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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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When the Sun-Times appointed me film critic, I hadn't taken a single film course. One of the reasons I started teaching was to teach myself.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 12/9/2018

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  08:04 AM

I am able to sporadically add to my collection of heist, con, and caper movies, and recently scored two: L4yer Cake and The Long Good Friday. We watched them back to back, which highlighted some interesting symmetries.

"L4yer Cake" was a starring vehicle for Daniel Craig, who would very soon thereafter go on to be the next James Bond. As it turns out, "The Long Good Friday" was the first movie for Pierce Brosnan, who doesn't say anything but starts off his movie career by playing an assassin, heh.

But the interesting part is that they're basically the same plot. A guy has lived a life of crime and gotten things shipshape. He's now ready to retire and go legit. Just as he's about to do that, tho, something happens. In "Layer Cake," Daniel Craig is asked to do one more little job that, mmm, does not go well. "In The Long Good Friday," a little incident in a remote corner of Bob Hoskin's crime empire turns out to have very big effects. Both men are up against forces that they don't fully understand till somewhat late in the movie. In both cases, they make gut decisions along the way about how to handle things. And in both cases, those are probably not the right decisions to have made.

And both movies have lots of funny Cockney accents. :-)

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