2009: #8 Public Enemies

Directed by: Michael Mann
Written by: Ronan Bennett, Ann Biderman, and Michael Mann
Starring: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Billy Crudup, and Stephen Dorff
Distributer: Universal
Country: USA
Language: English
Rating: R
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Date released: 7/1/2009
Date seen: 7/1/2009
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $214 Million
# of Oscar nominations: 0
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 5 (Shootout, Set-Pieces, Sound Design, Supporting Actress, and Action Film)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 0

[Ed. Note: original piece was lost, what follows was written retroactively in 2011] If nothing else I feel like Public Enemies is among 2009’s most misunderstood films.  Many went into the movie expecting a crime epic along the lines of American Gangster, what they got was something a bit more down to earth.  Michael Mann avoids turning Dilinger into either a marty or a menace, instead making him feel like he’s simply a sort of cowboy with a tommy gun instead of a six shooter and an old fashioned car instead of a trusty steed.  More daring was Mann’s decision to film the movie using ultra-modern digital cameras which depict the film’s period setting in a starkly realistic way which brings the past alive in a way that sepia tones never really did.

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