At the movies: A Priceless Printing Caper


Thanks to the prolific Weinstein Company and Sony Pictures, there’s a bright spot in our snowy, slushy cabin-fever winter of 2014. It’s the indie film The Art of the Steal, now offered on Amazon Digital and maybe also by your local cable provider before it hits theaters in March. The Guru gives it two thumbs up!

This movie has everything the Guru loves:

  • a motorcycle chase that involves stairways, subways and a tanker truck
  • resourcefulness
  • hilarity
  • plot twists
  • and a crime caper centered around a priceless PRINTED artifact
  • did we mention the whole motorcycle thing?

aos1Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell), an aging, third-rate motorcycle daredevil and semi-reformed art thief, agrees to get back into the con game and pull off one final lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother, Nicky (Matt Dillon). He re-assembles his old team, which includes stellar turns by Terence Stamp as the mastermind emeritus of the group, Jay Barouchel as the apprentice, and the hilarious Chris Diamontopolous (of Showtime’s Episodes) as a French art forger.

aos5Crunch comes up with a plan to steal a priceless historical book, supposedly the second book to come off the printing press that changed history,  Johannes Gutenberg’s amazing invention that changed the world: the moveable type press. For print-lovers such as ourselves, to have a film based on Gutenberg’s work instead of something like the Crown Jewels or the Mona Lisa is super-satisfying. In fact there’s a line the film about this being “the Mona Lisa of books.” Woo-hoo! It is estimated that before Gutenberg printed his Bible, there were around 30,000 books in all of Europe. 50 years later there were around 10 to 12 million. Although he did not ever get rich, it could be said that from the standpoint of moving information and communication forward, Gutenberg was the Steve Jobs/BillGates/Mark Zuckerberg of his era.

aos6In the film, the successful heist of this book leads to another, far riskier plan. Twists and turns ensue and  we think you’ll love this con comedy about honor, revenge and the bonds of brotherhood. So much so that if you LIKE us on Facebook and leave a comment with hashtag #gurulovesgutenberg, you’ll be entered for a chance to win an Amazon gift card good for purchasing this and a dozen more cool films (or whatever else you want on Amazon). Meanwhile, here’s the trailer:

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