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Friday, June 23, 2017

Edgar Wright Presents Heist Society

Reservoir Dogs.

By Edgar Wright

Newsflash, BAM: Crime does not pay! Don’t let this criminally entertaining series of heist films influence you to go a-robbing and a-looting when you leave the theater. Avoid the sticky ends and time in the slammer by simply living vicariously from the cinematic thrills of these robbing hoods. Getaway this summer with 22 solid gold heist movies curated by the team at BAMcinématek and myself:

Fri, Jun 30
A taut, zero-fat thriller with Ryan O’Neal and Bruce Dern playing cat and mouse through downtown LA’s concrete jungle.

Sat, Jul 1
Dustin Hoffman stars as a career criminal who can’t escape the temptation of LA’s crime underworld. Based on the life story of Eddie “Mr Blue” Bunker.

Peak form, super sexy Soderbergh thriller finds George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez as a thief and US Marshall entangled in a criminal romance.

Sun, Jul 2
Michael Mann’s supremely epic LA heist flick features De Niro and Pacino in cinema’s greatest cat & mouse chase.

Michael Cimino’s debut movie, a highly entertaining heist yarn starring Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges. Dry humor, oddball encounters, and some of the finest ’70s shirts to grace the screen.

Mon, Jul 3
Wes Anderson’s film debut sets the bar for his later work as two buddies (Luke and Owen Wilson) bumble lovably through a very messy heist.

The great Robert Wise stages a gritty robbery-gone-wrong picture that ranks among the best of his noir film.

Tue, Jul 4
Kathryn Bigelow ups the ante in this iconic 90s cult crime thriller that revolves around the FBI hunting a group of bank-robbing surfers. 100 percent pure adrenaline.

Point Break.

Fri, Jul 7
Violence, mayhem, and masterful suspense play out in this excellent Don Siegel heist flick starring Walter Matthau.

Sat, Jul 8
Al Pacino in one of his best roles as a hapless criminal trapped within the bank he’s robbing in Sidney Lumet’s great crime drama.

Gun Crazy
One of the greatest noir films, this Joseph H. Lewis romance/robbery thriller paved the way for Bonnie & Clyde years later.

Reservoir Dogs
Quentin Tarantino’s peerless hard-boiled gem of a debut is a bank robbery flick featuring a legendary cast and one of the most iconic film soundtracks around.

Fri, Jul 14
Neo noir at its finest, this early Michael Mann flick stars James Caan as the ultimate thief who gets caught up in a deadly double-cross.

Danger: Diabolik.

Sat, Jul 15
Shirley MacLaine and Michael Caine star in this ingenious bait-and-switch con film as the duo attempts to dupe a millionaire out of a priceless antique.

Danger: Diabolik
Famed giallo filmmaker Mario Bava directs this psychedelic, Morricone-scored caper, based on an Italian comic book series. What more could you ask for?!

Sun, Jul 16
Robert Redford shines in this super cool Donald Westlake adaptation about a former con getting involved in an elaborate museum heist. With its Quincy Jones’ score and fun ensemble, this is a total gem.

Peter Fonda and Susan George play the uproarious titular characters whose wild robbing antics lead to an insane, non-stop police chase.

Ocean's Eleven.

Fri, Jul 21
Soderbergh and Clooney re-team with an starry ensemble for a uber cool, super slick remake of the iconic Rat Pack Vegas caper. The best remake of recent memory.

Sat, Jul 22
Alec Guinness and Peter Sellers lead this bone-dry Ealing comedy classic as they plan an elaborate heist while boarding at an old widow’s house.

The Italian Job
The original spin on this Michael Caine-led swinging 60’s caper also boasts another killer soundtrack by Quincy Jones.

Sat, Jul 23
This ambitious German thriller features an intense bank robbery story done in one continuous take! Must be seen to be believed.

Steve McQueen robs banks, smashes cars, and steals Ali MacGraw’s heart in Sam Pekinpah’s high-octane crime caper.

The Getaway.

Edgar Wright is a director, screenwriter, producer, and actor.

Edgar Wright Presents Heist Society screens at BAMcinématek from Jun 27—Jul 23.

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