The Insider, directed by Michael Mann, is superb

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in Blog


I just watched The Insider for the first time. It’s The story of 60 Minutes’ failure to run a story about a whistle-blower from a Tobacco company because they were afraid of potential litigation.

Classic motivated characters all driven to do their thing and coming to conflict, with a larger message about what is right and wrong. Loved it. Gripping. Maybe more so because I remember the time period and the incident.

Here’s a follow-up article I also enjoyed from more recently about how Mike Wallace hated it.

Turns out I’m on a Michael Mann kick. He also directed The Last of the Mohicans, which I saw for the first time this week. Most impressed with the adherence to “natural” lighting and extreme light and dark. Less attracted to the overwrought love story.

The Last of the Mohicans is another movie I related to personally, though this time because of its setting in Upstate NY’s Albany, my old stomping-ground, though they had to actually shoot it in North Carolina.