All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
A Los Angeles crime saga
Obsessive master thief Neil McCauley leads a top-notch crew on various daring heists throughout Los Angeles while determined detective Vincent Hanna pursues him without rest. Each man recognizes and respects the ability and the dedication of the other even though they are aware their cat-and-mouse game may end in violence.
"Three hours was the wrong running time for this movie," began my negative "review" 18 years ago, just a few months after I launched my site. "It should have run either 90 minutes, or seven hours." That I somehow failed to appreciate the rampant awesomeness on display here boggles the mind; for all his idiocy, though, younger me did have a point, if not yet an available countermodel. Today, Heat looks like a hugely condensed season of first-rate television, with the sprawling narrative and multi-character arcs we now associate with that medium. (See also: Contagion.) Bump it up to 10 or 12 hours on HBO and the material that currently feels thin—Kilmer and Judd's rocky marriage, Portman's depression, Fichtner's…
A guy told me one time, "Don't let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner."
- Neil McCauley
De Niro sticks to the rules, the rules of the game. Both of these men are pedantic - obsessive over their work - so much that their lives are dictated by these self-implemented caveats. Of course they know that their respective lines of business are ones in which you need discipline, it can be the difference between life and death after all. But it's easy to recognise how difficult it is to implement said rules, especially when the time comes; will he hold true…
”What am I doing? I'm talking to an empty telephone…Cause there is a dead man on the other end of this fuckin' line.”
I heard that quote when I watched Cashback the other night. “I love that fookin film! You should see it on my plasma! Boom boom ratta tatta blam blam!” a character exclaimed. And this gave me the craziest idea… I went out and picked up Heat on Blu-Ray today and decided to watch it for the first time since owning a Blu-Ray player. I had previously only seen it on VHS and DVD…
I poured myself a drink, opened up the window to feel the nice spring air, cranked up my tv, and let the sounds of…
Heat opens with De Niro's McCauley descending from above wearing an EMT uniform, one of many costumes/false identities he'll don throughout the course of the movie as he quietly blends in with the masses of baseball and barbecue loving "normals.*" At other times he's framed at high vantage points, hovering over the city and recalling in my mind the famous poster art for Feuillade's FANTOMAS. This is the great American crime movie of my lifetime. The roles of cop and robber are expanded to mythic proportions, the movements are operatic (hovering at times somewhere between soap opera and pulp fiction), the action scenes are grounded and thrilling... I think it's pretty much perfect.
As in classic mythology, when gods clash…
Film #57 of Project 90
”Don't let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner.”
Michael Mann is at his most exciting form here, with Heat he once again tells the story of lonely men who can’t live a regular life, men who are doomed to live a painful life where it is impossible to achieve peace and delight, his heroes aren’t made to enjoy life, they should fight for their salvation till the end and that salvation often costs them dearly. What makes Heat so unique is that here we have two men who are supposed to fight each other and beat…
This remains the quintessential Michael Mann film, an epic summation of his preoccupations and interests. It is a cataclysmic stand-off between worthy adversaries, the driven cop and the master thief, and a riveting portrait of men operating at a rarefied level of proficiency. The unflagging pursuit of career criminal Neil McCauley (Robert DeNiro) and his hard-boiled crew by LAPD detective Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) as they plot to take down one last score provided the basis for the crime saga of the nineties, a super-charged set-up as potent as it was elemental. The relative simplicity of the plot allows Mann to explore the psyche of these men that seem to simultaneously thrive within and stand apart from the maelstrom their…
Oh time is a funny thing. An instant classic when I saw at the cinema a long time ago subsequent rewatches have only confirmed that while still enjoyable this is nowhere as good as people think it is. To it's credit the bank heist sequence is still breathtaking, a fine soundtrack, nicely shot as per usual with Mann and de Niro gives one of his last great performances. The supporting cast do very good work as well (Sizemore, the brilliant Dennis Haysbert does a lot with very little). Oh but the negatives: An ending that doesn't really work and goes on for far too long, Pacino unbalancing the film with possibly his biggest 'ooh aah' performance, the famous scene that despite the fact that it has de Niro and Pacino in it is pretty poor, the screenplay is very flat and cliched, the women characters are one dimensional (and that is generous). A pity. Oh damn you time!
Heat actually inspired me to poetry.
Utterly hatable characters.
Whose stupid decisions serve only the movie's inevitable end,
Which I saw coming from the beginning,
Because this is a trite, rehashed story,
Told a million times,
And at a better pace.
Mann's vision of the world shines through,
Once again, as is his way.
The dullest of male fantasy.
Electronica swelling to an electronic crescendo;
Indicating that an emotional response is required.
Cannot be arsed.
Also, women. Amirite?
You need them, and yet
You cannot be your awesome manly self because of all their whining.
Nice camera work though.
A Masterpiece! Watching this on a pristine blu-ray transfer, makes the Mann's directing and the cinematography come alive even more. He makes L.A. skyline come alive, and every scenic shot whether it be the aforementioned skyline, the train station, the industrial area, the warehouses, the bank, or the city streets, they all look phenomenal. And the sound, once you get to THE SCENE, everything is LOUD but clean, clearly hearing every click and bang, the transfer does this thing where the surrounding effects is a little high and the dialogue is a little low, but outside of that, the movie really comes alive. Every cast member does a fantastic job, DeNiro and Pacino obviously stand out being the two leads,…
Save for some frenetic gunplay and that coffee shop chinwag, this is little more than a bunch of whiney, unlikable characters going through the existensial motions.
I feel like I’m taking crazy pills.
Thought I’d check off some 90s movies off my watch list. Saw this was on there and thought I’d give it a go. I thought this movie was terrible the whole way through, so I assumed I put it on my watch list as a recommendation for a ridiculous movie. Not so. It’s on the Letterboxd Top 250, and my mind is blown.
The script is way dumb, and it doesn’t seem like much more than a man’s proxy fantasy. It flunked the Bechdel test harder than any movie I’ve seen in a long time. And three hours of this stuff!
And the acting? You say amazing, I say yelling. Sure, DeNirro does…
A better modern crime epic there isn't. Almost without fault, the direction, score and performances are up there with career-bests, and the bank robbery shootout is still breathtaking twenty years on. Cinematic brilliance.
There is enough going on and material in 'Heat' to fill up another dozen films just like it. I will admit that the film hasn't held up quite as well for me as I think it has most everyone else, but I'm also probably about due for a re-watch. Pacino and De Niro are both excellent, as is the intelligent script and the direction from Mann. I do think the film runs long, and I do remember some of it feeling a little heavier than probably need be, and also not really liking Val Kilmer's character. Good movie and one I need to sit down with again, but not the best Mann has had to offer.
BLU, loooong time coming.
Always a pleasure to watch this. I'm still surprised how fast this movie flies by.