I saw this film with mates, of course. Later I reviewed it, sent it off, and they chose to publish it. Pretty much my review summed up my view in a nutshell. Although there was no exploration of theme as a potential Christian review would do, I mentioned things that came more to the fore of my writing later on, the violence for instance. In the review, I mentioned the violence in the movie but did not condemn it for the violent scenes. Maybe Christian reviewers should always come down harder on violence, but my impression at the time was less focused on that manner of view. This was a time of pure film appreciation. My mates called this type of film action.
An intense, sometimes bloody, and inherent psychological thriller that stars Al Pacino and Robert De Niro on screen together.
Heat’s editing, cinematography and Dolby digital sound make for impressive viewing with star performances. The violence depicting robberies are brutal but the technical aspects of these scenes are excellent.
Centering on Vincent’s (Pacino) tracking down of a gangster, Neil (De Niro) it is an unpredictable suspense film with intrigue near its core.
Reviewed by Peter Veugelaers 1996, GiveWay Magazine.
A writer has an approach to their work. For me, this is being conducive to my readers. I think this is what every writer wants. To sound conducive and not banging on about something. This is how I approached reviewing films. To sound conducive. Films were not my flavor of the month though But I started writing with something I knew about, as in the 1980’s, before the year 1990, I was an avid moviegoer and knew them all pretty well. In 1990, my views of movies changed.
Starting on a new exercise book of reflections from the gospel of John. Reading John is eye opening as new thoughts emerge thus far. Also printed out several files from a story project that had its genesis in 2002. Hope to recover these in some way shape and form. Printing the writings out helps me organize my thoughts around the emerging story. A random, fitting quote from the Bible has helped to focus the narrative.
Sometimes I wonder if I am a neat freak, but I do not give that thought much time, because I don’t care. I am thorough about things and want things done properly and I applied this last week to finishing off a project. I am glad I have got it out the way as I can relax now that it’s done.
Yet for all my thoroughness, and the frustration this can bring, I am now up to date. Being up to date was my reason for finishing this part of the project off, so I can smooth on into the other stuff in the project without a worry. Now, I am free, when it is done and dusted and the rest is just sailing.
Twenty-five years ago to the year. “I want to have a chat,” said the publisher. “It’s the reviews. They are too straight. You said you were going to bring a Christian perspective. Well?”
Is there something about Christian that is not straight?
Did I get something wrong? Should I have done Christian somehow different? Out of the box? Surprising you with grandeur? Enlightening, perhaps?
Perhaps you wanted the moon but only got dust.
As for my project, the so-called Christian perspective on film, the genesis of a Christian perspective was already there. It just needed plying out. But I am afraid it wouldn’t have been good enough for you. You wanted the moon, but you might have only seen dust.
See if you can spot the genesis of a Christian perspective in these reviews I wrote for them. Its genesis is in the themes I mention and I expected they would have seen the Christian perspective there. Looked like I needed to do some plying out.