i accidentally watched four movies about art thieves.
it started with the Monuments Men. saving stolen paintings from the nazis!
they played it on tv a few weeks ago and i caught 15 minutes of it while on my break at work. i wanted to watch the whole thing so i borrowed it from the library.
while browsing the M section of the videos, i saw Mortdecai and thought i'd get it too, seeing as it had johnny depp and ewan mcgregor in it. well, this movie happened to be about a stolen painting too.
Mortdecai was kind of like... a rehash of the peter sellers pink panther.
a shot in the dark is my favorite! so, it didn't quite stand up to the originals but not a bad update.
i particularly liked the soundtrack of mortdecai- mod funky 70's electro lounge music.
monuments men was great, of course. what a great cast! everyone worked so great together. it was a natural conglomeration of friendship. i've rented this movie three times already, i'm thinking of just buying a copy for myself.
i started thinking about a movie i rented a couple of years ago that also had an all star cast, The Maiden Heist. this movie has christopher walken, william h macy, and morgan freeman as museum security guards who are going to steal their favorite paintings.
i went to the library to see if the video was in. it wasn't, so i put it on reserve and browsed for something else to watch. i found American Hustle. it was nominated for several awards and had been on my "to watch list" for some time, so i took it home.
the star of this movie was a con man who was mostly into fraud and forgery, but he did have some art dealing in his repertoire. i had no idea!
by the time i got my hands on the Maiden Heist (this week), the theme was clear. the movie was just as funny as i remembered it. ("don't panic! if you panic, i'll panic!")
here are my ratings in dot form:
Monuments Men •••••
Mortdecai ••ººº (but the soundtrack gets ••••º)
American Hustle ••••º
The Maiden Heist ••••º
whenever i experience a coincidence like this, i wonder what my subconscious is suggesting to me?
i guess it's only appropriate to share music by Thieves Like Us.
i discovered Thieves like us from the 3hive music blog! remember that?! http://3hive.com/?s=drugs+in+my+body this post is telling me the song is from 2006. i STILL have this in my "frequency" playlist in my itunes, has it really been that long? well... i guess that's about right. i remember listening to this song before i had a laptop... before i had an ipod! i was still on windows ME and had this song burned on a CD with Lismore's This Time and Tremolo and Lymbyc Systym's Truth Skull. it was a very chill CD. prefect for daydreaming about stolen art...
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