|| Miami Vice
Other Movies Seen By This Director (5)
- Public Enemies
|01.30.10||Netflix|| Huh, I don't know if it was the "director's cut" material (I can't remember what's different about it other than the beginning but there seems to be more with Foxx) or if it's just my second viewing but the film seemed less frantic and a bit more sprawling and cohesive. I remember feeling a bit lost in the plot and torn between what was going on with it and what Gong Li was trying to enunciate the first time I saw this but it came together a lot more for me this time around. I still think that Crocket and Tubbs' dialogue is too much Jaime Foxx and Colin Farrell trying to out-cool one another but I guess that's what Miami Vice is supposed to be. Other than that, something made me like this more...|
I still miss some color-correction on the beautiful exterior day shots although the clouds and night photography are superb in a digital way (i guess the days of Thief/Heat/Insider visual polish are long gone. Perhaps Bad Boys 3 will give me my next fix). I mostly rented this for the commentary (which I still haven't listened to) but was happily surprised to be as into the film as I was. yay me.
|07.28.06||Cinemark Pflugerville|| Hmm... well ok. I like it. There's a lot more to like than there is to dislike. I really love all the night photography... I think Mann is one of the few who can really make DV look good on its own terms, but I have to say that I really missed the vivid lushness of film during the day stuff. I almost hate to say this, but Michael Bay's Bad Boys photography made Miami look better than it does here... during the day. I could've really used some slick bright glassy ocean speedboat shots to mirror the grainy neon nighttime but... oh well. Also, a few story things... they are kind of irksome but really just minor nitpicks. As I think back to a lot of Mann's films I really only find a couple without too many flaws, and I definitely liked this more than Ali or Mohicans... so I shouldn't make like I'm complaining too much. it was good... maybe I was just expecting a bit too much. Mann's love scenes are so weird...|