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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Robot & Frank - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Every security system is designed by security companies, not thieves.  It's not a question of if a thief can break in, it's how long.  They place all the heavy systems where their customers can see them.  They're selling the feel of security.  It's never hard to find a spot that they assumed no one could reach.  It just takes the right eye."
"Remember, Frank?
Your next job.
You deal in diamonds and jewels, the most value by the ounce.
It's not too late, Frank.
Don't give up.
Lifting that high-end stuff, no one gets hurt.
Except those insurance company crooks."

Robot & Frank - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Robot & Frank is a 2012 American film directed by Jake Schreier and written by Christopher Ford. Set in the near future, it focuses on Frank, an aging jewel thief played by Frank Langella, whose son buys him a domestic robot. Resistant at first, Frank warms up to the robot when he realizes he can use it to restart his career as a cat burglar. It was the first feature film for both Ford and Schreier and received critical acclaim for its writing, production, and acting. It won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, tying with the Kashmiri film Valley of Saints.


Set in the near future, an aging ex-convict and thief named Frank (Frank Langella) lives alone and is experiencing increasingly serious mental deterioration and dementia. Frank's son Hunter (James Marsden), is an attorney with a family of his own, grows tired of making weekly visits to his father's home, but is reluctant to put his father into fulltime care, so he purchases a robot companion (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard), which is programmed to provide Frank with therapeutic care, including a fixed daily routine and cognitive enhancing activities like gardening.

Initially wary of the robot's presence in his life, Frank warms up to his new companion when he realizes the robot is not programmed to distinguish between legal recreational activities and criminal ones, and can assist him in lock-picking. Together, the two commit a heist in order to win the affection of the local librarian (Susan Sarandon): they steal an antique copy of Don Quixote from the library, which is being renovated and turned into a community center in the wake of declining interest in print media.
I'm amazed at the overlap in coverage between all the different insurances
(personal health insurance, auto, home, worker's compensation),
especially when it come to health coverage:
Why can't we have a universal health care insurance program required by law and get rid of the redundancy?

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