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Seen on the way back from lunch last week. Apologies for the poor quality of the image; it came from my iPhone camera, and my windshield is very dirty.



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tacit
Dec. 15th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
Have you ever seen the movie The Usual Suspects?
polylizzy
Dec. 15th, 2008 07:05 am (UTC)
nope, can't say as I have.

Might have to add it to the "watch" list for once I have income again.
tacit
Dec. 15th, 2008 02:32 pm (UTC)
You definitely should. It's a great movie.

Keyser Söze is a character in the movie--a ruthless underworld criminal who hides in the shadows, and who most people don't even believe is real. He's one of the most interesting characters in recent movie history.

The Wikipedia entry about the character is quite good:

Söze's past is unknown, but the story told by Verbal Kint (Kevin Spacey) has Söze beginning his criminal career in Turkey as a low-level drug dealer. The entity that is Keyser Söze is truly born, however, when rival smugglers working for the Hungarian mob invade his house while he is away, raping his wife and holding his children hostage. When Söze arrives they kill one of the children to show him their resolve. They then threaten to kill his wife and remaining children if he does not surrender his business to them. Rather than give in to their demands, he murders his loved ones and all but one of the Hungarians, whom he spares knowing that the survivor would tell the mafia what has transpired.

Söze then goes after the mob, killing dozens of people, including the mobsters' families, friends, and even people who owe them money, as well as destroying their homes and businesses. He then goes "underground", never again doing business in person and remaining invisible even to his henchmen, who almost never know for whom they are working. One of the most famous lines from the movie, spoken by Kint, is: "The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world that he didn't exist."

Söze's ruthlessness is legendary, having enemies and disloyal henchmen brutally murdered, along with everyone they hold dear, for the slightest infractions. Over the years his criminal empire, centered around the drug trade, flourishes, as does his legend; he becomes "a spook story that criminals tell their kids at night."


Edited to add: You definitely should not read the Wiki article until you see the movie. Major spoilers.

Edited at 2008-12-15 02:39 pm (UTC)
polylizzy
Dec. 15th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
I will add it to my list even though mobster type movies usually aren't what I look for. I'm always willing to try something new.

Oh and as for spoilers, hard to avoid them when you Cut and past them to my Inbox lol.

I think your punishment should be that you now have to watch the movie with me!(if only it were that easy)

(Was that sneaky? Too forward? lol)
tacit
Dec. 15th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
Hee! The part I cut and pasted isn't a spoiler at all (it's not even directly relevant to the movie's plot, but rather backstory that one character tells another.) Pity you're not local (are you?) or I'd be delighted to watch it with you!
polylizzy
Dec. 15th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
Nope I'm northern WI, travel to Chicago now and then but that's about as close as I get.

If your ever in Madison, WI or the twin cities in MN let me know, we can do lunch.