The Fog (1980)

The Fog (1980)

You either love John Carpenter or you might not know much about him at all. But if you’re at all a cinephile, you’re probably in the former category – especially if you appreciate horror. 1980’s The Fog is a much-beloved installment in his...
Pray For Death (1985)

Pray For Death (1985)

Pray for Death is an above-average martial arts film. If you like martial arts films, you should watch this one. Keep in mind when I say it is “above average” – there are a lot of really, really terrible ones out there! Released in the prime of Shô...
Manhunter (1986)

Manhunter (1986)

I can’t imagine how special Manhunter must have been to first-time filmgoers back when it came out. It is a creepy, tense, sparse crime drama that relies on our imaginations, rather than explicit gore scenes. I first saw the film about fifteen years later, and I...
Thief (1981)

Thief (1981)

My favorite Michael Mann film – so far. James Caan stars as Frank – a brisk, extremely cloistered high-end jewel thief who rather suddenly stumbles on an idea for a better life. Only in his thirties – but with almost a third of his life spent behind...
Cutter’s Way (1981)

Cutter’s Way (1981)

A somewhat self-involved bit of noir drama, this film a principle charm that surprised me: John Heard. The “That Guy” actor nails it – absolutely NAILS it – in the eponymous role of Alex Cutter, a troubled-but-brilliant alcoholic Vietnam War...