Heat (1995)

Director: Michael Mann
Writer: Michael Mann
Cast: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, Tom Sizemore, Diane Venora, Amy Brenneman, Ashley Judd, Mykelti Williamson, Wes Studi, Ted Levine, Dennis Haysbert, William Fichtner, Natalie Portman, Tom Noonan, Kevin Gage, Hank Azaria, Susan Traylor, Kim Staunton, Danny Trejo, Henry Rollins
Seen on: 2.8.2021

Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) is a professional bank robber and he is very good at running things. But at his latest job, one of his men lost control, turning the job into a bloodbath that puts Lt Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) on the scene. And Vincent is just as good at his job as Neil. When he actually picks up Neil’s trail, Neil has to decide if he can walk away from the heat – or if he needs to take his chances with it.

Heat is the kind of film that regularly shows up on The Best Movies lists, so I decided to give it a try despite the fact I knew that it sounded like a whole lot of “not my cup of tea”. Well, I guess it wasn’t even enough of my tea for me to see why it comes so highly recommended. It just didn’t work for me.

The film poster showing Vincent (Al Pacino), Neil (Robert De Niro) and Chris (Val Kilmer) in black and blue, above an image of a train at night.
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Dreamland (2019) – DNF

Director: Bruce McDonald
Writer: Tony Burgess, Patrick Whistler
Cast: Stephen McHattie, Henry Rollins, Juliette Lewis, Lisa Houle, Tómas Lemarquis
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 26.9.2019

Gang boss Hercules (Henry Rollins) hires hitman Johnny (Stephen McHattie) to bring him the pinky of a trumpet player who is only known as The Maestro (Stephen McHattie). It should be a straight-forward job, but things get more complicated than expected at first – as they usually do.

It took all about 15 minutes until I looked at my watch for the first time, only to despair that only 15 minutes had passed so far. Mercifully, I fell asleep soon after that and escaped the biggest part of the film, which is why I’m counting it as “did not finish”, even if I woke up to see the showdown, which worked as little for me as the first part of the film. What happened that brought me down so much? It definitely had to do with the sound and the exhausting moments. Even if there were a couple of entertaining moments (the robbery of the pawn shop), the pacing was way off. And McHattie’s double role was a problem to. At first I didn’t realize that he was actually supposed to be two different people, and then I thought it was incredibly stilted. Overall, I’d probably have slept better at home, but at least I slept.

The film poster showing Henry Rollins, Stephen McHattie and Juliette Lewis as well as a group of bloodied girls.