Warning – this commentary does contain some inappropriate language. The film itself also is an R Rated film in many countries.
After a mysterious three months MMM completes the Vanity Projects with Trev’s cobalt gem – Michael Mann’s Heat.
Since 1995, Trev has seen this azure masterpiece an obscene number of times and even wanted to call one of his children Waingro.
This makes him the perfect guide to the 160+ minute journey through the underworld of LA as two cinematic heavyweights try to act each other off the strontium tinted screen.
Join Trev and the MMM team as they wax rhapsodic about how Mann avoids the usual cop film cliches, assembles a stellar cast and discharges weapons in the steets with gay abandon. The MMM team wrestles with conundra such as: why is Amy Brenneman talking in that accent? how great is the diner scene really? when did Trejo (Machete) go traitor and of course the old stand-by the homo-erotic subtext ( oh-er) .Trev also tells you about the original TV-version LA Takedown and how much made its way into the film version.
The upshot was Geoff, Tony, Gecko and David all agreed with Trev that it was a bloody good film. See if you agree.
MMM takes you under the thermocline for Hunt For Red October – Geoff’s project de jour.
By 1990 Tom Clancy novels were selling by the truckload and millions of fans awaited each one.
Geoff was not one of those people…but he became one after this film. Since MMM began the card playing one has pestered us to tackle this primal entry in the techno-thriller subgenre ( also called the Sean Connery submarine one) Join us as Geoff finally gets his wish.
We reveal who was meant to play Ramius , why the cast kept getting seasick on dry land and David and Geoff get into it over the best way to knock on a submarine. If you like your films full of translation conventions, multicoloured subs, future Presidents and lots of beets, this is the commentary for you. MMM presents Hunt For Red October – join us someplace deep!
Someplace deep! (P.S. Contains gratuitous Nanny, Next Gen and Moriarty cameos)
And be back next time for the next (and last!) Vanity Project… what will it be?
It was night and we were wearing sunglasses. Truth is, as a cult website it would be remiss of MMM to ignore one of the most mainstream cult hits of all time: car chases, pile ups, Minnie the Moocher and cameos galore all backed up by Chicago locations in AD 1980 (i.e. after Daley).
MMM changes tack and turns up the volume as we go back to the days when John Belushi and John Landis ruled the cinema and where Carrie Fisher was that chick from Star Wars. Learn about the third Blues Brother, the invisible band member and how they did that mall scene. And if you think you spotted Steven Spielberg at the the finale, hang on for one more guest appearance over the closing credits.
MMM takes a ride in the Bluesmobile 25th anniversary version And remember, we’ve like BOTH kinds of music… And be back next time for the next Vanity Project… what will it be?
MMM grows up and branches out into the much sizzled Vanity Projects. Each month one of the team brings you a pearl from their past, a favourite film from their trove. Tony starts the eyes rolling with the original Planet of the Apes.
As a life long fan of simian sci-fi Tony is in a unique position to comment not only on this film but the entire Ape phenomena that preceded the Star Wars craze of the 70s. With a little help from the rest of the team , Tony takes you through the transition from Pierre Boulle’s French monkey novel to the silver screen. Find out how the oringial concept was altered, especially when Twlight Zone creator Rod Serling became involved, see why Fox thought no one would go to see it, and who were original choices to play the Apes? See how the turbulent events of the late 60s made it into the film and what different endings were tossed around before the one we have damned us all to hell. Plus of course the usual MMM blather about Heston’s loin cloth and possible roles for Stan Lee. Join Tony and the rest for MMM’s visit to a madhouse (a madhouse!).
And be back next time for the next Vanity Project… what will it be?