By: Movie Snurb –
A couple of months ago I watched Heat and thought it’d be a cool idea to write my Six Pack of Heist films. So these are my six favorite heist films (in no particular order) and the beers I’d suggest to drink while you watch them.
Considering this was the film that inspired me to write this article, it only makes sense this film would appear in my 6 pack. Heat is the classic heist film, one last job for a score to walk out on. A married to his job detective is hot on their trail, however, saying that belittles how great this film really is. Al Pacino and Robert De Niro go head to head at the top of their game. I’m convinced no one does a heist film better than Michael Mann.
Beer to Drink: Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Coffee Stout
For Heat I think a good coffee stout would be perfect for this film to go along with the classic coffee shop scene between Pacino and De Niro. This classic coffee stout will calm your nerves for the film and make you feel cool at the same time.
Ben Affleck at his best can be one of the most talented directors working today. The Town is absolutely Affleck at his best. Set in the wonderful town of Boston, Affleck and his crew knock over a bank and kidnap a teller that helped them. Affleck then falls for Rebecca Hall’s teller character, while trying to hide it from Jeremy Renner and the rest of his crew. It can be a tad cheesy at times, but The Town is still a solid heist film. Jeremy Renner did land an Oscar nod for his performance.
Beer to Drink: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
Was there going to be any other beer to suggest? Sure, I could’ve found an obscure beer to recommend, but with a solid classic film like The Town, you should drink a solid classic beer. So sit back and enjoy the best Boston has to offer.
Hell or High Water
Last year’s gem of a film. I immediately fell in love with this film. Great writing, great acting, and a brilliant setting and commentary on the economic situation in America and the frustration so many Americans feel. It encapsulates the desolate land of west Texas and yet the amount of pride Texans have for their state. Jeff Bridges got a lot of praise for this film, as well he should have. It’s Ben Foster who truly shines in this film. This is one of the best Westerns and heist films to come along in a while.
Beer to Drink: Shiner Premium Beer
Lone Star has become somewhat of a hipster beer. Shiner is the real brand Texans love, and Shiner Premium Beer is the traditional brew that was inspired by the original recipe from 1909. Hell or High Water is an instant American classic, so why not drink a classic recipe beer? If anything this film will make you thirsty for a Shiner.
Wes Anderson’s first feature film effort is a small quirky delight, which has found more love as the years have gone by. Co-written by and starring Owen Wilson and Luke Wilson, Bottle Rocket is about three friends who want notoriety. So they decide to commit a robbery and then go on the run. However, things definitely do not go as planned. The film plays out in typical Anderson fashion, but Bottle Rocket is void of his unique style of production design and quirky dialogue. This is an Anderson I hope one day he goes back to, even if it’s only for one film.
Beer to Drink: Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc
With Wes Anderson I wanted to recommend a hipster beer. I didn’t want to just say PBR and call it a day, that’d be boring. So I did some research and thought about some of the hipsterish beers I’ve had and decided to go with the Kronenbourg. It’s a French beer, with a slick vintage label, and is a delicious premium witbier. French premium whitbier screams Wes Anderson, and you could kick back with this nice brew with a scarf and tight pants and enjoy an afternoon indulging your hipster side.
Oceans Eleven (2001)
This film was another no-brainer. I saw this film when I was 12 years old and I thought it was one of the coolest films I’ve ever seen. In that moment I wanted to be Daniel Ocean (George Clooney) when I grew up. I wanted to live in Vegas and wear those suits and slick my hair back. This film is the gold standard of heist films and cool films- the stellar cast, the great director, the sleek script, the great setting. Some believe the 1960 original version is better, but I believe this is a rare case where the remake is better.
Beer to Drink: Arrogant Bastard Ale
With the ego of all the characters in this film I knew I was going to recommend this beer. Just go to their website and read what they say about their beer. “At Arrogant Bastard Brewing Co., we believe that pandering to the lowest common denominator represents the height of tyranny- a virtual form of keeping the consumer barefoot and stupid.” With a view like that it’s easy to see why I’d pick it to watch Oceans Eleven. Plus, when you drink an Arrogant Bastard you’ll feel cooler, which is exactly how Oceans Eleven makes you feel. It’s a match made in heaven.
Dog Day Afternoon
To finish off my six pack is Dog Day Afternoon starring Al Pacino and the late John Cazale as Sonny and Sal. They attempt to rob a bank for Sonny’s partner’s sex reassignment surgery. However, they get to the bank after the daily cash pick up and chaos ensues. Dog Day Afternoon is a film that was ahead of its time, hailed as a classic from day one, and it’s not hard to see why. This is a great film to see where Al Pacino really got his start. This and The Godfather: Part II.
Beer to Drink: Schofferhofer Grapefruit Weizen-Mix
This is one of my all time favorite beers. It’s perfect to cool you off on a nice hot summer day. This film will pair well with the film to help keep you calm, cool, and refreshed during the chaos of the hot summer attempted robbery. You can’t calm Al Pacino down, but you’ll be able to keep yourself cool with this delicious beer.