/Answers: The Greatest Movie Heists

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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?”

Ethan Anderton: Mission: Impossible III

The Mission: Impossible franchise may not immediately come to mind when you think of heist movies since they’re action adventure and spy movies first. But each of the Mission: Impossible moves involves at least one heist where the cast breaks into a seemingly impossible to penetrate facility. While the original is a staple of cinema, it’s been a little hard to appreciate as much knowing that the room containing the NOC list has every security measure imaginable, except video surveillance. But I digress.

For me, I think one of the best heists comes from Mission: Impossible III, when the IMF team has to break into the Vatican City in order to retrieve the MacGuffin known as the Rabbit’s Foot. The only way to do that is to kidnap the man who has it in his possession, the dangerous, underground criminal Owen Davian (Philip Seymour Hoffman). It’s a task that requires Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his entire team to pull it off, and it also requires the use of the staple IMF mask technology, which makes for a great scene where Tom Cruise slowly is transformed into Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The scene is exciting, suspenseful, and makes great use of the team dynamic that all Mission: Impossible movies have at their center, despite being considered Tom Cruise vehicles. Plus, there’s a great moment of levity when Ethan Hunt, as Owen Davian, and Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) have a casual exchange right in the middle of the heist.


Jacob Hall: Rififi

Like the grizzled, older gangster coming out retirement to teach the young punks a thing or two, Jules Dassin’s Rififi remains one of the greatest crime movies ever made over 60 years after it was made. Released in 1955, this noir classic is a noteworthy heist movie for two reasons. First, the big job isn’t the climax of the film – it takes place in the second act, with the rest of the film dealing with the fallout of the “perfect crime.” Second, the big job practically is the entire second act of the film, running 28 minutes and showcasing a jewel heist in such agonizing detail that the film was reportedly banned by French police for being a little too real.

It’s a remarkable heist (sandwiched in a remarkable movie), made all the more breathless and intense because it plays out without dialogue or score. To slip past a vibration-sensitive security system, the crew of criminals use a specialized set of tools to break in through the ceiling and proceed to not make a peep as they carry out the robbery. This means every sound we do hear – a deep breath or the tap of a hammer or even a misplaced footstep – is enough to make you leap out of your seat.

It’s a thrilling experience to watch characters who are good at their jobs do them well. And while Rififi ultimately punishes its characters for their crimes, for 30 minutes, we’re on their side, on the edge of our seats, watching as they showcase true professionalism. Sure, it’s professionalism in service of illegal activity, but you have to admire the nerve and the precision. And that applies to Dassin’s filmmaking, too.

Vanessa Bogart: The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

“Do you wanna dance? Or do you wanna dance?” Aside from being one of the sexiest movies ever made (That sheer dress! Those marble stairs! Is it getting warm in here?), the 199 remake of The Thomas Crown Affair boasts not one, but two of the greatest art heist scenes in cinema. And although there is a lot to admire about the opening heist of the $ 100 million San Giorgio Maggiore by Twilight by Monet, the heist that has never been matched in my mind,is the one at the end, the one that adds insult to injury: the theft of The Banks of the Seine at Argenteuil by Edouard Manet.

The heist of the Monet that the film is centered round is impressive, and definitely an intricate affair. It is executed so meticulously that even though the detectives on Crown’s tail know it was him, they can’t seem to prove it. And yet, somehow, this $ 100 million job isn’t the most impressive heist in the film. The whole film is a perfect game of cat and mouse made even more enticing with a passionate love affair. Watching Rene Russo and Pierce Brosnan toy with one another almost makes you forget about the expensive object at the film’s center. However, Catherine is a serious woman, and through several misunderstandings, Crown knows, anticipates, and counts on her betraying him to the police. He tells her the exactly when he will return to the museum to replace the stolen Monet.

Upon entering the museum in a grey overcoat and red tie, Crown makes sure all eyes are on him, before placing a bowler hat on his head, the perfect image of the figure in The Son of Man, a painting by Rene Magritte that has been shown more than once throughout the film. Crown utters “let’s play ball,” and walks calmly but purposefully into the crowd. To the police, this seems like it will play out as a simple arrest, but that calm sense of inevitable victory is quickly shattered when they realize that Crown has no intention of being caught. Set exquisitely to the tune of ‘Sinnerman’ by Nina Simone, men with grey overcoats, red ties, and bowler hats fill the corridors of the museum, making it impossible to determine Crown from the lookalikes. It is a perfectly orchestrated dance. Once the distraction is set, Crown changes clothes and sneaks into the impressionist wing under the cover of smoke bombs and a fire alarm.

The metal guards close over the paintings to protect them from the sprinklers, but they stop just shy of the Pissaro painting that Crown had so generously donated just three days following the Monet heist. The water begins to wash away the paint exposing the stolen Monet beneath it. That son of a bitch. Before the detectives and the audience can even begin to comprehend the fact that the painting had been there the whole time, the metal gates open, and the Manet that Catherine had admired earlier was gone.

The key to a great heist film is to fool the detectives and the audience. Thomas Crown managed to do so with class and a wicked sense of humor. You can’t help but smirk and applaud. You have been fooled in the most delightful way.

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Check Out This Infographic About the Evolution of Movie Poster Design

Movie Poster Designs

Time for a quick look back at movie posters over the last 60 years. We’re all used to seeing Photoshopped movie posters these days, with massive floating heads, explosions and lighting effects, and plenty of other cheesy design tricks. However, movie posters have a glorious history, originating as hand-painted pieces of art that were just as iconic and unforgettable as the movie itself. This new infographic takes a look back at «The Evolution of Movie Posters«, featuring 12 different designs ranging from the 1950s to the 00s. It highlights some of the best movie posters in Hollywood history, and discusses how the design and style of posters has changed over time. The Jaws poster is one of the best ever made, and the designs for E.T. and Star Wars are also perfect. Check out the infographic below to dive even deeper into the history of posters. ›››

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Everything You Need to Know About Building a Drug Lab on the Cheap — For Your Movie

Need a seedy drug lab in your next movie? Build it yourself.

Looking back at when I first started filmmaking, I see that one of the most beneficial qualities I had was to never let myself get deterred by thoughts like “I can’t afford that” or “There is no way I’ll be able to do that with the tools I have access to.”

As an aspiring filmmaker, you have to be unstoppable, resourceful, think outside the box, and take risks. Figuring out new ways to create what you see in your imagination with minimal funding or resources will give you an upper hand when you finally get access to bigger/better resources, and it will challenge your creative mind in the ways you look at everyday objects.

Even the smallest details matter and can make or break an illusion.

One of my fondest memories is creating a beautiful drug lab for a little under $ 250. I was in high school at the time and barely had any money to cover the costs of my projects, but I had an extreme desire to make a fight scene inside of a drug lab for a short film. So my friends and I got together and we did.

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How a Movie Can Go Wrong (Even When It Had Everything Right)

James Ellroy’s novel “The Black Dahlia” is a fictionalized crime noir that launches from one of the most gruesome unsolved murders of old Los Angeles. Ellroy’s book is quintessential noir layered in a dark world of criminals, muscled confessions and crooked cops. No one is innocent in the pursuit of justice for the murder of […]

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The Navy SEAL movie of summer has disappeared. Poof. Gone.


Can I get a visual on Renegades?

The Navy SEAL drama that was set to hit North American theaters in three weeks has vanished from the schedule, reports Richard Rushfield in Friday’s edition of The Ankler. We’ve confirmed that EuropaCorp, the French film production company behind Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, has indeed aborted the mission to open it Sept. 1. No alternate date has been set.

The tale of a Navy SEAL team that discovers treasure in a Bosnian lake stars J.K. Simmons — he of now beastly ripped old-man physique — and no one else you’ve likely heard of. Does Sullivan Stapleton ring a bell? I guess Ewen Bremner (Spud from Trainspotting) was just in Wonder Woman, so there’s that. Read more…

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Skrull Concept Art for Captain Marvel Movie Revealed

Skrull Concept Art for Captain Marvel Movie Revealed

Skrull concept art for Captain Marvel movie revealed

Last week at San Diego Comic-Con the first details on the Captain Marvel movie were revealed by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and among them was confirmation that the infamous Skrulls would be the film’s villains. Concept artist Jerad S.Marantz has taken to Instagram to show off the art he produced for the film and for its villains. Check out the Skrull concept art below!

It’s worth noting that Marantz specifically mentions the Super-Skrull in his post, a character that is noted for having the combined powers of the Fantastic Four, but since Marvel Studios doesn’t own the rights to those characters it remains to be seen what abiliites that character will have should they appear in the film.

Additional story details for the Captain Marvel movie include that Samuel L. Jackson will appear in the film as Nick Fury, but will instead have both of his eyes this time because the film will be set in the earl 90s! Captain Marvel will begin production next year in Los Angeles, California.

The directing pair of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Mississippi Grind) have signed on to direct the film, starring Brie Larson in the title role. Kevin Feige will produce the film, written by Meg LeFauve and Nicole Perlman. Marvel Studios’ Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, and Jonathan Schwartz serve as Executive Producers alongside Stan Lee.

RELATED: Brie Larson Shares Her Thoughts About the Captain Marvel Film

In the regular Marvel Comics continuity, Carol Danvers made her first appearance in 1968’s Marvel Super-Heroes #13. A Security Chief in the US air force, Danvers would later be transformed into the superhero Ms. Marvel following an explosion involving Kree technology. More recently, Danvers took on the identity of Captain Marvel after being “promoted” to the moniker of the former Kree superhero.

Captain Marvel is set to hit theaters on March 8, 2019.

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Sequel Bits: ‘Star Trek 4’ Update, Another ‘Simpsons’ Movie, and Is Deathstroke in ‘The Batman’?

Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Joe Manganiello knows whether or not he’ll appear in The Batman, but will he tell us?
  • Zachary Quinto gives an update on the progress of Star Trek 4
  • One of the stars of Baby Driver will play a major role in the Mamma Mia sequel
  • Sarah Paulson boards M. Night Shyamalan‘s Unbreakable sequel
  • The latest odds of a Simpsons Movie sequel
  • And more!

Despite appearing in costume as Deathstroke in some footage from the Justice League set, it remains unclear if True Blood and Magic Mike star Joe Manganiello will actually show up in that movie, in Matt ReevesThe Batman, or in nothing at all. THR caught up with him and asked him if he has any info on his status as the assassin character now that Ben Affleck stepped down as the director of the Batman solo film, and Manganiello was non-committal:

I don’t. Well, I do but nothing that I can share. I know everything but I can’t say any of it.

When asked if he knew when we would find out, he replied, “It’s not up to me. That’s a good question for Warner Bros. and D.C.” So he’s just reiterating his statements from March, which basically boiled down to, “we’ll see.”

Star Trek 4 Development

Zachary Quinto, the actor plays Spock in the latest iteration of live-action Star Trek films, gave a brief update to Entertainment Tonight about the status of Star Trek 4:

“I’m expecting [the film to come together], but it’s a process. It’s always this way. It’s like, “Yes, we’re going to do it!” But then there are many steps in that process – writing a script being primary among them – and I know that’s what they’re working on now. I think we’re all really excited to go back and we’ll do that whenever the phone rings and it’s J.J. [Abrams] on the other end. But yeah, it is a process. There is years between the first few movies – I think four years between the first two and three between the second and the third. So we are kind of on track. It was two years ago we shot the last one and it came out last year so I feel we are still in the strike zone.”

He also said he didn’t think he’d be interested in making a cameo appearance on Star Trek: Discovery, saying “There is an endless combination of possibilities of stories and characters. I don’t feel like they will need me.” Still, he didn’t slam the door entirely on the possibility, so if the right story comes along, we might see his Spock on the small screen.

Baby Driver - Deborah (Lily James) and Baby (Ansel Elgort)

Baby Driver and Cinderella star Lily James will star in Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! for Universal. She’ll play the younger version of Meryl Streep‘s Donna, and the film will bounce back and forth in time “to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present.” Streep, Amanda Seyfried, and Christine Baranski will reprise their roles from the 2008 movie.

Pamela Adlon in Better Things

Pamela Adlon, the star and co-creator of the FX comedy Better Things, has joined the cast of Paramount’s Bumblebee movie. She’ll play the mother of Hailee Steinfeld’s character in the studio’s first Transformers spin-off film, which is being directed by Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight.

Director M. Night Shyamalan announced that The People vs. O.J. Simpson star Sarah Paulson has boarded his new movie Glass, which is the sequel to Unbreakable and Split. He ended the message with “#powerhouse,” which could easily be referring to Paulson’s acting abilities or…hear me out…what if she’s playing a superhero named Powerhouse in this movie? GET PUMPED, AMERICA.

The Simpsons Movie car 2

Ten years after The Simpsons Movie hit theaters, director David Silverman and producer Al Jean gave an update to EW about a possible sequel:

I’d love for there to be another one. We’re still a ways away from it. We talk about this and that. We’re thinking it over, but nothing’s happening just yet.…. It’s still daunting because it really knocked the stuffing out of us to do the movie and the show at the same time.

I’d say [it’s in] the very earliest stages. I certainly am cautious about a couple things. I wouldn’t want it to be risky in terms of budget, and I would not want it to be anything that we did purely for the money. I would want it to be a really great movie. I personally feel no need for another one unless it’s great.

Sounds like they’re still recovering from the last one, and while they have some ideas kicking around, I don’t expect to see Another Simpsons Movie (or whatever it ends up being called) any time soon.

the predator cast

While appearing at Comic-Con, Olivia Munn spoke a bit to Yahoo about the upcoming sequel The Predator, which she stars in alongside Boyd Holbrook, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Jane, Trevante Rhodes, and a handful of others.

“We just wrapped and it comes out next summer. I’m so excited about it. It’s really cool because it’s a standalone. We have the inspiration and we’re in the world of Predator, so we have all the other movies that exist [in that franchise], but we don’t need to acknowledge them. It’s a really cool movie because it feels very present day, and it’s a great ensemble of amazing, funny, comedic actors, too.”

She also talked about the “visceral” and “jarring” experience of seeing the Predator himself on set for the first time, praising the film’s use of practical effects, so that should give fans something to look forward to. The Predator blasts its way into theaters on August 3, 2018.

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Watch the weird new trailer for Oculus’ first full-length VR movie


Virtual reality company Oculus on Thursday released a trippy trailer for its first full-length film, and you won’t want to miss it. 

The film, called Miyubi, takes the viewer through a series of strange events as you follow the life of a 1982 suburban family in America.

And you’re not just watching the movie passively. Oculus financed the movie and worked with production studios Felix and Paul Studios and Funny or Die, who set it up so that viewers are a part of the action.

Your character isn’t another human watching from the outside either — you’re a Japanese toy robot from the ’80s named Miyubi. Read more…

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Steven Soderbergh Has Already Shot Another Movie – Using an iPhone

steven soderbergh iphone movie

Next month, after a four-year absence from filmmaking, it’s time to praise the heavens because Steven Soderbergh has another movie coming to theaters, Logan Lucky. It looks like we might not have to wait long for his follow-up to the new heist movie, either. Soderbergh has already shot another movie, titled Unsane, on an iPhone.

Below, learn more about the Steven Soderbergh iPhone movie.

According to VarietyUnsane stars Juno Temple (Vinyl) and Claire Foy (The Crown). Zero is known about the plot. Only his two stars and the fact he shot the movie on an iPhone have come to light. The director has always gravitated towards trying new things and new genres, so making a movie on an iPhone almost seems like a logical step for him. Soderbergh recently gave this advice to aspiring filmmakers in a reddit Q & A: “get a script and an iPhone and start shooting. Seriously.” He knows from experience that this works, and it also worked great for Sean Baker’s 2015 movie Tangerine, which was famously shot using that technology.

The Tracking Board‘s insiders tell them Soderbergh plans to self-distribute through his banner, Fingerprint Releasing, which is handling the wide release of Logan Lucky. Soderbergh, who was frustrated by the cost of releasing a studio movie, explained how he’s found a cheaper way to do it: “sell the foreign [rights] to cover the cost of the [film] negative” and “sell the non-theatrical rights to cover the cost of the [prints and advertising], and that’s it.” It’s a simple model, as he explained to EW, and a way for filmmakers like himself to get different movies out in the world without costing an arm and a leg to market.

He also told EW how the experience of his recently canceled (and excellent) Cinemax series, The Knick, inspired him to keep working behind the camera:

First, I was not going to be directing at all and just really take a sabbatical. Right as we were going to Cannes with Behind the Candelabra, which was in my mind going to be the official start of my enforced vacation, I got the script for The Knick. So I went from not doing anything and exploring my future as a painter to starting to shoot a ten-hour television show in four months. The Knick scared me. We had to shoot 600 pages in 73 days. I’ve worked on some films with pretty aggressive schedules. This was on another order of magnitude, and I was terrified. This was something that was keeping me up at nights, wondering if this was really too big a reach. About a week in, I realized that there was a rhythm that was actually really exhilarating to be had and we were going to make it. I was sitting there on set, realizing that this is the job that I should be doing. This is my job. I should be directing stuff. Nobody’s waiting around for my paintings. So I kind of flipped a switch. I got reconnected with what I like about the job. For a while, I was just very, very happy to be working in that form. I loved working with a ten-hour canvas. It was really fun, and I wasn’t really thinking about movies… until this script came in over the transom. If it hadn’t, I think everything would be TV oriented.

Soderbergh has a few TV projects in the works at the moment. He’s producing Scott Frank‘s Netflix series, Godless, and Starz’s The Girlfriend Experience. Soderbergh also worked with HBO again on a TV movie, Mosaic, which he directed; that stars Sharon Stone. Like Unsane, few details have been shared about the project, but all we really need to know to get excited is it’s from Steven Soderbergh.

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