If you don’t own a copy, you’ve either forgotten about this movie or have never seen it. This is arguably each lead’s most famous role of their career. And for good reason: when an disparate team of jewel theives vie for their loot, Deception is the rule of law in what amounts to The Bermuda Triangle of relationships. Love and lust notwithstanding, greed and revenge bring out a range of emotions– and even slapstick– in those subjected to the whims of manipulative Wanda, a woman so dynamic, a beloved pet is named after her.
In writing, as in life, less is more. Correspondingly, a simple story allowed to stand on its own, free to breathe (i.e. without overt biases and/or contrived themes imposed upon it), will naturally generate “The Conversation” so many artists eagerly crave these days.
Personally, I heard it say, “If you spend half as much time devoted to the task at hand as you do trying to get out of it, you’ll be fulfilled by both the process and the result. In the end, making a quick buck is complicated and expensive!”
But as viewers found with Doubt, everyone will walk away from the movie insisting it was about something else.
To pidgeon- hole this as a post- apocalyptic story would be too crass for such a nuanced satire that intimately explores the Human Experience; few films capture such a raw and visceral perspective. One of its co-leads compared this to Harold and Maude, which is apt given its subtle dark humor. However, the isolation the characters […]
You never realize just how formulaic the movies you typically watch truly are until you see something completely unique, such as this one. Considering how eager studios are to remake everything, I’m surprised this wasn’t of interest to anyone. It’s probably just as well; they would likely turn it into a slapstick comedy. I’m sure […]
Though there are both stunts and humor galore, this is no James Bond spoof; comedic actors were actually taught fighting techniques to do most of their own stunts and action stars ad libbed many of the best lines. The result stands on its own two feet (and is perhaps overqualified) as a contender in its […]
Family is complicated, as is small town interpersonal politics. The addition of fame and a potential fortune amplifies tensions that crescendo towards a battle for personal pride. When a hapless salesman realizes his boozy old father plans to travel cross- country to claim a non-existent prize based on a misunderstanding, it’s becomes clear he’s just […]
“Is there some reason that my coffee isn’t here? Has she died or something?” Unofficially based on real world- renowned fashion magazine editor, Anna Wintour, the fictional Miranda Priestly is as tough as they come. She’s also smart, clever and driven; the polar opposite of Andy, a homely but optimistic aspiring journalist, who somehow manages […]
Handsome, Nick Naylor is a lobbyist, i.e. Sultan of Spin for Big Tobacco. He may be charming but his only friends are the self- proclaimed, “MOD Squad” because he, VP of the Academy of Tobacco Studies along with the head of the Moderation Counsel (alcohol) and chairman of SAFETY– Society for the Advancement of Firearms […]
Simon: “The life that I was trying for is over. The life that I had is gone and I’m feeling so damn sorry for myself that it’s difficult to breathe.” Simon, an artist recently assaulted during a home invasion and Carol, a lonely single mother with a sickly son are the two people least likely […]
A post- Cold War caper is masterminded by former hackers running a security company, who team up to save the world from cyberterrorism. Fun, right? Like any tech film, it deserves to be considered in the context of its time; juxtaposed against political uncertainty, technological innovation will always be in danger of misuse but this […]