Monday, January 02, 2006

Ocean's 11 & Catch Me If You Can

I'm a movie buff ... I have always thought it interesting that Hollywood often features Macs in a lot of the movies set in the modern era. I also always find it telling of how good a director is, by the subtle elements hidden in the scenery of the movie.

Up for review today: Ocean's 11 (starring George Clooney & Brad Pitt) & Catch Me If You Can (starring Leonardo DiCaprio & Tom Hanks)

Both of these movies have a subtle element to them that you may not think of at first. Both movies make the bad guys likeable. A lot of con men are likeable. Only the successful conman, through charm, wit, and intelligence, can pull off big scams and cons.

Smack yourself while watching these movies if you start to root for the bad guys or think to yourself, "Now why couldn't I do something like that?" OR "That's cool!"

Ocean's 11 (2001) (a better remake of an original from 1960 starring Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin.) is the most believable fictional con of any movie you will see ... it is incredibly well thought out and very entertaining.

Personally, I'm not a fan of George Clooney ... but this is his role. He has a great interaction with Brad Pitt. This role, in fact, was the start of a great friendship between Pitt and Clooney.

Basic Plot:

Daniel Ocean is a thief (implicated in a dozen crimes, but only charged for one) who has just been paroled from prison. He seeks out his partner, Rusty to help assemble a team of con artists and bank robbers to pull off the biggest heist in history .(By robbing the vault that houses the cash of three casinos in Las Vegas.) Everything is goes as planned until Rusty discovers that Ocean's ex-wife, Tess is currently involved with Terry Benedict the (ruthless) owner of the casinos. Rusty asks him what is he going to do if he has to choose. Ocean says that if his plan goes smoothly, he won't have to decide between Tess or the money.

My nickname is Rusty ... another reason I like the movie.

Something to watch out for ... Angie Dickinson makes a brief (2 second) cameo ... she played the role of Tess in the original 1960 movie (played by Julia Roberts in the remake).

The second movie in today's feature is Catch Me If You Can. This is arguably one of my top five movies. It also relates closely to the formation of this website.

From the FYT article; Catch Me If You Can Part II: The True Story Behind MacMice

* In January 2003, your FYT editor, discovers all of the events so far by accident

* While searching for Catch Me If You Can Movie art, on Google, the typical graphic is:

* But this graphic also comes up from the personal page of Jack Campbell:

* Curious about the content of the site, I investigate & am amazed at the wording on the site ... and so my story begins

* I later go on to form which later became

Basic plot:

(New York, the 1960s) High schooler Frank Abagnale Jr. (DiCaprio) idolizes his father (played by Christopher Walken), who's in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away to Manhattan with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain his father's losses and get his parents back together. Just a few years later, the FBI tracks him down in France; he's extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he's posed as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and an attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he's been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty (Hanks). What starts out as a cat and mouse chase melds into an unlikely friendship between Hanratty and Abignale.

Ironically, Jack Campbell served time in jail for tax stamp fraud. (Frank Abignale's father was in trouble with the IRS) Also, Jack is the name of the new husband Frank's mother marries after his parents separation.

As it stands today ... I wouldn't say Jack Campbell and I are friends ... but we have an unlikely common understanding of each other.

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