The Directors: Michael Mann

Mann’s signature is gritty “street” films. His realism through grainy to high definition picture is monumental. He’s a unique auteur; he shows little homage to other filmmakers. He stands alone in the films that he directs, and the TV Shows he created. His usage of violence rivals that of Scorsese’s. Michael Mann is simply the best. I fall in love with his films over and over again each time I see them.

1. “The Insider” – 1999

2. “Manhunter” – 1986

3. “Thief” – 1983

4. “The Last of the Mohicans” – 1992

5. “Heat” – 1995

6. “The Keep” – 1983

7. “Ali” – 2001

8. “Collateral” – 2004

9. “Public Enemies” – 2009

10. “Miami Vice” – 2006

Author: Frank Mengarelli

Everybody relax, Frank's here. After going to film school at Columbia College Chicago, Frank decided to underachieve with his vast knowledge of film into a career in civil service. Frank had a brief stint as a film blogger, and then he met the heterosexual love of his life, Nick Clement. The two instantly bonded over their love from everything to Terence Malick to THE EXPENDABLES films. Some of Frank's favorite filmmakers are Terence Malick, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Sylvester Stallone, Oliver Stone and Spike Lee. Some of his favorite films are THE TREE OF LIFE, STAR WARS (all of them), BAD LIEUTENANT, THE THING and ALL THAT JAZZ. Frank spends his free time with his dog Roger, collecting any Star Wars collectible he can find and trying to finish his pretentious, first person narrative novel(la), LARGE MEN IN SMALL CARS..

4 thoughts on “The Directors: Michael Mann”

  1. I would put “Collateral” much higher on my list, probably at #2 or 3. I thought “The Last of the Mohicans” was terribly mediocre. It’s probably my least favorite film of his, although I haven’t seen “Miami Vice” yet.

  2. The Last of the Mohicans is actually my favorite Mann movie. Collateral would be my #2 🙂 For some reason, I haven’t seen The Insider yet even though I heard great things about it.

  3. Kevin, The Last of the Mohicans is far from mediocre. Frank, The Last of the Mohicans is not better than Heat. You’re both wrong.

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