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Bhurn

Totally agree with all said.

My favorite scene: when he leaves his son in the car to confront Wilkonson in the alley. I defy you not to keep looking over Clooney's shoulder to make sure the kid is okay.

On par with Clayton: 3:10 to Yuma. Many parallels.

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kristen

I loved 3:10 to Yuma. I'll have to check "Michael Clayton" out.

Ingrid

I agree too, what a great film this is. Tom Wilkinson is phenomenal.

binnie

SUCH a good movie!!!
So it IS possible...

Betsy

Wow, alright, I'll check it out!

msmaupin

Ditto. I've been praising Tony's film all this week. Need to see it again soon. The scene that's haunted me is the one with the horses. In Henry's book, which Arthur reads, there is only one horse in the illustration. The film is like a beautiful puzzle.

mernitman

BHurn: ...or to look over both men's shoulders to see if either one of them was being lined up for a shot...

Kristen: So I guess I'll check out 3:10.

Ingrid: Wilkinson has always been good, but he seems to get even better.

Binnie: Wonders never cease.

Betsy: I'll bet you'll be glad you did.

Welcome MSMaupin: The illustration was a great touch. And typical of Gilroy's directorial panache that he didn't do that book reveal with a big in-your-face close-up; it was just a detail for you to take in (if you were as observant as he expected you to be).

kristen

Warning,

3:10 isn't perfect, but it's fun.

chris soth

Looking forward to it...

mernitman

Kristen: I'll bear that in mind.

Chris: Hope you enjoy, and -- taking my cue from Kristen -- bear in mind that nobody's perfect.

Joanna Farnsworth

George Clooney has been in UK corporate law firms for over ten years, ever since he was made screen-saver of choice by the computer departments. He was always popping up.

That's where I first saw him. In the middle of a technical glitch. I look forward to seeing what he's up to in Clayton. Forget the ER, he's a natural in the corridors of power.

Even better, from what Billy says, we could be back in the land of true personality-driven plot! If GC is this year's saviour of the Silver Screen, I'll reinstate him on my computer.

sal

know what you mean about whinge whinge whinge but my latest post is pretty happy and not much nabob of negativity!

but to the point - I wanted to like Michael Clayton, but I just didn't. Tom Wilkinson is ace (when is he not?) but George was just a bit too gorgeous for his role, plus I kept waiting for something to happen. I didn't dislike the film, but its not a twoey

chris

saw this last night and totally agree, Billy. i had heard good things and was expecting to maybe be pleasantly surprised. totally blew me away on every level. taut plotting, deep characterization, and always sharp dialogue. maybe not quite "The Verdict" great but easily up in that same class of the legal genre. definitely deserving some serious Oscar love come March.

as you say, a second viewing would seem to be in order to catch a lot of the little details that even now are still falling into place as i think about it. like one shot right in the beginning, where a phone has its 50 lines lit up like a Christmas tree in the middle of the night. you see it and it's visually interesting, but you're wondering why all the lines are lit up when the offices appear deserted. now, remembering the scene that follows, with a roomful of attorneys burning the midnight oil for the settlement, it seems to make perfect sense. lots of those touches throughout. great flick.

mernitman

Joanna: Well, all right then: load your computer and fire him up.

Sal: I actually found George more weathered and interestingly un-beautiful than his norm. But then I found the movie utterly suspenseful from opening shot to last, so that's what makes the horses race, as they say -- witness Chris.

And yes, Chris, what you said, bro. Going back for seconds.

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