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Triple Bill: Real Human Beings, Or Counterfeit Lives: Thief, To Live And Die In L.A, And Drive

The following three crime dramas share a commonality of purpose and style, in the electro-pop tracked machinations of their flawed players. Three testosterone fuelled templates of urban male machismo – Michael Mann’s Thief (1979), William Friedkin’s To Live And Die In L.A (1985), and Nicolas Winding Refn’s ’80’s tinged love letter to both, Drive (2011). […]

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Celluloid Ran Through It – L.A’s 6th Street Bridge Closes

On January 27, 2016 the 6th Street Bridge in Los Angeles was closed down for upcoming demolition due to safety issues. The landmark, built in 1932 by architect Merrill Butler, is probably as well recognised to film devotees as any of its East Coast New York cousins. To mark the passing of this piece of celluloid […]

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Scene Of The Crime: Drive

Love In An Elevator, Livin’ It Up When I’m Goin’ Down Driver (Ryan Gosling), the stoic, monotone, toothpick chewing doomed hero of Nicolas Winding Refn’s cool, eighties-riffing neo-noir Drive, is an enigma. A blank slate from an unexamined troubled past,  a James Dean / Richard Gere a-like driver for the movies, who seeks to be “a real […]

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Scene Is Believing: Manhunter

  In 1986, Michael Mann’s Manhunter elevated schlock-horror to a thoughtful, stylised, forensically psychological level. Brett Ratner later needlessly remade the source material, Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon, after the success of The Silence Of The Lambs and Hannibal. It seemed an attempt to cement Anthony Hopkins take on Hannibal Lecter as canon, and expunge Brian […]

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