One HEAT Minute: Episode #76 - Ian Barr
ONE HEAT MINUTE is the podcast examining Michael Mann's 1995 crime opus HEAT minute by minute. It's the 76th minute (1:15:00-1:16:00) - host Blake Howard joins the sardonic cinephile and serious 'under the radar' writing talent (contributing to SBS Movies, Little White Lies, 4:3 Film, The Film Stage, Cinema Scope Magazine), Mr Ian Barr. Blake and Ian discuss the strange setting that conjures science fiction feelings; seeing Michael Mann in person discussing the eyes of the actors in the film when you watch HEAT on the big screen, and who voted for HEAT in Sight and Sound's "Greatest Films of All Time" poll.
Heat: I love Mann’s films and I’ve seen this one so many times. It seems very classical in the story it tells – the conflict between need for action, responsibility, love, couples. What touches me about Mann’s films is the way he puts these things back into play but in his own language, a language that speaks with the poetry of the modern city, contemporary melancholy. And there’s something really erotic about this film, the interactions between the couples, the arguments, what plays out between the couples, especially between Ashley Judd and Val Kilmer. I find it highly erotic but deeply melancholy, and the way those two things speak to each other is singular in that film.
IAN BARR (GUEST BIO VIA Twitter)
Ian Barr is a Halifax-born, Sydney-based freelance film critic. His writing on film has appeared in print and web publications including The Brag, 4:3, The Age, Movie Mezzanine, SBS Online, The Film Stage, and Cinema Scope. Most recently, he contributed an essay for the booklet of Arrow Academy’s Bluray release of Roger Donaldson’s Smash Palace.
Outlets: SBS Movies, Little White Lies, 4:3 Film, The Film Stage, Cinema Scope Magazine