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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

The List So Far

The Bank Job

Boiler Room

Bonnie and Clyde

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Die Hard, Die Harder, Die Hard with a Vengeance, Live Free or Die Hard


Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Dog Day Afternoon

The Driver

Ducktales: The Movie



The Getaway

The Grifters



The Heist

House of Games

The Italian Job

Inside Man

Jackie Brown

The Ladykillers (both)

Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrells

Matchstick Men

Ocean's 11, 12, and 13, as well as the previous Ocean's 11.

Out of Sight


The Perfect Score

Point Break
Reservoir Dogs
The Score



The Sting


The Thomas Crown Affair (both)

The Town

The Usual Suspects

The Film Heist Economy

I blame Jesse James. Ever since he shot someone on the way out of Dodge (or whatever city it was), heists have become increasingly spectacular. At least that's the mythology both literature and films have created. Even Robin Hood's highway robberies became more spectacular as the genre became more capable. And it's understandable. It's spectacle.

Movie heists appear to be both incredibly extravagant for what would be a real life low return. I'd like to take a look at this fictional "heist economy" to determine how probable something is. mean, it's a movie, we don't expect it, but robbing a bank with two helicopters or a building with a full paramilitary arsenal (including a rocket launcher) is incredibly impractical.

Art heists in particular also interest me, as they really do happen, and the more high profile the heist, the more amazing. Still, this also limits the kind of fences and buyers you can go to, so there likely isn't a high return.

Leave any suggestions for films, literature, or even real life heists to take a look at.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

I've been blogged!

Well... to an extent.

x-posted at tumblr.

This was an interesting snark piece covering the Wold Newton reading series, a speculative fiction reading series that some friends of mine put on.