Brendan’s review published on Letterboxd:
Every viewing I plunge deeper into the zen-pulp blues.
I showed it to a group who never saw it tonight. HEAT is vast sprawl-grid of a movie, so full of moods & textures, visual poetry and prose, that so much of your first viewing is spent navigating Mann's epic mosaic instead of completely experiencing it. so I am *blessed* my friends thought it was great.
New observation: In HEAT, Mann uses the iconic face to face of McCauley and Hanna as adrenaline to supercharge the heist and shootout almost immediately after.
In THE DARK KNIGHT, Nolan borrows the strategy. The interrogation scene between The Joker and Batman is the dramatic (and plot) fuse for Batman's rush to save Rachel.