Howard On Mann

Howard On Mann

This month, the new era of Hell Is For Hyphenates begins proper! (If you don’t know what this means, you probably missed last month’s show. There’s still time to catch up.)

We’re delighted to be joined this month by guest Blake Howard, who first mentioned his love of Michael Mann to us over two years ago! We made a note of this, and thought this month would be an ideal time to invite Blake onto the show to talk through his love of one of modern cinema’s most divisive auteurs.

And that led us to another idea. From the beginning of the show, whenever we’d described our middle segment to people – the part of the show where we would often deal with topical issues facing cinema – we would always cite “film vs digital” as the sort of thing we’d debate. Only recently did we realise we’d never actually covered that topic, so this felt like the perfect time.

With film preservation in the news lately thanks to quotes from Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino, and with Michael Mann being one of the pioneering figures of digital cinema, we thought this was the time to finally address cinema’s biggest 21st century debate.

But that’s not all! We also look at some key new releases of this month, including Robert Zemeckis’s The Walk, Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth, and Brian Helgeland’s Legend.

So download or stream us from our website, listen in via Stitcher Smart Radio, or subscribe to us via iTunes. No matter how, where or why you consume the show, we hope you enjoy it.

Further reading:

Blake states in this episode that he thinks Stanley Kubrick might have embraced digital technology. He’s not alone: Steven Soderbergh has made a similar claim. And although Blake was talking about digital photography and Soderbergh was talking about digital projection/home cinema, it’s an interesting point to consider.

Outro music: “Force Marker” written by Brian Eno, from Heat (1995)

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