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April 14, 2008

Michael Clayton

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I watched this last night on DVD.

Superb.

George Clooney just keeps getting better and better and more believable with each role.

He plays a lawyer who's the "fixer" in a big-time New York law firm, the guy they call on when there's a problem and no one wants to know how it's resolved — just that it will be, without any fingerprints from the firm's involvement.

He's really, really good at what he does.

Although he's not thrilled to function essentially as what he himself terms "a janitor," whose job is to keep a mess contained and then clean it up as quickly as possible.

I was reminded of Harvey Keitel's "cleaner" character in Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction," a reference to Luc Besson's "La Femme Nikita" (also a superb film) and its American remake, "Point of No Return."

But I digress.

"Michael Clayton" is two hours long, which was perfectly fine with me because the story is told so compellingly that the experience was akin to reading a really good novel as opposed to the usual in-and-out of today's cinema efforts.

Highly recommended.

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I enjoyed it so much I went to see it in a theater twice. I don't think that's happened since "Easy Rider."
P.S., I just saw "Shine a Light" in IMAX. It was arguably the most intense movie-going experience of my 60 years. Second only to "Jaws" (the first time).

Posted by: PT | Apr 15, 2008 4:03:27 PM

yes... george is good
but tilda, she steals the show... as she normally does.
good flick, for sure.

Posted by: jo | Apr 14, 2008 5:33:22 PM

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