ITT: films heightened exponentially by their soundtrack
Perfectly scripted, perfectly cast, but if the score would have been less bombastic and more in tune with how small and personal the scope of the film actually is, it wouldn't have been the same.
One of the few examples of film being shot to the score that had already been made. One of the advantages dubbing a film or parts of a film afterwards over recording everything on set.
I had this on my backlog for months thinking it was just some pulp shovelfilm.
I honestly preferred it over Silence of the Lambs in no small part because of the music
Mann is amazing, for some reason he has a lot of haters. Even worse sometimes he is grouped together with hacks like w.s. fucking anderson in the "vulgar auteurism" category, but he's 100% legit.
L'Aldilà (The Beyond) by Fabio Frizzi
Caliber 9 by Luis Bacalov
His movies also always feel very earnest. It plays straight. When he uses Audioslave for a romantic scene, he commits. I feel like there are so few directors nowadays who would take that kind of risk.