And yes, No. 1 is a surprise

The 5 greatest con man (and woman) movies of all time

Last week, we provided the five best gambling movies of all time. We put together a specific set of criteria. This week we delve into con movies. While there is overlap with gambling and other genres, these are movies specifically based on con men (or women) or one big con. A movie like Trading Places has con elements, but it is not the key driving point of the plot. It is a comedy that leads to a con. Movies like that, while great, do not make our list. That would include Wall Street as well as Wolf of Wall Street. So with that specific criteria in mind, here are the top 5:

5) Oceans 11 (2001)

The original was pretty good, but the George Clooney/Brad Pitt remake is solid gold. While it could technically be considered a heist movie, the entire heist is set up by a long set of cons that creates the final plot. The acting is terrific, the story moves fast, and it features some really clever cons along the way, all designed to rip off Andy Garcia's character.

4) Catch Me If You Can (2002) 

Based on a true story, the real gift of this movie is the acting and exchanges between Tom Hanks and Leo DiCaprio, who plays a young check/forger con man who is incredibly brilliant and fills several fake roles, including doctor and airline pilot. DiCaprio is believable, clever, and constantly stays one step ahead of Hanks. A very enjoyable film.

3) Grifters (1990)

An absolute gem featuring John Cusack and Annette Benning, Cusack is a small-time grifter who winds up embroiled between Benning, his love interest, and his grifter mother, Anjelica Houston. He is talented but flawed, and those flaws wind up biting him in the end. If you watch the scene where Benning is naked and tells her landlord "the money or the lady" and aren't, um, moved, well you don't like nudity.

2) The Sting (1973) 

An all-time classic with Paul Newman and Robert Redford, this has been the gold standard for a long time. The acting is off the charts, and the twists and turns along the way make for a roller coaster ride. The original con movie won seven Oscars, including best picture, and still holds up today. It is too easy to make it No. 1 on the list. However...

1) Diggstown (1992)

Some might consider it blasphemy to put anything over The Sting, but if you have ever seen it, you will understand why. James Woods, Louis Gossett, Jr. and Oliver Platt set up a long con that involves boxing. (Because of that, some have tried to classify it as a sports movie, but it really is about the con). Pay attention to what happens early in the movie, because it sets up a dynamic finish. A young Heather Graham only adds to a terrific storyline, and vintage Bruce Dern as the mark - and a con man in his own right who tries to outdo Woods at every turn - is well worth your time. A terrific, fun movie you can watch time and time again.

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GOOD DEED OF THE DAY

Father's Day is this weekend. Family can be a confusing thing, with ups and downs and twists and turns and sometimes you're mad at someone and sometimes you're not. Sometimes it's just been too long and now you're not talking to the person you meant to. Family can be confusing, but it's family and there's nothing like it. Some people can't be with their loved ones for various reasons and some people will never be with their loved ones, so if you see your family or if you can see your family, then go see your family. Tell your Dad happy Father's Day. #NerdsUnite

ARE WE DONE YET?

So I'm a huge nerd, I love me some pop culture. Seriously, I love all things nerdy. I love a great movie about wizards or super heroes or dinosaurs or robots or super heroes, I don't care, love it all. Can I tell you what I don't like though? Fan Theories. Some of them are neat and all, and sometimes one comes out that's really fun, but most of the time they are just such silly nonsense. There's one going around about Endgame where the reason Strange doesn't say if this is the right time line or not is because he knows if he says something they'll lose. No Duh. If Tony knows they might win he'll keep waiting for something to happen and he won't be able to stop Thanos in time. This didn't need to be said, this isn't even a fan theory, it's implied by them winning. There isn't any need to then say, he couldn't tell him or it wouldn't happen. OBVIOUSLY. Tony you die but we win, oh wait, now you don't die and we lose… oops. Seriously? That's a fan theory? Are you sure that isn't just a fan watching the movie? Come on.

ANOTHER SHARK MOVIE

So apparently they're making a sequel to 47 Meters Down. Because the world demanded it? No honestly I think it was a relatively cheap movie to make (around $5 million) and brought in good money (making over $62 million), which is every movie's goal. Mandy Moore is enjoying a great moment thanks to This Is Us and the movie was wisely marketed just enough to get on people's radars and it made everyone a good payday. This second movie features more angry sharks and hot girls in bathing suits, this time they find a sunken city and begin exploring it and find a shark in it with them. That's kind of a cool idea except for the whole, a shark has to eat a lot of food, ssssooo what was it eating first? Anyway, marine biologists tell you that sharks are good and people are their friends and they don't eat people but my eyes say, they'd eat me if they could.

Seriously?

File this one under, "stupid" but London is having to ask people to not pour concrete down sewage pipes. There is currently a blockage the weight of a blue whale and a football field in length deep in the Victorian era portion of the sewers that is made of concrete. Apparently people regularly pour concrete down their drains? I'm not sure what the logic of that is, but there it goes. Deep down the waste hole and no one ever finds it again, oh wait. Yes they definitely do. It's going to take months to chip away at this thing and will require trucks to constantly pump away the raw waste so as to not drown the workers. What exactly was the thought process with people on this one? They literally just poured concrete down the drains, I honestly don't know what to make of that.

NOT THAT YOU ASKED

Jon Stewart's moment on Capitol Hill yesterday was beautiful and amazing and no one in congress saw it. Five of the 14 members of the House Judiciary subcommittee were there for the speech, the rest couldn't be bothered to listen to him speak up on behalf of 9/11 first responders. 9/11, remember "Never Forget", remember how patriotic everyone got? Remember how everyone hugs flags and respects soldiers and everything we all do is patriotic? How dare that quarterback take a knee! This is service, this is patriotism, there was no lower moment in recent American history and yet only 5 of the 14 members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee saw fit to be there for the first responders. FIVE. That's a shame, Houston's Sheila Jackson Lee was one of the members who skipped as well as Veronica Escobar, Sylvia Garcia and Louie Gohmert all while representing Texas, that's a shame.

I'm going to jump out and wish you guys a great Wednesday and remind everyone to be kind to each other and try a little harder to have a great day! I'm coming back Thursday and we'll be bringing more good times your way. Feel free to check out my digital short story The Wilson House or buy a shirt from Side Hustle Ts where some proceeds help fight cancer or listen to Nerd Thug Radio. Thoughts, complaints, events and comments can be sent to corydlg@gmail.com.

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