Great Heists

The Hot Rock • Member Bonus

February 28, 2021

How well does this heist comedy work, particularly as we go through all four heists? Does Robert Redford work well in an ensemble cast? Why did this Peter Yates film fail at the box office? Tune in to this week’s member bonus episode to get answers to these questions and more!

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Locked Down • Film Board Member Bonus

January 19, 2021

Is ‘Locked Down’ the COVID heist comedy we need right now? And is it even a heist comedy? Or more of a relationship dramedy? The Film Board convenes to break it apart to see if the whole worked as well as the sum of its parts. Tune in!

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Heat — Guest Jayson Crothers

September 13, 2016

This month in the Speakeasy, cinematographer Jayson Crothers (The Ghost and The Whale, Chicago Fire) joins us to talk about one of his favorite films, Michael Mann’s epic 1995 crime drama, Heat.

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Now You See Me 2

June 14, 2016

The Film Board Gathers! This month, The Four Horsemen return to continue the magical crusade to right societal wrongs through misdirection and sleight of hand with Jon M. Chu’s Now You See Me 2.

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The Silent Partner — Craig Anderson

April 19, 2016

The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is an ongoing series of ours in which we invite an industry guest to join us and bring along one of their favorite movies to talk about. In this month’s episode, actor, comedian and director Craig Anderson joins us to talk about one of his favorites, Daryl Duke’s Canadian bank heist thriller from 1978, “The Silent Partner.”

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The Killing

July 5, 2013

Stanley Kubrick’s 3rd film, “The Killing,” was a box office bomb due to a poor release plan from United Artists and virtually no marketing. Luckily, the film was critically praised and has grown in stature since its release in 1956. It’s a film noir about a race track heist gone wrong with the fantastic Sterling Hayden leading the charge, and the last film in our Heist series. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we finish this series with Kubrick’s early classic.

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Inside Man

June 29, 2013

Give his largest budget and a script that’s more of a genre film than anything else Lee’s done before, he managed to create a wild heist film with a great twist ending.

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The Town

June 21, 2013

Ben Affleck made a smart move when he decided to start directing films. He had made some bad career moves as an actor and was fizzling out. With his 2007 directorial debut “Gone Baby Gone,” he proved he had chops — and that they weren’t in acting. He’s a great director. With “The Town,” his 2010 heist film, he again shows he knows how to write and direct a great film, and can still act as long as he’s in the right material. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we continue our Heist Series with Affleck’s great bank robber film.

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The Bank Job

June 15, 2013

There’s something interesting about heist films because, generally, you’re rooting for criminals to pull off a heist and criminals usually aren’t who you’d expect to be your protagonist. But watching Roger Donaldson’s 2008 heist film The Bank Job, based on the real Baker Street Robbery in London 1971, you can’t help but root for Terry Leather and his imperfect gang as they not only rob the bank and pull off one of the biggest scores in London’s history, but actually get away with it too. Maybe that’s because the people after them are all much worse, and maybe that’s because you can’t help but side with Terry played wonderfully by Jason Statham. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we start our Heist series with this great movie.

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Now You See Me

June 3, 2013

It’s a Very Special Episode for this month’s Film Board gathering. Today on the show, Steve Sarmento and Chadd Stoops join Andy Nelson and Pete Wright to take on the great Next Reel Crossover with *Now You See Me* — a magical heist film of skeptic proportions.

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