Tuesday, April 23, 2013

It Takes A Thief

Last month on My Pet Blog, I had a movie week in which all my posts featured my favorite films in a particular genre, but I ran out of days before I ran out of genres, so I thought today I might return to that format and share with you my very favorite heist films. I've always wanted to be a master thief, and the reasons that I'm not have everything to do with the fact that this professional is illegal and dangerous, and nothing to do with the fact that I lack all essential skills. Really.

Anyway...

In no particular order...

1. Ocean's Eleven- To be clear, I'm talking about the 2001 film directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt and, like, a million other awesome actors. It tells the story of Danny Ocean and accomplices who aim to rob three Vegas casinos on the same night. It's super slick and very, very funny.



2. Sneakers- Released in 1992, directed by Phil Alden Robinson. Stars Robert Redford, Dan Ackroyd, Sydney Poitier, David Staratharin, and River Phoenix and more! This is the story a group of people whose job it is to break into places to test companies' security systems. But the past comes back to haunt the leader of the group and the gang must work together to pull off their biggest job yet.



3. Heat- Damn, this is an awesome movie. Released in 1995, written and directed by Michael Mann, and stars Al Pacino (cop) and Robert DeNiro (robber) in a very intense game of cat and mouse. And when I say 'intense', I really mean it.



4. The Italian Job- Again, I'm talking about the newer one. The one released in 2003 that stars Marky Mark. Sorry, Mark Walhberg. I know you're a legit actor now and all. This movie's about a crew that, after being betrayed and left for dead by one of their own, plans an elaborate gold heist. Every time I see this movie, I want to drive a mini cooper. And learn how to crack safes. Alas, I never done either.



5. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid- This 1969 film was written by Princess Bride author William Goldman and directed by George Roy Hill. It stars Paul Newman (Butch) and Robert Redford (Sundance) as a pair of bank/train robbers who are forced to leave the country when the law gets too close for comfort. I adore this screenplay.



25 comments:

  1. I love Ocean's Eleven and Heat. I haven't seen the others but I think I should.

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    1. I think so, too. Of course, I am biased because these are some of my favorite films.

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  2. HA! I like thief shows--I particularly like the twist when you can sympathize with the thief. Speaking of, do you follow Becoming Layla? Helena Soister took it on herself to become adept at all the skills her heroine would need as an ancient documents hunter (including sometimes, stealing--usually from the people who'd stolen them in the first place)--The book, Compass Master, is fabulous, but her blog of learning this skills has been great, too.

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    1. I don't follow it, but it sounds like I should.

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  3. Wow, all awesome movies! Heat was a classic Michael Mann film. Been a while since I saw Sneakers, but that one was great as well.

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  4. I've seen them all and completely concur; they were all wicked good :)

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  5. I've only seen two of them (sneakers and sundance kid) but I loved both of those.

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  6. Wow. A movie list in which I've actually seen all the movies and enjoyed all of them. I'd also add Hitchcock's To Catch A Thief. Cary Grant and Grace Kelly? Heck yeah!

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  7. Nice list! I also love Leverage (a tv show, not a movie, but it still counts).

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    1. I used to love Leverage. I'm sad that it won't be on anymore.

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  8. I love Heist films too! It's fun to cheer for the "bad guy" sometimes. My kids loved Tower Heist.

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  9. Excellent film choices. I'm happy to see Sneakers in here. My husband has made me watch it so many times!

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  10. Sneakers is one of those films that will suck me in if I happen to catch it on TV, and it won't let me go until the end. (There are a few that I will not turn on because I know I'll be in them until the end.)

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  11. I've seen none of those :S I can never really get into heist movies for some reason (not enough wizards or dragons, I reckon)

    Jamie @ Mithril Wisdom

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  12. This is the part where I admit that I haven't seen any of those! What is wrong with me?!?!?

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  13. OK, now I don't feel so bad admitting I've only seen one! But I'm very intrigued that you think you have the skills required to be a good thief...

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    1. I don't think I have the necessary skills. I just like to imagine that I do...

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  14. I remember one reason "Heat" was big 'cause it was the first time DeNiro and Pacino had shared screen time together. Or maybe it was just Val Kilmer looking hot. :-)

    Gotta love "Sundance," and I just saw the original "Italian Job" again. The new one's better, but one can't deny Michael Caine or the getaway at the end.

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  15. Hmmm. There seems to be a plethora of good looking leading men in these films.
    Interesting.

    :)

    Heather

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    1. That could also be the reason why I want to be a master thief...

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  16. Sneakers is one of my all time favorites!! (And I love all the others too!)

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    1. I love that so many people love Sneakers. That movie deserves it!!

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  17. Not that I don't like the rest of them (except The Italian Job, which I've seen but don't at all remember), but I love Sneakers.
    It might be the Winnebago that seals it.
    Oh, actually, I don't remember being too taken by Heat, either.

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  18. Every time Oceans Eleven is on I'm sucked into watching it. There is just something about it that draws me in.

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  19. I LOVE every single one of these movies so, so much.

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