Posts tagged George Clooney
Film Review: GRAVITY

GRAVITY is a glorious cinema experience, with awe inspiring visuals and a compelling human story ... Naomi

GRAVITY stars Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, a jaw dropping landscape and textured sound design. Sandra plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission with George as Matt Kowalski, veteran astronaut in command. 

From the start I felt close and intimate with the characters and the film grew tense quickly as I discovered their vulnerable position within a terrifying expanse of space. It's said that at 600km above Earth, the temperature fluctuates between +258 and -148 degrees Fahrenheit, there is nothing to carry sound, no air pressure and no oxygen. It's not somewhere I'd want to hang around for too long, after taking in the sights I'd want to get back to Earth pronto.

George Clooney's last scene made me giggle when I know it shouldn't, because he was so much like Buzz Lightyear.

GEORGE CLOONEY as Matt Kowalski and SANDRA BULLOCK as Ryan Stone in Warner Bros. Pictures' dramatic thriller "GRAVITY," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

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Film Review: ARGO

Ben Affleck directed and stars in Argo, an tense and funny dramatic thriller that is especially interesting because it's based on fact... Naomi Rossdeutscher

Photo by: KEITH BERNSTEIN of BEN AFFLECK as Tony Mendez in "ARGO," a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures in association with GK Films, to be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.I missed the screening in the cool cinema with excellent sound and picture and I had to make do with an inferior cinema where the sound was so shocking I text the management during the film and followed up with an email later - they still haven't responded - incredible. It's no wonder there was only three other people there. But even under these circumstances the film was excellent, if only I could have sat back and enjoyed the experience instead of leaning forward in an effort to hear the dialogue.

WHAT'S IS ABOUT?

In 1979, Tony Mendez, a CIA "exfiltration" specialist struggling with family issues, comes up with a crazy plan and risks his life to rescue six Americans hiding at the Canadian Ambassador's home, after militants stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took 52 Americans hostage. The covert life-or-death operation was made public in 1997 when declassified by President Clinton.

Photo by Claire Folger. BEN AFFLECK as Tony Mendez and BRYAN CRANSTON as Jack O'Donnell in Warner Bros. Pictures' and GK Films' dramatic thriller "ARGO," a Warner Bros. Pictures release.The film hooked me as soon as I saw Affleck's character was the smart and compasionate guy in the room, willing to put his own life on the line. The script is cleverly written by screenplay by Chris Terrio. The building tension and carefully placed humour was a key factor for me - when the tension went into overdrive in the last quarter and sped to the finale with inter-cutting scenes between Washington, Hollywood and Tehran, I realised I was holding my breathe and almost laughed out loud in relief.

I loved the 70's styling, the cool sideburns, wide collared corduroy suits, bell bottom pants and the use of pattern and brown - what a mad creative time in fashion.

Photo by CLAIRE FOLGER. KERRY BISHÉ as Kathy Stafford, SCOOT McNAIRY as Joe Stafford, TATE DONOVAN as Bob Anders, RORY COCHRANE as Lee Schatz, CLEA DuVALL as Cora Lijek and CHRISTOPHER DENHAM as Mark Lijek in "ARGO," a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures in association with GK Films, to be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

The cast was fabulous and included John Goodman, playing John Chambers, the charismatic special effects makeup artist who created the apes in the Planet of the Apes films and Mr Spock's ears and secretly helped  the government when in crisis. It was also a delight to see Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Alan Arkin  playing a fictional producer based on an amalgam of real people.

Keep an eye out for Scoot McNairy, in the above photo he's second from the left, at the back. I remember him from the UK creature film MONSTERS. He's a really interesting actor.

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Film Review: THE AMERICAN

"George Clooney gets sexy with a gorgeous Italian, makes friends with a priest and struggles with his unglamorous career in this classy noir-ish thriller; just the kind of film I love."

Conflict and intrigue kicks in fast in this character-motivated thriller with George Clooney as Jack/Edward, a merciless assassin on edge and on the move, with a growing distaste for his dangerous vocation and suspicious of everything and everyone. Jack goes into hiding, makes friends with a local priest and indulges in a sexy romance with a gorgeous Italian, which ignites life-changing ideas.

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