Dog Day Afternoon

A man robs a bank to pay for his lover’s operation; it turns into a hostage situation and a media circus.

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You’re not supposed to identify with a bank robber. Even if he’s a struggling, doing-it-for-the-right-reasons, incompetent, piece of shit nice guy. He’s robbing a bank. He’s got hostages. But Lumet and screenwriter Frank Pierson need to create empathy for their lead, and they need to swim against the current that is heist movie tropes. In the ridiculous, moving, and wildly entertaining¬†Dog Day Afternoon, they do just that. Continue reading “Dog Day Afternoon”

Heat

A group of professional bank robbers start to feel the heat from police when they unknowingly leave a clue at their latest heist.

As the opening credits reel off a million now household names, I’m wondering how the hell there could be so many parts in this movie. And by the end, I was left wondering just what Hank Azaria and Natalie Portman’s characters brought to the table (nothing against their performances) beyond piling an extra half hour into an already long and unfocused film. Continue reading “Heat”