Sunday, February 28, 2010


Manhunter, Michael Mann (1986)
It's been a while - sorry! But maybe I've been waiting all winter for a movie like Manhunter.
(that's a snake-print tie, in case you can't tell)

...not usually a huge Tom Noonan fan (here he plays the insecure serial killer who falls for 20-something Joan Allen - a dead ringer for Kristen Dunst, oddly enough... ) but this shirt was amazing. Almost like a Helmut Lang or Prada print, with pintucks on either side of the hidden front placket.

One of the earlier (if not the earliest) film adaptations of the Hannibal Lecktor series, Manhunter features Brian Cox as a Dr. Lecktor infinitely preferable to Anthony Hopkins. While both actors have a certain reptilian creepy quality, Brian Cox is tougher and more succinct. He's chilling, and lovely to watch, where Hopkins was frankly a bit tawdry.
Here's Cox below. I loved his little grey wool socks, layered over regular socks. Classic Dr. Lecktor.
Also, Lecktor's extraordinarily swish prison

So ok, it's not really a beach movie, aside from a scene or two where the main character is either emotionally blackmailed into leaving his beach house/family or returning to his beach house/family. But Kim Greist, as FBI Profiler William Greist's wife, has the sandy, beachy, look down. Rolled silk shorts, a mop of sandy blond curls, one dangly earring, what I think may be silk cargo harem pants.... The best part is - all her scenes are so brief and bleached out that her ensembles, already great, leave a lot up to the imagination (so the silk harem pants might actually be her husband's long johns... but she wears them like silk harem pants...and wondering makes them even better). Here she is: