First saw this as part of the SXSW jury early last year, where we gave it the documentary award. (It was called AN ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM back then.) This is a tough, tough watch — given the subject matter — but dear god is it beautiful.
Umpteenth viewing. One of the greatest films ever. Decided to give the director's cut another go after multiple recent re-viewings of the theatrical cut, as well as all of Mann's other films, while writing my profile of him for Vulture.
Here's the thing: While the theatrical cut might be "canonical," I really really love the director's cut as well. Yes, losing the cold open in the club is wrong, but other than that, there's a lot of stuff here that…
Have seen this film way too many times than I care to admit at this point. Love it, love it, love it, flaws and all.
It's not exactly a review, but you can find a longish essay I wrote about it here: