Michael Mann's first criminal masterpiece, Thief (1981)
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Michael Mann's first criminal masterpiece, Thief (1981)

I think its fair to say that Michael Mann is known for a certain type of film. Stylish peeks into the criminal underbelly, focusing on hard, tough men who are sometimes impeded by their own psychological complexities. He makes thrillers which, when they are at their best, are more interested in the characters of the protagonists than they are the central story. He has, in fact, been accused of telling the same story over and over again with different characters.

Spike Lee's Chi-Raq: Sex Vs Guns
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Spike Lee's Chi-Raq: Sex Vs Guns

Back in the early 90s I saw a film which had a profound affect on me – Spike Lee's masterpiece Do The Right Thing. On the surface, the issues in the film were very remote to me, the only people of colour I remember seeing growing up were Indian or Pakistani, however, the raw power of that film broke through my cultural naivety and spoke to me directly. The reason for this wasn't because of my life experience but because of the sheer majesty of the direction.

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