On Michael Mann and His New Movie

“Public Enemies” is a long movie.  And what makes it seem even longer is the fact that we all know how it’s going to end.  And no matter how cool Johnny Depp is, at a certain point one wonders whether all this is just much ado about nothing.  (Blonde woman seated in the row just ahead of self was on the edge of her seat the whole time, hand pressed to her cheek.  Clearly, there are many Johnny Depp fans who will not share self’s opinion!)

Spoiler Alert!

Self was saddest when Stephen Dorff (Hey, Stephen, where you been hidin’ lately?  You ought to appear in more movies!  Seeing as you still got your looks!) got knocked off.

Marion Cotillard is great.  Johnny Depp is as expected.  Christian Bale is intense and angry as expected.  Final scene outside movie theatre has shades of Brian de Palma’s Eliot Ness movie, “The Untouchables.” Self liked that John Dillinger liked watching movies, as it reminded her that Dear Departed Dad loved movies, a love which he passed on to self.

Let’s see, what else?  The white-haired detective at the end is pretty good, though self doesn’t know his name.

Channing Tatum was in it for all of two minutes.  With his hair dyed a coppery gold and wearing an atrocious blue suit, he was almost unrecognizable.  Why bother putting Channing Tatum in a role where he doesn’t have to do anything (except run around in an orchard)?  What a waste of eye candy!

There were a few other actors self recognized, in itsy-bitsy roles:  Emilie de Ravin (“Lost” and “Brick”), Giovanni Ribisi (“Saving Private Ryan”) and Leelee Sobieski, who is gorgeous but who self hasn’t seen in a movie in years and years, and who has almost no lines to utter.  There was also the guy who plays Faramir in “Lord of the Rings.” (Apologies, dear blog reader, this is about the second or third time that self has seen him in a movie since “Lord of the Rings,” but his name never registers)

Self supposes everyone did it just for a chance to work with Johnny Depp and Michael Mann.

OK, after a certain point, self got bored.  She yawned; her eyelids fluttered (but didn’t actually close, as happened during “Up” —  points in Michael Mann’s favor)  It felt like she was being hit on the head repeatedly:  “Isn’t John Dillinger cool?  Isn’t Johnny Depp playing John Dillinger cool?”  Yeah, yeah, self gets it!  She gets it!  She hated that the music always started up with the rhapsodic elements, just when John was in mortal danger!  Michael Mann’s best movie is still (at least in self’s humble opinion), “Last of the Mohicans”, with Daniel Day-Lewis and Madeleine Stowe.  Now, that was a story that deserved the epic Michael Mann treatment.  The “Miami Vice” movie wasn’t bad, either —  it, too, was epic, but in a campy, “gran boffo” sort of way.

And, having said all that, self just wants dear blog readers to know that hubby and son liked the movie enough to give it “three out of four stars.”

Let’s see, self’s favorite movies (so far) this year are:

  • “Land of the Lost”
  • “Moon”
  • “Star Trek”

The Redwood City 71st Annual Fourth of July Parade was excellent.  Leland Stanford, Jr. Marching Band kicked off the proceedings.  They stopped almost directly in front of where hubby and self were standing and played a song  —   out-of-tune as usual; perhaps that is part of their charm.  Miss California (not the one of the gay marriage quote, but a brunette) was on a float!  Hubby was so excited he barely had time to snap a few pictures.  And it was great fun to see some men in kilts playing the Scottish bagpipes, and another group in pioneer garb who called themselves the “Sons of Union Descendants of the Civil War.”  There was also a group that played the Jackson Five song, “ABC.”  And that was the one and only reference to Michael Jackson during the entire parade.

Afterwards, hubby and self settled in at City Pub for Cajun Fried Calamari, crab cakes and beers, and guess who should show up but the Notre Dame de Namur University librarian, Ruth, and her boyfriend.  Ruth is extremely sweet.  It’s not her fault that, a couple of months ago, the library tried to charge self nearly $200 for a book that self had actually returned.

Self is now cooling her heels at home.  Son took off on a bike ride.  Hubby is watching wrestling.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

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