Michael Mann Blogathon- Day 2
By Ratnakar Sadasyula
What happens when big corporations try to cover up their misdeeds, by invoking confidentiality agreements, and try to influence the media? What happens when a man puts his life and career on the line, for the sake of truth? What happens when the media instead of being a watchdog of society, starts to become a pet poodle of the big business interests, forgetting it’s objectives?
by Ratnakar Sadasyula
What do you get when you take two actors, who specialize in scene stealing and scenery chewing, both of them equally volatile, both of them experts at playing emotionally intense characters, and ask them to face off on screen? Think John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg dueling on Wimbledon, Ayrton Senna and Michael Proust burning up the Formula 1 tracks or Mohd Ali vs Joe Frazier in the boxing ring. And then imagine Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in the same frame together. Or much better Travis Bickle taking on Tony “Scarface” Montana. When you have two great talents facing off each other, and a director like Michael Mann( who already had an impressive resume with Last of the Mohicans and Manhunter under his belt), the expectations would be sky high. Could this movie live up to it’s hype.
By Trevor Hogg
With the arrival of the 1990s, Michael Mann experienced a creative renaissance that would place him on the A-List of Hollywood directors. In 1990 he produced the Emmy winning docudrama Drug Wars: The Camarena Story which was inspired by the life of assassinated undercover DEA agent, Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, who exposed a major marijuana operation in Guadalajara, Mexico; his murder sparked an investigation into corruption within the Mexican government. Two years later a less acclaimed sequel Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel was released.