Last night I saw Confidence, yet another heist picture. This one has Edward Burns (as "the brains"), Rachel Weisz (as "the chick who falls for the brains"), Donal Logue (as "a cop on the take"), Andy Garcia (as "the guy whose allegiance is unclear til the end"), Dustin Hoffman (as "the madman") and Franky G (as "the guy who works for the madman").
These things are becoming too similar. This one has some nice effects with cuts and fades, especially when Ed Burns is telling the rest of the gang how their scheme will go. But, to give you an idea of how repetitive these heist flicks are getting, Andy Garcia was in Ocean's 11, and Franky G is in The Italian Job.
Raising Victor Vargas, on the other hand, was a very nice surprise. Acted almost entirely by first-time actors (most of whom have the same names as the characters they portray), it's a fascinating glimpse into the intricate dating rituals of the Lower East Side. It's wonderful. People act like real people, and they have zits and scars and unsightly facial hair. It's almost like watching a docco or a home movie.
My favourite scene: Victor finds a quarter on the ground while on a date with Judy, the girl he's trying to impress. He picks up the quarter, and ushers Judy into a nearby corner store, where he grandly gestures to a bank of vending machines and tells her to take her choice.
She picks the Homies machine, and gets Willie G, who is in a wheelchair. She's disappointed, because he's in a wheelchair, but Victor tells her he's "the best one, because he's the Homie with wheels."