the latest article from the Drama Movies site at BellaOnline.com.
Blackhat Film Review
Acclaimed director Michael Mann returns with another crime drama. "Blackhat" stars Chris Hemsworth as an imprisoned hacker who is offered his freedom in return for helping the FBI hunt down the ultimate cyber criminal.
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