Episode 32: Ooh, Ruffians!

Xanadu Sq LogoIn this week’s extra-boozy episode, we talk about heist movies! Because, seriously, don’t we all want to be part of a heist at some part of our lives? It’s even a great word. HEIST. Roll that around in your mouth for a while. HEISSSSST.

Anyway, if you would like to drink along, we found a bottle of Layer Cake Malbec that served us quite well. We promise we paid for it. We did not steal it, because we like and admire the honest workers of our local alcohol-providing establishments.

Show notes and links below the cut!

Movies mentioned:
Dark City
Layer Cake
Now You See Me
The Italian Job (both versions)
Point Break
Danger: Diabolik
Jackie Brown
The Thomas Crown Affair (both versions)
The Taking of Pelham 123
A Fish Called Wanda
National Treasure
The Score
Ocean’s 11
Point Break
Hudson Hawk
Three Kings
Inside Man
Die Hard
The Usual Suspects
Dog Day Afternoon
American Hustle
Bob le Flambeur
The Transporter
Dhoom (also Dhoom 2 and Dhoom 3)
Gone in 60 Seconds
Man on Wire
Sexy Beast
To Catch a Thief
Duck, You Sucker
The Matrix
Inside Man
Do the Right Thing
Trading Places

People mentioned:
River Phoenix
David Strathairn
Dan Aykroyd
Ben Kingsley
Michael Caine
Mark Walberg
Ed Norton
Jason Statham
Charlize Theron
Seth Green
Mario Bava
John Philip Law
Peter Ustinov
Pierce Brosnan
Rene Russo
Jules Dassin
Walter Matthau
Robert Shaw
Jamie Lee Curtis
Kevin Kline
Robert de Niro
Marlon Brando
Michael Mann
Val Kilmer
Kathryn Bigelow
Brad Pitt
David O. Russell
George Clooney
John McTiernan
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Sidney Lumet
Al Pacino
Chris Sarandon
Jean-Pierre Melville
Hrithik Roshan
Ashwarya Rai
Cary Grant
Grace Kelly
Sergio Leone
James Coburn
Rod Steiger
Meg Tilly
Gina Gershon
Joe Pantoliano
Spike Lee
Jamie Lee Curtis


Here’s the Beastie Boys “Body Movin'” video, as mentioned in the episode:

And here’s the opening sequence from Dhoom 2:


  1. Such a great episode, gotta love a good heist flick. (No love for Ronin, though? There’s a team that teams up, a Macguffin, and a car chase!)

    Ocean’s 12: You know where I gave up completely on that movie? Julia Roberts playing not-Julia-Roberts pretending to be Julia Roberts. No. Just, no. Stop it, movie.

    1. Our original sound file for this episode was 2 hours long. There were a lot of fine heist movies that we just didn’t have time for. But fear not! Ronin will definitely be a centerpiece of our future car chase episode.

      As for Ocean’s 12: by god, I forgot about that. I think those memory neurons strangled themselves to spare me.

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