(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Film: The Hot Rock
Where You Can Stream It: The Criterion Channel
The Pitch: Robert Redford plays a talented thief who gets out of jail and is immediately roped into participating in the heist of a hefty African diamond. But the heist gets screwed up, so he tries to steal it again. And then again. And then again…
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Many heist films follow the same template: introduce the hero, introduce the prize, get a team together, lay out the plan, something goes wrong during the job, the hero ends up walking away with the prize in hand. The Hot Rock mixes up that formula by creating a heist movie with multiple heists in it – only the heists are done by the same people and they’re trying to steal the same object the whole time. While the movie sometimes veers into goofy territory, fans of the genre will appreciate the fun twists and seeing the protagonists scramble as things go wrong over and over again. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, September 6th, 2018 by Rob Hunter
(Welcome to The Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, a series that takes a look at slightly more obscure, under-the-radar, or simply under-appreciated movies.)
Ocean’s 8 hits home video next week, and while I’m not the biggest fan of the film I’m always happy to see another heist movie. (I’ve even done one of these on oddball heist films!) They’re typically organized by charismatic criminals who make elaborate plans and try to avoid violence, and while they’re still crooks they’re usually the film’s protagonists. Audiences actively root for the crime to be a success, and that’s an attitude you just don’t see enough of in this country.
There are plenty of beloved examples in the subgenre from classics like To Catch a Thief (1955) and Rififi (1974) to more modern gems like A Fish Called Wanda (1988) and Snatch (2000), but there are also plenty of entertaining ones that haven’t quite found an audience. So how about I steal some of your time to share some examples of those diamonds in the rough?
Keep reading for a look at six good to great diamond heist movies you’ve probably never seen (but should).
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Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. Tying in with the upcoming release of Logan Lucky, this week’s edition asks “What is your favorite movie heist scene or sequence?”
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