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Swindled Review


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I love me a good con man movie. I love 'em right up. And while Spanish director Miguel Bardem's Swindled has most of the elements you need to create a movie that earns the film's title, it still doesn't reach the rarified air of classics like House of Games or even near-classics like Nine Queens, another Spanish-language con game that had you guessing until the final scene.

Start with the good: The first of two exciting stars, the elder statesman of Spanish cinema, Federico Luppi (Cronos), as the elder statesman of the Spanish con game. Happenstance brings him Ernesto (Ernesto Alterio), a small-time crook who joins with Federico to pull off the heist of their lives. The musky Victoria Abril, Federico's (improbable) ex-lover and the other highlight of the movie, stumbles into the scene with even bigger ideas. Before long they've concocted a scam that could net them millions.

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Not Love Just Frenzy Review


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Apparently there comes a time in an urban twenty-something's life when the mere sight of men dressed up in drag, singing in campy falsettos, is enough to strike up the rebel spirit. If it's that time for you, don't hesitate to drop seven bucks on Not Love Just Frenzy.

Películas Frenéticas, the collective pseudonym for the three directors (Alfonso Albacete, Miguel Bardem and David Menkes) responsible for this picture, bring us a frantic, Chasing Amy-esque tale of seven young hipsters rampaging through Madrid on a coke-charged humping spree. There's Max (Nancho Novo) the possibly homicidal gigolo, Monica (Cayetana Guillen Cuervo) the nymphomaniac bartender-come-actress, Yeye (Ingrid Rubio) the innocent idealist, Maria (Beatriz Santiago) the lonely hepcat, Alberto (Gustavo Salmeron) the artistic and adventuresome homosexual-whose-mother-doesn't-know, Alex (Javier Albala) the ambiguous bisexual who complicates Alberto's life, David (Liberto Rabal) the straight cokehead Alberto lusts after, Luis (Javier Manrique) the cop on Max's six, and three drag queens thrown in for street cred. If this all sounds complex, it isn't.

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