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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 30 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 6/22/2018

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  10:19 AM

If I have one favorite genre of movie, it's probably the heist movie and its kissin' cousin, the con movie. There's something uniquely satisfying about the clever plot and the inevitable final twist that makes for a fine movie-viewing experience.

In the last year or so, on the few occasions I've gone into a (bleah) video rental place, I've come to realize that in many cases, it's as cheap to buy a used-I-mean-previously-viewed movie as it is to rent one. So I began a gradual process of accreting a collection of these con-n-heist movies. I have also discovered that I will, contrary to a previous belief of mine, re-watch a movie on DVD, given sufficient time between viewings.

I've been maintaining a list of movies that I keep a lookout for in case I run across DVDs for sale. The list is progressing nicely, but I'm always interested to hear about (or be reminded about) movies that I should add.

Here's my list. A plus sign means that I've gotten it. A question mark means I haven't seen it, but it's been recommended. An @-sign means it's been recommended in a comment.


Anyway, you get the flavor. What would you add?

As an aside, I've also discovered or decided or whatever that in this genre of movies, I like Robert DeNiro and Bruce Willis as actors (Clive Owne, too, maybe) and of course Guy Ritchie and his ilk as director. However, my sample size might be too small to make that into a blanket statement.

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