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Matchstick Men 2003

A phobic con artist and his protégé are on the verge of pulling off a lucrative swindle when the former's teenage daughter arrives unexpectedly...

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Tic-prone Nicholas Cage and Sam Rockwell are con men planning their next big score when Cage's daughter shows up out of nowehere.

It is a lighthearted movie. Nicholas Cage is super cool. His obsessive compulsive tics were hilarious. Sam Rockwell should have been in the movie more but he was cool too. The daughter was great and passed as a 14-year-old. I think she's like 21 or 23 in real life.

When I saw the preview, I thought I could figure out the twist of the movie but it wasn't what I thought. I didn't expect it. I really enjoyed the movie. Highly recommended fun movie.
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I will be looking for any information on all of Nics "new" upcoming movies. If anyone knows anything or wants to share pics let me know. :D
I absolutely despise Nicholas Cage and i liked this movie. It was very entertaining...although i believe the character suits cage's terrible acting. Hes so bad...but the movie is great...he should have stuck with Coppola.
All the Real Girls: 7 out of 10; a humanist tale of love that really gets to the heart of the matter. If you liked Lost in Translation be sure to check this one out.

Pieces of April: 7 out of 10; a wonderful script backed by wonderful acting bogged by shoddy camerawork and an obviously low budget. Great turn for Katie Holmes as the quirky, and inept April.

Matchstick Men: 7 out of 10; Extremely entertaining with a twist that I wish never occurred. A nice change of pace for Ridley Scott from his usual slam bang epic action films. Watch it for Nicholas Cage's eccentric performance, Sam Rockwell's uncanny charm, and Alison Lohman's unbelievably authentic portrayal of a fourteen year old -- she's 24! in real life!!!!

Triplets of Belleville: 9 out of 10; What do you get when you mix a dog agitated by trains, a determined mother, and a child kidnapped by the french mafia: A bizzare, grotesque, charming, quaint, puzzling, baffling, fun, inspiring, creative, a wonderful, wonderful aberrattion that I really hope everyone goes to see. Please support this movie It's one of the best animated films ever made. It's like entering someones wicked imagination and realizing you never want to leave.
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I had wanted to see Matchstick Men in theaters, but never found the opportunity to go. I had been eagerly awaiting its DVD release, and after watching it last night, I am now glad I didn't see it in theaters.

Nicolas Cage is great again as the mentally disturbed con artist who discovers he has a 14 year old daughter. He was extremely convincing in his ticks and compulsions. Alison Lohman was great as well, and I'm excited to see her future in film. She has done some amazing work at a young age and I think we can expect her work to only get better. Sam Rockwell takes another step in the race to be my favorite character actor around. He really commands attention on screen.

My disappointment with the film lies in its twist ending. I was really enjoying the film, was highly entertained, until that manipulative ending. It is completely out of character from the rest of the film and ruined my experience. The film was running at a very light-hearted and fun pace, and then took this awkward turn. It was also way too obvious. Ridley Scott needs to take a lesson in the art of subtlety. And after that bad twist ending, we are catapulted into an even worse ending, one that couldn't be more cheesy if they tried. With an ending like that, it might as well have starred Rachel Leigh Cook or even worse, Britney Spears.

It's safe to say I didn't appreciate Ridley Scott's film, and what's even more I didn't care for his direction. His fast-forward film editing was unoriginal and annoying. He's done better work than this and I expected much more.

This is not a film I would recommend. The ending of a film can make it or break it. I think we all know what I thought this ending did. Easily a film that will, as Mike Tyson so expertly put it, "fade into bolivian". Pass on this one.
So here I am, on my day off....very sick. And I dont mean sick in the head like the guys who sing on the subway in NYC. I have had a huge sinus infection for the last few days, and now a stuffy nose to go with it, and that general tired feel. This sucks because I have an important work thing tomorrow. Well ok, its a party, but it would be very important to me. It's going to be a bunch of work people and some of them are downright cool. It would be really nice to be able to hang out with people from other departments and kind of deepen the camaradarie before summer hits and we're all overworked and stressed and at each other's throats. But the thing is, if I go out tomorrow night and I am not back at 100%, or even 80%, I could destroy my work week, which starts Friday. I will be miserable for 5 straight days until my next day off. It will also mean no party on Saturday. This guy Zack, boyfriend of Kyle's friend Alicia, is throwing a big bash. We met him last weekend and, despite the fact that he is military, he is pretty fuckin cool. Then there's the Academy Awards Sunday night. But I have been looking forward to this for weeks. I hope I either feel great or feel like absolute death tomorrow when I wake up, I want it to be totally cut-and-dried whether I should go out. I dont like choices.

On the girl front, Laurie from the Courtyard continues to be too busy to hang out. Damn I need to find a college girl who doesnt go to class.

I bought Matchstick Men and Pieces of April on Tuesday. Two of last year's best movies. I have seen April twice, it's just one of those movies you can watch over and over. I am actually watching Matchstick Men as I type this. Its about half over, and it is just as good as the last time I saw it, back in September.

Had an interesting conversation with Kevin today. Is there any other kind, he might ask....

So the Lord is going to have to forgive me for missing my first Ash Wednesday Mass since I was a baby. I went to bed today for a nap at around 1PM, and I did not wake up again until 630PM, effectively missing Mass. But in my defense, I have not eaten any meat today! Chicken soup at midnight tonight.


Nothing more, its just that kind of day


Matchstick Men is like a great trick a friend plays on you. You hate being the fool, but have to admire the ingenuity involved to fool you so well. The scam is always on, but never meaning to harm it would seem. I wouldn't dare ruin any of them because you'd miss the fun of figuring it out (or not). Director Ridley Scott is best known for big epics like Gladiator and Black Hawk Down, but he's quite comfortable here, letting the 3 main characters pull us in and bring us along for the ride.

Following an Oscar worthy performance in last year's Adaptation, Nicholas Cage returns with another admirable role, this one even more neurotic than the last. This time around he is Roy, a obsessive-compulsive clean freak who likes to do things in 3s and hates the outdoors. He's a con artist by day with his prot
i love crime films. many of my very favorite films often have some element of it in them. if you just look at my top ten movies list on the right, you'll see that most of them have some form of crime in them, whether it's about criminals or criminal acts. i also love the crime subgenres, in particular the heist film and the con man film.

Matchstick Men is not a straight con man movie though, it's actually something more like 3 different films. one part of it is obviously that it's about con men, and them conning people, but it's also a film about a man with some really bad personal problems, and it's a film about a father and a daughter. this makes for not only a very entertaining film, but also a very sweet, touching film as we see our main character get better once his newly-found daughter is in his life. the best parts in the movie is not the ones about the con, but the little moments where the father and daughter are bonding. the con element of the film is obviously very entertaining and such, but the most memorable scenes are those little scenes. those are the ones that make the film for me.

Nicolas Cage is just wonderful in this film. i'm so happy he's gotten back to doing more serious work after years of action films. if you ask me, this performance is only topped by the ones he gave in Leaving Las Vegas and Adaptation and he deserved an Oscar nomination for this one as well. just as wonderful is fresh-faced Alison Lohman playing his 14-year old daughter. she's just so good in this film, and if it were up to me i'd give her an Oscar nomination for this too. together they just have this great spark and it's such a joy to see them together. rounding out the main cast is the ever-reliable Sam Rockwell who does a good job here like he always does. it's not the biggest role, but he does a fine job with it.

the whole production is just a damn fine job. with Ridley Scott pulling the strings, you know you're getting a top-notch film in every sense of the word, and that's just as true here as it was in Black Hawk Down and Gladiator, even though it's not as flashy. the music, cinematography, editing, production design, etc. all work perfectly together to give this film a nice sense of style and look. the cinematography in particular, especially the lighting, is really something special.

one of the best films of 2003, and without a doubt the most underrated, Matchstick Men is a film i'd recommend to anyone, not just those who enjoy a good con man movie. it's very entertaining and it's got a lot more heart than you'd imagine.

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