Thursday Movie Picks #49: Con Artist

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Welcome back to Thursday Movie Picks hosted by Wandering through the Shelves! As for this Thursday, I picked three movies with an umbrella theme: Con Artist. Yeah, that man who cheats or tricks others by persuading them to believe something that is not true.

As it might turn out, there are many legendary con artists out there. Their life and wit were so intriguing, therefore, everybody wants to retell their story in any medium. I guess there will a theme within theme on my picks this week. 

So, let me present you my picks.

01. American Hustle (2013)

David O. Russell’s biggest loser in Oscars is a sporadic take on con-artistry. Loosely based on actual ABSCAM a.k.a. Arab scam scandal emerged during the late 1970s until early 1980s. Instead of the adorable hair-do by its main characters, American Hustle is still an intriguing con artist drama I’ve ever seen. Not only because it’s involving a couple of scammer and federal agent in a setup full of clever dialogues, it really has a chemistry with its character. It’s everyone’s darling before the Oscar came nowhere.

02. The Wolf of Wallstreet (2013)

The one and only Jordan Belfort, as a real-life figure, was a perfect con artist until he got arrested. Same as Leonardo DiCaprio: he’s the best Oscar contender that year before he lose it to Chiwetel Ejiofor. The Wolf of Wallstreet, though, is still a very exuberantly filthy side of glamour by Martin Scorsese.

03. Catch Me If You Can (2002)

It’s another failed Oscar attempt by DiCaprio, although this one is also very close to it. DiCaprio is another real-life figure, Frank Abagnale Jr.—a doctor, a lawyer, and a co-pilot, but most essentially, a con artist. His life was an ace until Carl Hanratty a.k.a. Tom Hanks comes to catch him.


That’s a wrap. Hit the comment button if you have something to say.

9 responses to “Thursday Movie Picks #49: Con Artist”

  1. joelnox Avatar
    joelnox

    Of your three my favorite, and it looks like the title of the week, is Catch Me If You Can. Such a fun cat and mouse game brilliantly played by both Leo and Tom Hanks.

    I liked American Hustle well enough but it didn’t stay with me and I’ve yet to see The Wolf of Wall Street.

    1. Paskalis Damar AK Avatar
      Paskalis Damar AK

      Indeed Catch Me if You Can is a very enticing hide and seek with “role”, agree with you!
      I can see your point about American Hustle, tho.

  2. Brittani Avatar
    Brittani

    Nice! I also picked American Hustle and Wolf of Wall Street. I love both of those films so much.

    1. Paskalis Damar AK Avatar
      Paskalis Damar AK

      They’re lovable, despite their Oscar failure…

  3. Wendell Avatar
    Wendell

    Really like American Hustle and LOVE The Wolf of Wall Street. Great picks. I think Leo should’ve won for that one, but that’s just me.

    1. Paskalis Damar AK Avatar
      Paskalis Damar AK

      I’m with you on that. Really amazed by American Hustle and The Wolf of Wallstreet…

  4. Birgit Avatar
    Birgit

    I really enjoyed Catch Me If You Can-clever styling to bring back the early 60’s. I enjoyed the music and fashion( believe it or not since I grew up on 70’s fashion). but not much for the movie. I was not much for Wolf of Wall St. even though parts were funny. I realize I am not much for Jonah Hill. Something about him I don’t like

    1. Paskalis Damar AK Avatar
      Paskalis Damar AK

      True that! Catch Me If You Can is so much adorable… But I can see why you’re not into the movie. Same as The Wolf of Wallstreet…

  5. Kevin Avatar
    Kevin

    Love all three of these. Great picks!

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