Manhunter (1986)

I watched this movie last night and quite liked it. It was based on a novel called The Red Dragon (I think) but adapted (written & directed) by Michael Mann, the guy who did Miami Vice, so his style is all over it but the subject matter is a bit darker in that it’s dealing with psycho-killers. This was going on about Hannibal Lektor when Jodie Foster was still in Highschool. But some other dude is the main villain in it, and here’s a picture of him:

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But he’s not a one-dimensional psycho and there’s a moment where it seems like he’s found mercy but his craziness gets in the way. I don’t know why films that have a stylised element like this get shit-canned so often, it’s not as if you ever go see a Hollywood movie for a dose of reality. I love this kind of depiction of the 80s and the soundtrack’s pretty good too.


I watched the first couple of episodes of The X Files the other night. That was 1993. *That was 20 years ago.*

say goodbye

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I’m up to the first ep of season three of miami vice. Apparently by this stage the show had gained much popularity and the folks at Ferrari were bugged that the show was using a fake Daytona.

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In steps this southern cracker with a stinger, and

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Don Johnson’s facial expression says more than words ever could.

Ferrari donated two of their most recent model cars, but they look crappy compared to the black Daytona. In my top five vehicles used in fictions, it ranks right up there alongside the Millennium Falcon.

watching cops shows as a cheap alternative to travelling through time and space

I’m really getting into cop shows. It’s mostly because I like the scenery. It’s like a time machine, visiting a city at a certain time in history. CHiPs is LA in the late 70s. A month or two back in the cultural theory unit when we came up to postmodernism and the reading on how LA is like hyper-real simulacra I put the point to the class that wasn’t it just another city? But I guess I am starting to see how Hollywood may have warped its reality a bit.

The second series is interesting. They lost the old(er) school brass-dominated scoring and have gone for a more 4-on-the-floor disco beat, plus the guitar is more effected. They’re still pushing the boundaries as is evidenced (ep02S02) by this brilliant juxtaposition of images; a tiger, a supermarket–a tiger in a supermarket.

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It was only because of Karl Malden dying the other day that alerted me to ‘The Streets of San Francisco’. I d/loaded the pilot episode and it was pretty ace. 1972. Big cars and everyone had sideburns, which makes me feel at home. It’s pretty easy to see that Police Squad got a few of their ideas from here, and from there, The Naked Gun.

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Lt. Stone & Inspector Keller, working around the clock, eating around the clock

I’m also watching Miami Vice again. 1984. It’s pretty okay. I like how a bit of info on the wikipedia page about it says that in planning the show some exec handed someone a ripped little bit of paper that just said, “MTV cops” — make it happen. The first ep of the series had some things going on about identity and obfuscation. Flava Flav does repeat guest appearances in series 1. Given that P.E. must’ve been going by then I don’t know how he reconciled the whole Rebel without a pause thing with playing a character who’s a snitch for THE MAN.

Update: 10/14/09 I just found out the guy playing Noogie was _not_ Flava Flav. Whoops.