Ocean’s Twelve is probably the least regarded of the Ocean’s Trilogy, and while it does get a little too self-aware (having Julia Roberts play Julia Roberts who actually ISN’T Julia Roberts…yeah), it’s still more fun than most movies that ever get made. If the ensemble from the first one was star-studded enough, the sequel added Catherine Zeta Jones, Bruce Willis, Jared Harris, Robbie Coltrane, and Vincent Cassel to the cast. The heart of the fun, and the reason why the Ocean’s films are so rewatchable, is the real-life friendship between Clooney, Damon, and Pitt translating so well onscreen. In terms of their characters, the Ocean’s movies are elaborate heists that give Clooney and Pitt a chance to screw with Damon. Linus is trying so hard, and Rusty and Danny appreciate it, but it’s not really a heist if they can’t work him into a panic. One of their best “scare Linus for kicks and giggles moments” is when they meet with Robbie Coltrane’s character in a bar to set up what they need, and all three begin talking in complete nonsense phrases leaving Linus scrambling to try to work out to say…and that just goes very badly.
George Clooney was a journeyman TV actor until he became the initial breakout star from one of the best dramas in TV history: ER. The first five years of ER can stand against any drama, and Clooney’s departure signaled an end to the show’s best creative period. Despite nearly breaking Batman, Clooney quickly transitioned from standard box office fare to more cerebral dramas over which he has exerted more and more control as his career has progressed. Despite a slump over the last few years, Clooney’s resume has more than its share of outstanding films like Michael Clayton, Up in the Air, Goodnight and Good Luck, The Ocean’s Trilogy, The Ides of March, Syriana, and more. Clooney’s acting has improved enormously from his initial days on ER (during which he seemed to rely primarily on head bobbing and smiling) to powerful performances that have justly earned him critical acclaim. Half of his award nominations, though, are for his work behind the camera either as producer, director, or screenwriter. He’s at his best when dealing with complex, intelligent material and in control of as much of the process as possible, which can’t be said for many talents. Continue reading George Clooney’s 10 Best Movies
The ensemble for Ocean’s Eleven can stand against pretty much any film ever made, containing EIGHT Oscar-winning/nominated actors and actresses (Elliot Gould, Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Don Cheadle, George Clooney, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts, and Andy Garcia) and that doesn’t even count NINE-time Emmy winner and legend Carl Reiner in his final major role or the Golden Globe and Emmy nominated Bernie Mac. That’s a cast! Unfortunately YouTube was unable to give me the whole assembling of the 11, so I cobbled it together the best I can from four clips. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Ocean’s Eleven (2001) “Putting the Team Together”
Suburbicon looks like classic Coen Brothers fare in which a small, seemingly insignificant event spins an entire town out of control, testing what people are really capably when pushed to the breaking point and adding in a good dollop of absolute absurdity (the last shot in the trailer with Damon peddling away on his son’s bike is awesome lol). The summary below from Coming Soon encapsulates the entirety of the the Coen library in one phrase: “very flawed people making extremely bad choices”. Directed by George Clooney and starring Matt Damon, Oscar Isaac and Julianne Moore, Suburbicon will open October 27, 2017.
Continue reading Suburbicon Trailer #1 (2017) *The Coens, Clooney and Damon at it Again*