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Moonlight, etc.

So ... anyone ever see the movie "The Conversation?" I'm betting the writers of "Moonlight" hoped you didn't as the plot last night was such a direct ripoff that I'd say Coppola has a good case for a lawsuit on his hands! I mean, not just the whole "bugging on the fly" scene but the sonic interference (here a bunch of Hare Krishnas, in the film, a steel drum band) that needs to be cleaned up. And the actual twist of who's gunning for whom and the moral dilemma facing the man in the middle, in this case, Mick. I mean, at least put some new twists in if you're copying the general concept!

But, I'm still loving Coraline. She IS Milady from The Three Musketeers, complete with fleur de lis.

Anyway, was that the last ep filmed pre-strike?

I rewatched The Departed on Thanksgiving... how is it exactly that Mark Wahlberg (and not Damon or Nicholson or Alec Baldwin) got a Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for this film?!



Nov. 25th, 2007 02:56 am (UTC)
You know, another complete film ripoff was Sawyer's flashback in The Long Con. That was House of Games in 20 minutes, which was a pretty good con-man film with Joe Mantegna. They didn't credit it and I wonder how they can get away with it too.
I couldn't even finish The Departed, which makes me wonder how I'll do on American Gangster and half a dozen other films that are organized-crime centered. I've seen too many DeNiro reruns I'm afraid.
Nov. 25th, 2007 07:07 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, I remember that film but I never thought of it in connection with Lost. You're right, it's another example of a long con, but I think that's really the only similarity. If Sawyer had employed a whole warehouse of employees in his scam, then I think that would be as direct a ripoff as this ep of Moonlight was of The Conversation!

And hmm, not a crime movie fan? ;) Those tend to be my faves. I have to say American Gangster was slow getting started but I did enjoy it. It's no GoodFellas, but I am glad I saw it.
Nov. 25th, 2007 05:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, well that's true, Sawyer didn't have a team behind him, but getting the "mark" to want to learn the con game, romancing her, and then getting her to want to contribute her money to get them out of a jam came out of the movie's plot. At least she didn't kill him in the end. :)


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