“You guys are pros. The best. I’m sure you can make it out of the casino. Of course, lest we forget, once you’re out the front door, you’re still in the middle of the fucking desert!” With a new Steven Soderbergh crime movie arriving on HBO Max this weekend, we decided it was time to revisit the Ocean’s franchise, the stylish trilogy of heist films that he is arguably best known for. Uneven though they may be, these were enjoyable to rewatch and we also threw in the 2018 spin-off and the 1960 original as well. Our discussion covers the history of Las Vegas and the evolution of the heist movie genre, the appeal of Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, the experimental and meta elements of the series and, of course, the detailed real-world logistics of each heist. Who is the coolest member of the Ocean’s crew? Did Ocean’s 12 get unfairly dismissed upon its original release? Could Ocean’s 8 actually be the best entry in the series? Most importantly, what is the proper order to file these movies on your shelf? Cash in your chips and download this month’s premium podcast below.
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