- "Tricks of the Trade" a three-part, intimate day-to-day account of the filmmaking process with director Ridley Scott
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A con artist with phobias and his partner are in the middle of a big swindle when the con artist's teenage daughter shows up uninvited.
Genre: Feature Film-Comedy
Release Date: 7-JUN-2005
Media Type: DVD
Future filmmakers (and probably some current ones) could learn a lot from the 72-minute "Tricks of the Trade," which follows director Ridley Scott from pre-production through test screenings. The viewer is a fly on the wall as Scott partakes in location meetings, costume fittings, music-scoring sessions, and the like; everyone is as at ease as the director with a camera crew follows their every move. "Tricks" has all the usual DVD extras--interview segments, deleted scenes, ego-massaging--but documentary filmmaker Charles de Lauzirika is so smart in incorporating these elements, his final result is one of most deft--and most entertaining--DVD extras in the format's young history. --Doug Thomas
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I really like the feel of this film. It's soundtrack features Sinatra and other smooth tunes that I enjoyed a lot. This is not a pulse-pounder or adrenaline junkie film, but there are a few tense moments. It's more about Roy's own conscience driving him to be a better man, although he definitely needs help in getting there.
I really enjoy this film more and more every time I watch it. If you're a fan of crime movies and like a comedic twist to the story along with good character development, this film is definitely for you. Included is a nice little "making of" featurette.
The fun thing about con artist movies is that you get to be taken along with a crew as they mastermind and orchestrate some elaborate string of deception that ultimately results in a big payday. Most of us wish we could pull something like that off, but in reality, we’re not con men, we’re just marks -- which is why I love these types of movies, they’re pure wish fulfillment.
However, in a lot of recent con movies, the viewers are no longer being allowed to follow the exploits of the con artists, they’re merely being shown an incomplete series of events -- just so the filmmakers can have a big reveal at the end and say, “We got you!” Instead of being part of the crew, the viewer is now just another mark. Because the characters are actually deceiving the viewer, it makes them unsympathetic, and in the end, you don’t really care about what happens to them. You watch the movie not for fun, but to see if you can figure out the con within the con. It undermines the entire point of going to see a con movie.
That’s why Matchstick Men is so cool. Yes, several cons do take place during the course of the movie, but the story is really about the characters, not that ultimate big payday. Then, when the big reveal comes at the end of the movie, you actually share in the character’s emotional plight rather than hating him. It’s perfectly orchestrated and totally logical. And that’s why a truly great con works, because it gets you so caught up in emotion that you forget to think -- not by deleting scenes and holding back pieces of the story.
Then along comes not only Roy's long lost daughter (Alison Lohman should have been nominated for her portrayal as the coy, callow, Angela), but the chance for one hell of a big time con.
I won't give away details, but suffice it to say, nothing is as it seems. With a tight script, top notch acting, and agile directing by Ridley Scott, Matchstick Men is a delight.
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