Archive for the 'Movies' Category

“An Inconvenient Truth”

16 March 2006

This new documentary about Al Gore’s campaign to reverse global warming looks terrific.

An Inconvenient Truth


Heist Pictures: From my lips to the Guardian’s ear.

26 February 2006

What was I just saying about heist pictures? This morning I find this tidbit on the Guardian Unlimited blog:

Everyone loves a good heist

[…] There has always been an ambivalent attitude towards particularly daring robberies, whether carried out by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid or our own Great Train Robbers, or created on film in Oceans Eleven. While people hate muggers who pull knives on their victims and thieves who break into the homes of the elderly, carrying out a spectacular multi-million pound robbery will win the grudging admiration of the nation. The muscle or menace involved in pulling off the job will be cheerfully overlooked.

Why is this?

However hard banks and businesses try to persuade us that such robberies are not victimless crimes, there is a feeling that if the money is taken from the big boys – banks, security companies, Mayfair jewellers – then no one has been too badly damaged by it. […]

Well said. In talking about the forthcoming “Inside Man,” Spike Lee stressed that it was a thinking person’s thriller, with no shooting. However, the trailer makes it look far more menacing than “Oceans Eleven” or “The Great Train Robbery.”

Heist Pictures: Inside Man.

24 February 2006

Folks, I need some help. Prompted by the imminent arrival of the Spike Lee / Denzel Washington / Clive Owen / Jodie Foster project “Inside Man,” I’m working on an essay about heist pictures generally.

How you can help? Please answer these questions for me:
–Just because I use the term doesn’t mean it’s ubiquitous, so . . . When I say “heist picture,” do you know what I mean right away, or do you need some definition?
–What’s your favorite heist picture? Why?
–Why do you like heist pictures? Or, if you don’t, why not?

As for “Inside Man”: I saw the trailer when I went to see Jackson’s “King Kong.” It caught my attention instantly with the closeup headshot of Owen talking. It looks well-plotted and tense. It debuts in the middle of March.

The official “Inside Man” site, with links to the trailer and to podcasts from Spike Lee.
“Inside Man” IMDB entry.

Thank you for your help.