Anyway, they may have been fans, but they sure as hell didn't act like it. Every other scene, they trashed it like they were the robots on Mystery Science Theater. WTF??? Usually came at Pacino's expense with his delivery and certain lines like "Don't waste my MOTHER F***ING time!" (volume goes UP then down) or some of the exchanges he had with his wife, etc.
Pacino's delivery used to always bother me as being unnecessarily over-the-top until I did some digging and found an interview with him that he took that from doing extensive research with L.A. cops. They would often act that way to throw off guys they would question so they wouldn't know what the hell was going on. Also, on one of the extras on the new special edition DVD, Pacino mentions that part of his character's backstory is that he did cocaine which explains soooo much!
I know I've posted this same thing here about 90 times in various threads and forum incarnations, but I absolutely love this movie. Its power and grace almost make me willing to forgive Mann for the horror he put me through with Last of the Mohicans (almost).
Heh. Yeah, Mann should really stick to urban crime films which are definitely his strengths. I too am a HUGE fan of this movie and of Mann's films in general (I've watched The Insider
I actually haven't seen Heat in several years; when I think about it, the first things that comes to mind are the colors. I love the nighttime reds and blues-- everything seems to glow with a weird intelligence (I know that doesn't make sense, it's just how it feels to me).
Agreed. Mann's color palette is fantastic in this movie. Like that scene where De Niro's character come home and there is this blue filter saturating the entire scene. Fantastic. Blue always serves as a calming, positive color in his movies (if you think about it, in Manhunter
, Petersen and his wife make love in their room saturated by blue just before he heads off into danger), red and green symbolize danger and white and gray represent authority and conformity. You really should pick up the new special edition DVD of Heat
. It's fantastic -- a must for any fan of this movie. It is more than worth the cost of double-dipping.
Mann really presents a fascinating portrait of L.A. in Heat
and then goes on to do it again with Collateral
I also think it's fantastic that the studio actually let Mann make a long-ass, slow film and didn't make him cut things out to "punch it up." It's so wonderfully gradual that it's almost impossible to believe that such a film was actually made in Hollywood.
Ironically, you have Last of the Mohicans
to thank for that. The commercial success of that movie gave Mann the additional clout to make Heat
(that, and getting De Niro and Pacino on board I'm sure didn't hurt
Finally, like I always do, I'll ask if anyone knows any women who like this movie. I'm seriously the only one I know.
Heh. Actually, my wife likes it too, although, she finds it a little too long. However, Collateral
is her fave Mann film.