A couple of weeks ago I wrote a little post about Movies That Nobody Seems To Like But You, and it was an awful lot of fun for you (over 100 comments) and me -- so today I thought we could flip it around because I happen to know for a fact that there are movies that everyone seems to love but you ... because for me, that movie is Heat.
Released in 1995, Michael Mann's crime drama was an unofficial remake of his made-for-TV film, L.A. Takedown, and is still considered one of the greatest crime films of all time. The story centered on an LAPD homicide detective and a career criminal (played by 'Method heavies' Al Pacino and Robert De Niro) in a battle of wits with Mann's trademark themes of masculine identity and how our work can define us as people. But, no matter how many times I have tried to give this movie just one more chance, I still walk away wondering what I'm missing. In fact, it's a great example of how it doesn't matter how good a movie may be, it will always come down to your personal tastes.
After the jump: it's not a 'guy thing' and what's the big deal with that diner scene?...
Of course, when I tell people that I don't like this flick, the usual response goes something like, "Well, most girls don't like that movie" -- but sorry, no dice, because I'm a huge fan of Mann's equally macho films (I even defended Miami Vice), so the 'guy thing' argument just isn't going to do it. Intellectually I know that this is a great film with solid performances and harrowing action sequences, but by the time I've crossed the two-hour mark, I'm ready to hit pause. I guess it all boils down to the fact that I may respect the hell out of this movie, but that doesn't mean I have to like it or love it.
Whenever people try to convince me of the genius of Heat, the diner scene is Exhibit A. But even though the film historian in me knows what makes this scene so special is that it was the first time that DeNiro and Pacino had ever appeared on screen together, the film-goer in me was just, well, kind of bored
But now that I've spilled my guts, it's your turn: sound off in the comments and tell me the movies you think everyone seems to love but you...