All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. 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…
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…
”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…
"Xander Berkeley. Bud Cort. Heat." - promotional materials for Heat, 1995.
This is Mann's Sergio Leone epic, archetypal Cops, Robbers, and Killers all duking it out with each other and laying waste to their loved ones in the harsh LA desert. This was always my favorite Mann movie, but after working through half a dozen of his movies over the last month and change I felt my enthusiasm for watching it going down, as the movie in my memory seemed like a polar opposite to the pared down diamond bullets of Miami Vice or Manhunter. But actually, the expanded running time, multiple plot threads and dozens of characters is a perfect fit for Mann's style, and he gets the chance to pack in more humor and grace notes than he would ever have before or since.
Al Pacino: Cinema's most compelling walker. Robert De Niro: Cinema's most compelling orderer of coffee.
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…
muh bank muh out
Film # 23 of the "Scavenger Hunt # 8" Challenge
Task # 10: A film about organized crime
“Heat” is directed by Michael Mann and stars Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. The film has a good mix of action, crime, tension, romance and drama.
The title “Heat” refers to the heat you feel when the cops are just around the corner. Neil McCauley’s (Robert De Niro) life motto is that you should live a life that you can leave behind in 30 seconds. The heat comes from Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino), a detective who spends his days tracking down thugs.
When you see a professional at work in a movie, you easily sympathize that character. Even if…
I showed the first two and a half hours of this to my brother, and he complained it was "too long" and walked out, and somehow, I feel like everything wrong with the movies the aughts raised us on is distilled in this incident.
This film plays less like a game of cat and mouse and more like a game of chess, and I think that's why it works as well as it does. Some subplots could have been expanded on, sure, but with a runtime of nearly three hours and some of the greatest heist movie setpieces ever put on film, the ride from beginning to end is as cerebral as it is exciting
Even though De Niro is technically the villain, it's hard not to root for him throughout the film. Truly the mark of a stellar performance. Not to undermine Pacino's role, however, as his was just as impressive.
There's a good film somewhere in here to be sure.
Unfortunately it's buried in a good 30-45 minutes of boring flat, boring characters and pointless subplots that go nowhere.
It's sad considering that there's actually a lot of good stuff going on here. The story is very intriguing and Mann is able to sustain a good bit of tension and suspense for the first two thirds. The game of cat and mouse was well constructed and compelling.
Pacino is quite good and I actually cared about his character.
And there are some truly great action/heist scenes. The shootout at the bank and in the streets is quite impressive
And with all of that should have been a really solid crime…
Heat is a masterful cops and robbers tale that shows both sides of the law in exquisite detail. Strong performances by Pacino and DeNiro (the scene of them sitting across the table from each other is possibly 5 of the most memorable minutes in film history). Excellent cinematography and perhaps the best gunfight (if not, one of the most intense) since Hard Boiled. More than worth the 3 or so hours.
Michael Mann's opus, and an archetype for the modern crime thriller, "Heat" uses an atypically long runtime to its advantage giving the audience an abundance of entertainment to digest, whether it be the smart dialogue and battle of wits between two of the greatest actors of all time, or the carefully plotted inclusion of some of the most breathtaking sequences of gunfire ever put on film. This movie has it all, and then some.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…