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…
”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…
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…
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…
Arguably Michael Mann's best film. An all action crime thriller with some of the best shoot-out's in recent cinema history,this bristles with an edgy script and stylised violence the Michael Mann way.
Robert De Niro is the career criminal and expert professional thief who leads a crack team of bank and armoured car robbers. On his trail is obsessive cop Pacino who appreciates the skill and tenacity of De Niro's crew. A grudging admiration develops as the criminals and the LAPD attempt to outsmart each other as a cat and mouse game of deception develops.
Tom Sizemore, a brilliant Val Kilmer and Danny Trejo round out De Niro's team. From the opening robbery to the almost operatic bank heist this…
After watching Public Enemies earlier, I decided to revisit Michael Mann's filmography. And what better place to start than Heat? As with Public Enemies, I was reminded of just how great it actually is. It's a masterpiece, that doesn't receive enough credit. The whole film just screams quality: from the fantastic performances, to the superb direction and editing, to the outstanding soundtrack and sound design. It's a gripping thrill ride, that carries Mann's signatures, creating a truly great heist film.
Two of the most famous actors of all time, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, give fantastic performances. While they aren't quite Godfather II quality, they're great all around. Val Kilmer also does well in his supporting role. The whole…
Film #41 of The December Challenge 2014...and it was classy, slick, perhaps overly procedural, but still engrossing.
Heat's one of those movies. Like the Usual Suspects, Goodfellas and Se7en that, pre-cinephile, were those big great movies that everyone said to me were the best but I'd never gotten around to, and now, having immersed myself in foreign shenanigans, have almost disappeared from my cinematic eyeline. So when my bud said we should watch Heat, I guess the excitement I had had in the past was replenished.
The reason we ended up watching Heat wasn't exactly noble, though. As my Australian friends, and many overseas may know, there was recently a hostage situation in Sydney, where I live. I'm actually on…
Dont let people tell you otherwise, this film is way too long. The development of characters is appreciated but some scenes could have been cut short.
Pacino and De Niro are phenomenal actors but Pacino really takes the cake in this film. Every scene that he's in, he let's his presence known. There are also a couple of well known actors in smaller roles including the Allstate guy.
The famous scene,you know the one, is an excellent action sequence and I was completely impressed with its use of practical effects.
Overall, good movie, nice theme that isn't too much in your face but the run time really doesn't do this film a favor.
Oh boy... sometimes I really don't know about these 90's movies... But in this case I'm sure! 'Heat' is a gripping neo-noir crime movie / drama. DeNiro and Pacino, which play similar but opposing roles in this movie, do a good job. They both convey authenticity what stresses the atmosphere the movie lives from. The movie itself deals about the duel of these two guys, the classical duel of good and bad and everything in between.
In my opinion this movie has also a great influence of pop-culture, like for example the GTA series. As a huge fan of these games, 'Heat' sometimes reminded me of several gamescenes. Maybe just a coincidence.
One of those films I know I'll watch at least 50 times before I die.
10/10: One the best crime thriller ever, with the best shoot-out scene. The best Michael Mann's film IMO. Just watch this the second time, and it's even better than the first time I watched it years back. Unlike others, one thing I like is that there are detailed character development for each of the protagonists.
Number one In my book. Totally dominated by Pacino and DeNiro.
One of my favorite movies ever, Heat chronicles a group of men in L.A. who take scores, as in they steal big time. Heat has a great cat and mouse scenario with Pacino and De Niro, and some kick ass heist sequences, especially the one that opens the film. It is also shows L.A. in a great, gritty way. Michael Mann knows how to do that correctly. De Niro and Pacino are both great in the film, as well as Val Kilmer and everyone else. This movie is very suspenseful at times, and it keeps you one the edge of your seat until you reach one of my favorite movie endings ever. This movie is a must see, and is definitely one of my all time favorites.
Michael Mann films feel lived in and real. You the the impression that every move behind the camera and in the editing room is meticulously calculated but every moment on screen still feels free flowing and natural. Huge sprawling and dense cities reduced to a wash of flickering lights and cobalt skies. The sense of isolation that comes from living in a densely packed city is employed almost flawlessly. As a young cinephile, the way he crafted action scenes was very intriguing to me. He brought something to the table that various other filmmakers i was a fan of for similar reasons (Bay, Scott) just didn't. They never felt fake or constructed like a Bay shootout would for example. They're…
Recently I read an article that discussed, among other things, the importance of lists in the life of any movie fan. Lists of favorites, of un-favorites (that is, movies that are so terrible we never want to see them again), and, most importantly, the ever-changing, largely unconquerable list of movies we have not yet seen, but want to. Michael Mann's 1995 crime drama starring Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro has been near the top of my "must-see" list for quite a while. Last night, I was lucky enough to catch a screening at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and after a good 12 hours of digesting the experience, I think I'm finally ready to share my thoughts.
The city of…
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Godfather
- Seven Samurai
- The Godfather: Part II
- 12 Angry Men
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