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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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