|The Pocket Essentials Michael Mann
Written by Mark Steensland
Trafalgar Square Publishing
|I really got a kick out of this tiny little book
that chronicles Michael Manns career. I leaned a lot about Mann I didnt know
before. I liked the format Mark Steensland chose to use, breaking down each films
credits, describing the story of each movie, the research Michael Mann did and the
Mark Steensland has obviously done his homework as he takes you back to the beginning of Michael Manns career and then covers every film hes made since. I also enjoyed his ranking of every film and why he placed it where he did on the Michael Mann Rank List.
It was great hearing about how Manns first film TV movie JERICHO MILE came about. I remember how much I loved that film when I saw it on TV as a teenager. Steenslands keen analysis of THE KEEP has made me want to see the film again (I saw it in the theaters when it first came out) and I agree that THE INSIDER is Michael Manns best film. Steensland really gets into the details of THE INSIDER and how years of hard detailed work Mann put into that film paid off.
HEAT of course is another masterpiece and you would be wise to read Steenslands break down of what makes HEAT work. I didnt realize it was Manns second attempt at telling the story because he had made a TV movie called LA TAKEDOWN that was based on the same story.
I also didnt realize that Michael Mann didnt create MIAMI VICE. He served as the shows executive producer and brought his sense of style to the show.
I think the small size of the book is really neat because it allows you to carry to book virtually anywhere and doesnt take up a lot of space to store it.