Nov 23, 2020
On the podcast this week, Steven and Sean are crashing into armored cars and knocking off downtown banks in the classic, electric Michael Mann film, Heat.
We’re pretty astounded that this film is now as old as it is (and will only continue to get older because that is indeed, perhaps unsurprisingly, how time works) considering how timeless it is. Sure, there are still pagers shown in this movie and the cops would never be able to make it to the downtown bank that’s being robbed because there’s so much more traffic there now, but it still somehow feels evergreen!
Let’s put that down to the magic of filmmaking.
In a movie that’s nearly three hours long, it’s amazing how engrossing and energetic it still feels. Is it any wonder why when it stars so many phenomenal actors? I mean, you’ve got your De Niros, your Pacinos, your Kilmers and Judds and Brennemans. And then you throw them all on the screen together, sometimes even at the same time? It doesn’t get any better than this movie!
And we haven’t even gotten to the intense action sequences. Seriously, the opening armored car robbery and the bank robbery that happens midway through are still some of the best pieces of action that have ever been put on film. If you can, make sure to watch this one with great speakers.
You’ll feel like you’re living in the movie and also probably upset your neighbors.
The sound design in Heat is on another level. The bank robbery scene is a great example of how the audio in this film elevates every other moment in it. There’s a reason why this film and that particular action scene is still so well-loved. We think it’s due in large part to its realistic sound design. ‘90s era Los Angeles has also never been shot better than it was by Dante Spinotti in this film. There’s a certain glittering realness to how everything looks that just isn’t easy to achieve anymore. We loved every moment of this film.
(Recorded on May 14, 2020)
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Here’s what that ancient technology know as the “pager” looks like for those of you who are somehow still younger than us relatively young folks.