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* From Dusk till Dawn – Starring George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Quentin Tarantino & Juliette Lewis, directed by Robert Rodriguez

Posted by the editors on Monday, 6 February 2012

From Dusk till Dawn (1996)  Directed by Robert Rodriguez (Planet Terror (2007), Predators (2010)), written by Quentin Tarantino and starring George ClooneyHarvey KeitelQuentin TarantinoJuliette Lewis and Salma Hayek.  From Dusk till Dawn starts out as film about two criminals, portrayed by Clooney and a deranged Taratino, on the run, after a bank robbery, with a hostage in tow, and, somehow, once across the border and into Mexico, morphs into a rip-snorting horror film, still with Clooney and Tarantino, but with the addition of a rather subdued Harvey Keitel, and, as his daughter, Juliette Lewis, not to mention a rather sizzling, and dangerous, Salma Hayek.  The first part of From Dusk till Dawn is sharp, cynical, nasty, violent and really not bad; in the second part, well, yes, all hell breaks loose, literally, and though there are, as one would expect from a Rodriguez/Tarantino collaboration, abundant, and seriously gruesome goings-on, the film loses its edge and drags on.  Definitely not a film for everyone, especially not children, From Dusk Till Dawn nevertheless is worth viewing if one is a fan of Tarantino, or Rodriguez, and of truly nasty, body-part, horror, and to see George Clooney in a film that, in the end, one would be hard-pressed to believe he ever acted in. (PR)

See our posts on the film Predators, directed by Robert Rodriguez and starring Adrien Brody, and the films The Americanstarring George Clooney, and Mean Streets, starring Harvey Keitel.

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The Day the Earth Stood Still – Starring Keanu Reeves

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 25 January 2012

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) Directed by Scott Derrickson,  starring Keanu ReevesJennifer Connelly with John Cleese and others.  In this remake of the eponymous science fiction classic of 1951, Keanu Reeves portrays an extra-terrestrial messenger, Klaatu, here to save the earth.  Though the theme of  nuclear warfare in the original film has been replaced by the theme of global environmental disaster in the remake, and the character of Klaatu, the extra-terrestrial, has been humanizingly inverted, The Day the Earth Stood Still, adheres, sadly, to many of the qualities of the original, notably the U.S.-centric perception of the world, and the shallow, stereotypical characters.  Though the film received a decidedly negative critical reception, it went on to be rather successful at the box office, perhaps in view of Reeves’ participation in The Matrix franchise.  Reeves, here, too, clearly demonstrates his talent for appearing emotionless, perhaps appropriate given the circumstances.  John Cleese, of Monty Python fame, in a role reminiscent of that portrayed by Michael Caine in the film Children of Men, is present for a very short scene, as a Nobel Prize-winning scientist.  There are, of course, ample special effects, some of which aren’t bad, but by and large, The Day the Earth Stood Still is likely to appeal to fans of a certain dated school of science-fiction, and those who appreciate Keanu Reeves. (PR)

See our posts on the science fiction films Solaris, starring George Clooney, and Predators, starring Adrien Brody.

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The American – Starring George Clooney

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 7 January 2012

The American (2010) Directed by Anton Corbijn, starring George Clooney.  In this masterful, deliberate, precise and calculatedly slow suspense thriller, George Clooney portrays a man of few words, of unknown background but a life colored by violence and isolation: a ronin, or masterless samurai, or lone gun-slinger, in the mold of Alan Ladd or Clint Eastwood.  Clooney is excellent, as Mr. Butterfly, otherwise known as, depending on where and to whom, Edward or Jack, the butterfly his totem, with a deep, almost silent appreciation of nature, scenes of natural beauty at a snow-bound lake in Sweden, at an edenic creek in the mountainous italian countryside, and the impeccable directing and cinematography by Anton Corbijn is of an outstanding unity with Clooney’s Mr. Butterfly, a reflection of the man.  The American could almost be called art-house cinema, with a clear link to Japanese, perhaps French, and Italian, especially Sergio Leone, films.  The tension is palpable, and meticulously constructed, and though the premise of an isolated man wishing to regain the human touch he so long ago lost is not a new idea, The American, with the excellent acting and undeniable charisma of Clooney, and the careful, almost immaculate directing by Corbijn, is a must-see. (PR) (Note: there is violence, and nudity.)

See our posts on the films Solaris and Syriana starring George Clooney.

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Vantage Point – Starring Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox & Forest Whitaker

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 3 December 2011

Vantage Point (2008)(DVD)   Directed by Pete Travis, starring Dennis Quaid (The Right Stuff (1983), The Big Easy (1987), Far from Heaven (2002))Matthew Fox (Lost (2004-2010, Television series)Forest Whitaker (Bird (1988), Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999), The Last King of Scotland (2006))Sigourney Weaver (the four Alien films (1979-1997), Avatar (2009))William Hurt (Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985), A History of Violence (2005), Syriana (2005), Into the Wild (2007)) and others.  In this relentlessly fast-paced political action thriller, with Quaid and Fox as U.S. Secret Service agents, and William Hurt as the U.S. President and replete with terrorists, bombings, assassinations, kidnappings, spies and a  truly breathless car chase through the narrow streets of Salamanca, Spain*, one is treated to multiple points of view on the same dreadful event.  Through rewinds, changes of perspective and rapid cutting the nature of the event and its participants are exposed and the idea of a single truth revealed.  Many reviewers have spoken of the Rashomon effect, the idea of examining the same event from multiple points of view, used in exemplary fashion in Akira Kurasawa‘s iconic film Rashomon and comparing the use of this technique in Vantage Point rather unfavorably. It should be said, however, that Kurasawa’s premise was that there is no single truth to be found, whereas in Vantage Point, the idea of illuminating a single, clear truth is the entire idea.  Once one accepts this rather reductionist point of view, and accepts that the film is not about intellectually challenging one’s post-modern sense of the world, one can sit back and enjoy its efforts to keep things moving at an entertainingly frenetic pace.  The acting is workable, the dialogue perhaps a bit wanting, and some of the devices admittedly a bit routine, not to mention the questionable and simplistic politics; nevertheless, a bit of breathless, stressful action, with not unreasonable special effects, is at times, just the ticket. (PR) (*: actually shot in Mexico)

See our post on the film Syriana, starring George Clooney and Matt Damon, with William Hurt.

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Syriana – Starring George Clooney & Matt Damon

Posted by the editors on Monday, 28 November 2011

Syriana (2005) (DVD) Written and directed by Stephen Gaghan (as writer, Traffic (2000), Rules of Engagement (2000), The Alamo (2004), starring George Clooney (O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), Michael Clayton (2007), Up in the Air (2009), The Ides of March (2011) and many others)Matt Damon (The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), The Departed (2006), The Informant! (2009), Invictus (2009), True Grit (2010) and many other films)Jeffrey Wright (W. (2008), Quantum of Solace (2008), The Ides of March (2011)) in an ensemble cast including Chris CooperAmanda PeetWilliam HurtChristopher Plummer and others.  An astounding, excellent and truly contemporary global petro-political thriller, Syriana, through multiple parallel story lines and diverse locations, is a thought-provoking, and thoroughly emotionally and intellectually engaging look at devious and dangerous international big oil, mixing politics, terrorism, business, assassination, profit and spies.  The acting is very good (Clooney won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as CIA agent Bob Barnes), and Gaghan’s writing and directing are sharp and extremely effective.  Complex and hypnotic, Syriana is a must-see thriller. (PR)

See our posts on Solaris, starring George Clooney, and The Informant! and Invictus, starring Matt Damon.

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