2017 Movie #73: Heat (1995)

2017 Movie #73: Heat (1995)

The 1990s featured a spate of big films about crime and criminals, many starring some of the greatest actors working in Hollywood. Films like GoodfellasCasinoA Bronx TaleRoninDonnie Brasco, and Cop Land helped to define an era of the genre, and few actors were more important to this era than Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. Michael Mann’s Heat features both of them, at the peak of their abilities, and thanks to Mann’s memorable neo-noir style, Heat manages to be among the standouts of the genre.

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2017 Movie #18: Thief (1981)

2017 Movie #18: Thief (1981)

Michael Mann is, without question, one of the most important directors of the 1980s, both for his work in film, as well as for helping to produce the iconic TV show Miami Vice. In 1981, he made his film debut with Thief, a heist film starring James Caan front and center as the eponymous thief, in a very thrilling neo-noir film that checks all the boxes of Michael Mann’s filmography.

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