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...
Shoot to Kill (1988)

Shoot to Kill (1988)

Look. I never said this was a perfectly fair-and-balanced series of reviews. I have a super soft spot for this film. It is a perfect action drama of its time, and holds up well today. Think Lethal Weapon, but less self-aware and more knitty-gritty. Sidney Poitier...
Blue Steel (1989)

Blue Steel (1989)

Most male critics of cinema will never fully understand that for women, stalking is a very real issue. Every woman has found herself the recipient of unwanted, aggressive male attention. And far too many have experienced attentions that escalate to psychological and...