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Downtown Takedown – Heat’s Bank Robbery Shoot-out

For visceral impact, Heat‘s sustained ten-minute cops and robbers shootout in L.A’s financial district following a bank robbery by Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) and gang is hard to beat. Cop Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) and his own crew have been tipped off anonymously by disgruntled ex-gang member and psychopath Waingro (Kevin Gage) that the score is going down. […]

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Heat Anniversary Screening with Q & A

On Wednesday evening, September 7, director Christopher Nolan hosted a special 4K screening of Michael Mann’s glorious crime drama Heat at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in L.A, followed by a special Q & A fielded by him with Mann himself, Robert De Niro (cool thief Neil McAuley) and Al Pacino (wired cop Vincent Hanna). Other […]

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Scene Is Believing: The Godfather

  Arguably the most pivotal scene of The Godfather is when Michael (Al Pacino) takes the irrevocable step to cast aside his ideals in an attempt to save his family, by gunning down gangster Sollozo (Al Lettieri) and crooked police Captain McCloskey (Sterling Hayden). It is all the more surprising how powerful Pacino’s performance is […]

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Scene Is Believing: Heat

Heat, Michael Mann’s sprawling, glorious epic of obsessive professionalism, ego, single mindedness and doomed relationships on either side of the law, sprang from that most innocuous of accidents: a cop bumping into a suspect and inviting him for a coffee. Mann first had the idea for Heat in the 1970’s when his friend Chuck Adamson, […]

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Dick Tracy: Tunes, Toons and Goons

“Everywhere I look, it’s Tracy, Tracy, Tracy!” So slammed Al Pacino’s gangster Big Boy Caprice in 1990’s Dick Tracy. But why is it not remembered as fondly as its comic book / toontastic predecessors, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Batman? Could it be the age old truism of style over substance? Dick Tracy as a […]

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Hell’s Club – Murder On The Dance Floor

Check out this amazing video by Antonio Maria Da Silva, AKA AMDSFILMS – “Hell’s Club”, a funky nightclub where characters from different films meet to get down, and things can get ugly. Have you ever wanted to see Tom Cruise from Cocktail check himself out as silver fox Vincent from Collateral? Then see Saturday Night Fever’s […]

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