“Respect is the ultimate currency.”
After director Ron Howard dropped out from “Inside Man” to instead re-team with Russell Crowe on “Cinderella Man,” producer Brian Grazer ended up turning to an unlikely director to make this fun heist film — Spike Lee. Give his largest budget and a script that’s more of a genre film than anything else Lee’s done before, he managed to create a wild heist film with a great twist ending. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we continue our Heist series this week with Lee’s 2006 film “Inside Man.” We talk about what works in this film and what doesn’t work and how this film fits within Lee’s body of work. We chat about the pacing of the film and how some elements that are problems for Andy aren’t for Pete, but how Pete’s problem areas aren’t problems for Andy. We chat about several key members of the crew and what they’re bringing to the table. And we chat about the perpetual problem Lee seems to have with female characters in his films. We still enjoy the film even with its issues, and we have a great time talking about it this week. Tune in!
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