Friday, January 22, 2010

Friday Movie - The Maiden Heist

Friday morning workouts are hard.

By Friday, I'm tired from a week of work and from a week of working out. When the alarm went off at 4 am today I was sorely tempted to roll over, pull the covers over my head and refuse to get out of bed until a decent hour – like 7 . . . or 10! But no such luck. We have plans this evening (it is bonfire Friday night in the neighborhood), so if we didn't get the workout done this morning, it wasn't going to happen at all.

Phil was moving pretty slow on the way down to the pain cave, too. Our lack of enthusiasm was palpable. Heart rate monitors were slowly strapped on. Shoes were donned. Water bottles filled. When we could stall no longer, we got on the bikes and started to warm up. 

I  fired up the DVD player . . . and our enthusiasm kicked up several notches.

THE MAIDEN HEIST gives us the most endearing characters ever to commit grand larceny: three museum security guards who live lives of quiet captivation, each enraptured by a particular work of art.
Roger (Christopher Walken), Charles (Morgan Freeman) and George (William H. Macy) are each so lost in fascination with the particular objet d’art of his affection that although they have been coworkers for decades, they only just meet for the first time when crisis strikes: there’s a new curator in town, and his plan is to change the museum’s collection entirely, threatening to rob each man of his greatest secret passion in life.
However, having found their kindred spirits, the men forge a plan to hold onto the works of art they hold most dear. Though hardly criminal masterminds, their inflamed hearts drive them to plan and execute the most daring art heist ever conceived from the inside – with amusing results!

We really enjoyed this movie. Another small, very entertaining independent film with engaging characters and an interesting story. I highly recommend it. [A little behind the scenes info about the film from NPR if you are interested.]

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