• jonbonraki

    ★★★½ Watched by jonbonraki 21 Nov, 2014

    NOIR NOVEMBER 27

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  • lobsta

    ★★★½ Watched by lobsta 21 Nov, 2014

    Noir-vember #19

    There's a lot to like about The Grifters, the story runs along never boring and characters are as diverse as they are colourful. I really like the beginning in particular with the establishment of the characters and the 'rules' of grifting. Anjelica Huston and Annette Bening as others have mentioned are the strongest elements of the film where despite their intentional similarities they are as interesting and distinct as can be. The early beginnings had a Soldeberghs oceans…

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  • Francisco Rosa

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Francisco Rosa 08 Nov, 2014

    Certainly one of my favourite neo-noirs, The grifters is not only a mix of many elements that make for great Noir, but also throws in a (un)healthy dose of oedipus complex for good measure. Solid performances by all, especially the two female leads who sizzle on screen. Almost 25 years since it's release, The Grifters stands the test of time.

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  • Aaron

    ★★★★★ Added by Aaron 11

    Part of Noir-November

    “You wouldn’t do that.” “You don’t know what I’d do—you have no idea—to live.”

    The word “grift” originated in the early twentieth century as an amalgam of “graft” and “drift,” a way to describe those itinerant conmen who followed the era's traveling circuses and sideshows swindling folks out of a buck or two. It’s a perfect word, really—descriptive and textured, with hints of both hard work and dishonesty, a combination of attraction and repulsion that any con…

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  • Wilson

    ★★★½ Rewatched by Wilson 26 Oct, 2014

    The Grifters is a film blessed with two sublime female performances. Anjelica Huston and Annette Bening are absolutely superb. They are easily the best aspect of the film and light up every scene, the decision to make them almost mirror images just underlines the combined brilliance. Unfortunately, The Grifters was not helmed by a director who had quite the right grasp of tone to adapt the ice-cold Jim Thompson novel of the same name. I am a huge fan of…

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  • alphonse

    ★★★½ Watched by alphonse 19 Oct, 2014 2

    The Grifters is a neo-noir film directed by Stephen Frears and produced by Martin Scorsese that tells the story of Roy Dillon, a con man who's stuggling to balance his relationship with his girlfriend and with his mother, who hate each other. It's a very fresh take on the 'con artist' genre (if that exists) because Stephen Frears' film never gets dull and the director provides us a well told story, compelling dialogue and likeable characters.

    Stephen Frears' film has…

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  • Joe DiCanio

    ★★ Watched by Joe DiCanio 02 Mar, 2014

    Rating: C-

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  • Bill Shannon

    ★★★★½ Added by Bill Shannon

    A magnificent modern noir tale about the complex dynamics between three confidence tricksters: a hardened pro, her small-time son, and a seductive temptress looking for One Last Score.

    Huston, Cusack and Bening are all terrific and turn what could have been a detached paint-by-numbers noir film into something exciting and tense. Add an incestuous subtext and unexpected twists and turns, and you've got the gold standard of '90s noir. The scams are a lot of fun, and the characters delightfully sleazy.

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  • Brakywaki

    ★★★½ Added by Brakywaki

    I love when great actors get together and do their great acting thing, but holy hell that ending is the cinematic equivalent of someone shitting on your coffee table during an otherwise rather enjoyable party.

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  • Robert Saucedo

    ★★★½ Watched by Robert Saucedo 30 Aug, 2014

    Wonderful blend of uncomfortable comedy, stark reality and heightened reality. John Cusack really grew into his face over the years.

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  • Jack

    ★★★½ Watched by Jack 16 Jul, 2014

    What a shitty, awful bunch of people! A typically good film by Stephen Frears, though, who very rarely makes the same kind of film twice. Whilst this means he has pretty much no identifiable directorial sensibility, he's always full of surprises - it's hard to imagine that this nasty Scorsese produced/inflected neo-noir was directed by the same dude who would later turn his workmanlike hand, within a few years, to the pedestrian The Queen, the solid Philomena and the outright…

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  • Zack Ford

    ★★★½ Watched by Zack Ford 04 Jul, 2014 2

    Thoughts about The Grifters

    - The first scene has the screen split into three shots so you get to see the motions of each of the three “grifter” characters. This got me excited. I thought this movie is really going to put me behind the scenes into the art of grifting. I’m going to see how it’s done. Not only is this the only moment that a split screen is used to follow all the characters at once, there isn’t…

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