Top 5 Con Artist Films

Anderson and Bryan talk about the TOP 5 CON ARTIST FILMS.  Hear about 10 great movies centered around the sly and deceitful.  Followed as usual by another gamble on this week’s theatrical release.

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Featured Artist: Jésus And The Rabbis

Click here for a list of films discussed in this episode.



24 thoughts on “Top 5 Con Artist Films

  1. Yup, this is a comment 4 months late but I know Logan will read this and that’s all I care about. Dude, I don’t understand how Anderson gets confused with ‘heist’ and ‘con.’ I’m certain that he’s not stupid. He’s even smarter than most of us. But it annoys me that he thinks The Spanish Prisoner is a heist film. Can you, Logan, please explain to him the difference between a heist and a con. You’re half Asian so you’re qualified to teach anyone about a thing or two.


    Posted by thedandyman | January 9, 2013, 10:32 AM
  2. I love it when Anderson immitates Bryan-my stomach hurts laughing so much!


    Posted by Elle | November 14, 2012, 4:28 PM
  3. Would “Following” qualify to be on the list?


    Posted by Vladimir | September 20, 2012, 3:01 PM
  4. just watched Matchstick Men….


    ……………………..No. Seriously?


    Posted by Michael P. Gowdy | September 13, 2012, 12:09 PM
  5. Missed my favorite completely. Not even an honorable mention?

    The Brothers Bloom

    I’d round out my list with:
    The Sting
    Catch Me if You Can
    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
    The Producers (the old one. haven’t seen the remake)


    Posted by J. Tanner | September 12, 2012, 9:59 AM
  6. Missed my favorite completely. Note even an honorable mention?

    The Brothers Bloom

    I’d round out my list with:

    The Sting
    Catch Me if You Can
    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
    The Producers (the old one. haven’t seen the remake)


    Posted by J. | September 11, 2012, 7:15 PM
  7. I do get how she’s cheating the bookie by turning in losing tickets that she didn’t buy, that part is not too confusing. How the bookie is profiting from this is strange.

    So the bookie spends a bunch of money to change the odds from 70:1 (the horse that made him burn her hand paid at 70:1) to 10:1 to protect himself from a catastrophic loss. But, if someone bet with the bookie at 70:1 BEFORE Angelica placed the bets and lowered the odds, then the bookie is paying that guy 70:1 no matter what the odds were later, at the start of the race. The only thing I can imagine is someone calls the bookie and says, I want $100 grand on the 70:1 horse. The bookie takes the bet, calls Angelica to raise the odds to 10:1, then calls the better back to tell him tough luck, your bet is only 10:1. Presumably, this cost him less than 7 million (what he would have to pay out if the 70:1 horse won at those odds), but who would bet with a bookie that changes the odds on you after you place a bet?


    Posted by zen | September 10, 2012, 4:28 PM
    • Bets on horse races always pay off at track odds at the time of th race whether you are at the track or at an OTB site. Thats dufferent from sports bets that pay off at the odds when you made the bet.


      Posted by Pete Cowles | September 10, 2012, 4:59 PM
      • If that’s how it works, then it makes more sense. In that case, do people place bets way before the race starts? It would make sense to wait until the last possible second in case the odds change so you know what you’re getting into.


        Posted by zen | September 11, 2012, 11:02 AM
  8. There were two movies that I feel are glaring misses: Confidence and Lucky Number Slevin.

    You even mentioned Confidence, which is a fantastic film with a nice collection of actors playing against type (even the aformentioned Dustin Hoffman as the villian). Great film, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.

    Also, I’ve never heard either of you mention Lucky Number Slevin, which has great ensamble cast and is an altogether great movie. I’d be surpised if you’ve never seen either of these.


    Posted by jimmyb | September 10, 2012, 12:53 PM
  9. Anderson spoke of The Spanish Prisoner on 03/10/09 (Top 5 Twists) and Top 5 Bad Movies with Good Endings (6/24/11). It’s now on my must-see list.


    Posted by Sarah | September 10, 2012, 5:27 AM
  10. I can’t tell you how much enjoyment I get from your podcast. A glass of red, a cigar and the understated, seemingly unintentional yet talented ‘evereyman’ appeal of your podcast get me through a lot of the drudgery of everyday existance… Bravo!


    Posted by cmoe | September 8, 2012, 7:30 PM
  11. Anderson is as cool as AIDS.

    Peace and Love.


    Posted by David | September 8, 2012, 5:41 PM
  12. THE GRIFTERS is based on the 1963 novel by “Big” Jim Thompson, which could explain the anachronisms simply as lazy adaptation technique. (I think the book is far better, by the way.)

    PROJECT X was originally just the placeholder title, but after generating so much buzz over its “mysterious” nature, it was kept. (And it actually IS mentioned in the film, when the character Costa uses it in a throwaway line during the first scene: “This is PROJECT X,” or something.)

    SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION should be filed (along with THREE COLORS: RED, from a few weeks ago) under the “Pleasant Surprises From Bryan’s List” category. I love that film.


    Posted by AAAutin | September 7, 2012, 9:15 PM
  13. How can Grifters get such a bad rap from both you guys? It is on of my faves. Cusack’s best purely dramatic role.

    To answer your technical question about the Angelica Huston character’s job at the track. She works for a booky in Jersey who runs an illegal OTB for tracks around the country. All the bets in the horse races pay off at track odds. Her job is to go around to all the tracks on the west coast and place bets on the longshots to bring down the track odds so that they don’t have to pay off as big. She then submits all her bet slips for reimbursement later from the booky. Her scam is that she takes lost bet stubs that other gamblers leave at the track after their horse doesn’t come in.

    The main incident at the beginning of the movie is when she takes her son (cusack) to the hospital instead of going to the track. Then when she is on her way back to Santa Anita, a huge longshot comes in. Now she is in Dutch with the Jersey mob and needs money from cusack to get out.

    I hope that makes it easier to follow and maybe a better movie.


    Posted by Pete Cowles | September 7, 2012, 8:07 PM
  14. WESTERNS! Please. Maybe when/after/before Django comes out?


    Posted by Ropin' | September 7, 2012, 1:44 PM
  15. WHAAAAATTTT, how dare you Anderson, calling Princess Mononoke shit! This is easily the best Myazaki film (the same director of Spirited Away since you love that movie). I wish I could gamble with you so I could force you to watch it.


    Posted by Drew | September 7, 2012, 12:31 PM
  16. I haven’t listened to the episode yet. I just scanned the list of films…..
    “The Usual Suspects” isn’t on it.


    Posted by Michael P. Gowdy | September 7, 2012, 7:54 AM
  17. Will listen today, hope to hear Joe Mantenga in the superb “House of Games” by David Mamet


    Posted by Jones | September 7, 2012, 5:53 AM

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