Dog Day Afternoon ★★★★½

Surprised no one ever talks about how much of a comedy the first 30 minutes or so of this movie is. A stunning thriller. 9 time Academy Award-nominee and one-time winner Al Pacino is very good at acting!

Particularly enamored with one incredible segment of editing in the middle of the movie around a sudden moment. Nice to finally see where the inspiration for every hour-long hostage episode of a procedural in the last 45 years came from. Also nice to finally get what that one Florence and the Machine song is about... (according to the rules of Comedy, this is where I would explicitly name a second Florence and the Machine song, pretending I am not referring to the one that is not related to this movie but has "Dog Days" in the title. However, I am ill-equipped for this, as I do not know a second Florence and the Machine song and am too into this overexplainer bit to bother googling a second song. Apologies to you all. Did they do "Hey Ya")

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