Archive for the 'Con Films' Category

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Oct
08

The Sting

We’ve lost so many legends in the showbiz this year. Starting with Heath Ledger, we lost Stan Winston (the creator of the aliens in Alien, the Predator, the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, and other movie monsters), Bernie Mac (hilarious fellow, he was ‘Bobby Bolivia’, the used car salesman in Transformers), Don LaFontaine (the voice of thousands of movie trailers “In a world where…”) and now, Paul Newman. One of Newman’s best remembered roles was in the con movie The Sting, where he plays an all-around rascal, helping a young Robert Redford to beat out the villains that killed his best friend. Bad guy Lonnigan is played by Irish actor Robert Shaw (of Jaws fame), with his famous quote “You follow?” 

Now, this movie is, at its core, a con movie. Have you ever seen the Ocean’s films? It consists of guys trying to one-up other guys, tricking and lying to gain an advantage. It’s a rather genius film, as are Ocean’s 11, 12, and 13. It definitely has some questionable themes in it, including premarital relations (you know what I mean), lying, and cheating. Some harsh language also, including a G-d. None of this should ultimately take away from this classic though.

9 out of 10 stars for the gritty, realistic The Sting.

Next review: I Am Legend.

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"I've... seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I've seen C-Beams... glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost... like tears... in rain. Time... to die." ~Roy Batty (Blade Runner)
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