Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Quick Movie Reviews: Midnight Cowboy, Nine Queens

Midnight Cowboy

Directed by John Schlesinger. Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman earn their keep in this touching 1969 movie about life in the big bad city. Joe Buck (Jon Voight) leaves small town America, journeying to New York city with big dreams, and ends up in poverty. He meets and teams up with Ratso (Dustin Hoffman), and together they try to make the best of what they have.

An interesting clash of personalities. Voight is the overconfident but clueless out-of-towner cowboy. Hoffman is the out-of-luck loser/small time hustler, but a NY veteran one at that, always looking to make a quick buck. What they have in common is a need to survive, to do something to get their next meal.

Nine Queens

A 2000 Argentinian movie by Fabian Bielinsky. A story about two conmen - a young gun and a middle aged experienced one - who try to rip off a rich man with a fondness for rare stamps. The entire story takes place in a day, with the two protagonists meeting, teaming up, and then going through fraudster hell, a series of successes and mishaps, ups and downs, to get their hands on the prize money. Very enjoyable, with constant twists and turns, and a surprise ending.

Do you have any thoughts about these movies that you'd like to share?



Roshmi Sinha said...

Will try to watch them... sometime.

PS: 'The Score' starring Robert DeNiro, Edward Norton and Marlon Brando... too is a fairly good thriller that is worth seeing.

Daniel D'Mello said...

Funny thing with The Score..I only managed to catch the ending, and so missed what I imagine was a good build up.

Roshmi Sinha said...

Try and watch it... without thinking of the ending, that is :)

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