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…
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…
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…
"Told you I'm never going back."
What do you get when you have Tony Montana, Buffalo Bill, and Bubba (from Forrest Gump) on one team and Travis Bickle, Batman, the Allstate Guy, and Tom Sizemore on the other team?
The greatest fucking shootout in history, that's what.
Heat is a giant character study of two men on opposite sides of the law and, occasionally, a bank heist will be thrown in for good measure too. Pacino is Batman and De Niro is the Joker; you can't have one without the other. Kilmer (playing my favorite character) is thrown in there too and, even if he is a bad guy, it's easy to connect with him…
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…
I saw this many years ago and just remembered it being okay (I was a dumb teenager), but everyone seems to think it's an all-time great or something, so I figured I'd check it out again. And yes, it's quite good, if perhaps a bit overly long and bogged down by subplots involving the personal lives of its characters. Yes, that stuff does emphasize how much these guys' work becomes an obsession to them and how despite their protestations of professionalism, it's starting to grind them down after all these years. And there's the parallels between Deniro and Pacino of course, centered around that scene where they actually come face to face for the first time together on film. Still,…
Anyone who loves a crime movie thats got depth and detail and licked up with mann style watch this movie. The 3 hours running time doesnt feel that long at all.
Pacino and De Niro at their best,Val Kilmer Tom sizemore also excellent.
Sometimes called Michael Mann's Goodfellas, Heat is a movie where the hype lives up. Heat is not only Manns Goodfellas, but also his magnum opus. Remaking his own film, Michael Mann directs Heat with incredibly style but enough where it actually helps this story. This is Manns best directed movie. For their first movie to both star Robert de Niro and Al Pacino, they both deliver explosive performances, both actors are just incredible and the scenes they share together are phenomenal. The supporting cast which also includes Val Kilmer, Jon Voight and Tom Sizemore are great as well, especially Kilmer. The writing by Michael Mann is also terrific which adds so much character to everything. Like every one of his…
Very likely the best thing I've seen so far this year, maybe the best thing I will see all year. It's so beautiful and detail heavy and beautiful and I don't think 3 hours of my life have ever fleeted away so quickly. Heat is perfect.
Very much of everything highly condensed. I see where the computer game GTA got their Inspiration from for missions...
Pacino. De Niro. Mann. The trifecta.
Also, LA at night, Mann knows it.
Yup, still the best.
Jesus Christ, the sound.
We like to talk about how Mann perfectly captures the chaos of a shoot-out, but it's the moments of calm that punctuate that chaos that makes Mann soooo special. The blue steamers that slowly and silently fall following a car crash. A shot up truck slowing down to a crawl before stopping completely. Mann oh Mann.
- 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
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game