Over the weekend, I engaged in the classic Halloween tradition of re-watching Michael Mann’s Heat on DVD. We all did. It’s a pretty good movie! It’s a little long. Like, at one point near the end, right before Robert DeNiro is going to try and pull his getaway (SPOILER ALERT: Robert DeNiro tries to pull a getaway) they show him pull into the service alley behind a hotel, make a three point turn, and then park. But, like, with lots of edits so that you see the car go down the alley, you see the driver’s point of view as he makes a three point turn, you see the car park. It’s a lot of time spent on this whole parking situation when we’ve already been watching the movie for two and a half hours. Just little things like that. There’s also a scene where Al Pacino is riding around in a helicopter and then he calls someone on his Walkie Talkie and asks them to meet him at a heliport with a car but so it’s like well then what was the point of him being in the helicopter? Don’t get me wrong, helicopters = megaCOOL. But, so, ANYWAY, it’s a pretty good movie, like I said, and a little long, like I said, but overall thumbs up, Michael Mann. Let me be the first person in 16 years to tell you that you did a good job making this movie. Of course, one of the big draws about Heat at the time that it came out besides it being a big budget heist movie was that it was the first time that Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino had acted together. They were both in the Godfather, but they didn’t have any scenes together. In Heat, they had a cup of coffee at a diner! And became friends who wanted to murder each other! It was the moment everything changed. After that people would talk about a pre-Heat and a post-Heat world. (Later, Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro would go on to star together in Righteous Kill, which has amazed critics by remaining the #1 movie in America for 143 straight weeks!) I was thinking about this “cinematic event” while I was watching Heat this weekend, though, and trying to figure out who would be OUR generation’s cast of Heat, just an unparalleled collection of talent powerhouses who have never been in a movie together before and whose appearance in a movie together would send SHOCKWAVES through known world. It’s tough!
First, you have to figure out who are the big actors these days. Besides Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino. They are disqualified from this game. Who do we got? Here is a preliminary list:
Obviously, there are famous women actors, too, but we will save them for the Bridesmaids remake or whatever. Heat is about DUDES, OK? No offense, but can’t we men have something for once, ladies, without you always trying to take it away from us with all your nagging?! Men don’t have anything. It’s ridiculous how much you nag. That’s why you’re single. OK, so, those are the main ones, right? I mean, there’s a couple Philip Seymour Hoffmans and Jack Gyllendahl’s lying around, but I don’t think they’re big enough. It’s a small pool, really. I think your best bet is going to be a Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise vehicle. (Although making a big deal about Will Smith and Leonardo DiCaprio FINALLY appearing together on the big screen would be HILARIOUS.) Oof, I already hate this movie that I just made up so much! What would it even be? Like, a government spy dressed in a skinny, shiny suit with an open-collared shirt sent back in time to confront a Roman warrior about his sports management company’s release of biotoxins into the atmosphere? (You could kind of argue that OUR generation’s Heat was OUR generation’s Ocean’s 11, but that would defeat the whole purpose, so why would you even do that and also R.I.P. Bernie Mac. Too soon. How could you?) Oh, also, instead of Henry Rollins, OUR generation’s Heat would have Tyler the Creator.
What is it? Did I figure it out? Can you figure it out? You figure it out.