Slippery customers, movie tricksters. This weekend's Will Smith effort Focus recalls some of the devious, duplicitious, skulldugger-ing shenanigans from movies of yore. They're executed by men and women with shark-like eyes and fingers so light they'd float away if they weren't attached to hands. From Mr. Ocean's larcenous mob who want to knock off a few casinos in Ocean's Eleven to Danny and Peachy who want to half-inch an entire country in The Man Who Would Be King, as well as long cons like The Spanish Prisoners to the short schemes played out by The Grifters, they've used techniques old, new and entirely improvised. Here are 21 of our favourites.
Our language, much like everything these days, has been hacked. Fuzzy, contentious, and complex ideas have been stripped of their subversive connotations and replaced by cleaner, shinier, and emptier alternatives; long-running debates about politics, rights, and freedoms have been recast in the seemingly natural language of economics, innovation, and efficiency. Complexity, as it turns out, is not particularly viral. Fortunately, Silicon Valley, that never-drying well of shoddy concepts and dubious paradigms—from wiki-everything to i-something, from e-nothing to open-anything—is ready to help. This is not to deny that many of our latest gadgets and apps are fantastic.
Charlotte Cotton: The Hustlers series brought the first art- world attention to your way of staging photographs. How was this series created? Philip-Lorca diCorcia : It was made over the course of a couple of years, on five or six trips. The meter was ticking all the time, and I had to be very efficient and try to get as much done as possible.
It was released on July 22, Terrence Howard stars as a Memphis hustler and pimp who faces his aspiration to become a rapper. Howard was nominated for Best Actor. DJay Terrence Howard is a pimp and drug dealer who is dissatisfied with his life.