Wednesday, December 28, 2005

The Sting

I like movies that includes as many of the following as possible:
attractive and smart men
card games
gambling
stealing
trickery
a minimum of violence
a moderate amount of action
attractive and smart women
a fling or affair


Movies that fit this description:
Ocean's 11
The Thomas Crown Affair
Maverick
Guys and Dolls
The Godfather
The Sting
(The Italian Job would also be on my list, but I don't like any of the stars in that one. Sorry, Marky Mark doesn't do it for me, and Charlize isn't my type.)


I like other kinds of movies too, but that's one genre that is pretty much guaranteed for me.

So I watched The Sting tonight, and it was good. I didn't realize how hot Robert Redford is/was. But with a smirk and a fedora, he makes me melt. I especially love the way he runs from the bad guys (who are trying to shoot him): he unbottons his pinstripe suit coat, revealing the vest underneath and the pleats in the front of his pants, and holds one hand to his head, to keep his fedora from falling off as he runs.

Even more surprising, Paul Newman isn't bad, either.

4 comments:

  1. I might have to watch "The Sting" just to see that moment. I love a man who can handle his clothing.

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  2. Hmm, I saw Rounders, and it didn't do much for me. I'm going to have to play the actors card again. Matt Damon and Ed Norton aren't my thing (I'm much more of a Brad Pitt, George Clooney girl), and I don't even know who the girl in that was.

    As for the Redford clothing in The Sting, there are several running scenes, and they're all good. Another good one is at the beginning, he just lost a bet on a fixed roulette game: he pushes his cap forward from the back, and looks down his nose (skeptically) at the dealer(?). It's hot.

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  3. Re: Rounders- the girl in it was Gretchen Mol, who for a year or so was Hollywood's rising "it" girl. She was everything but anointed as the next Grace Kelly (kind of like Rachel McAdams right now.) Then came a fateful too-scandalous _Vanity Fair_ cover, and she was lost to the mists of time. Her place as blonde kewpie doll was basically taken by Charlize Theron, who you mentioned isn't your type anyway.

    What's great about Rounders for me is that it features Martin Landau, John Turturro, and John Malkovich as supporting actors. Combined with Norton, it's quite a stable lined up to distract one from the fact that Matt Damon is, well, Matt Damon.

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