Posts Tagged ‘george clooney’

Frick or Frack?

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Film

VAN SANT AND DAMON’S PROMISED PROPAGANDA Gus Van Sant must really be out of imagination (or horniness) to make the drab, politically slanted Promised Land. That’s two phony films in a row for Gus, following the 2010 Restless. Promised Land takes on the fracking controversy about drilling for gas in underground shale deposits, using Gus’ [&hellip
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City Arts: Pitt Beats Clooney

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Film

KillingThemSoftly600 Armond White on how ‘Killing Them Softly’ amps political movie war Brad Pitt in ‘Killing Them Softly’ Killing Them Softly earns a footnote in cultural history for being the first dramatic film to question the Obama cult. It happens in a thrilling climactic moment that is part of director Andrew Dominik’s scheme examining America’s current financial [&hellip
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The American

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By Armond White For one brief moment, The American becomes a true thriller when George Clooney, playing an enigmatic assassin, stakes out a new assignment in Italy and encounters Filippo Timi (who played the mesmerizing figment of Benito Mussolini in Marco Bellocchio’s Vincere). Here, Timi—the actor of the year—projects another fully imagined life: a wary [&hellip
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Clooney clocks in with another lightweight snarky flick with Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air

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Like the great Italian Neorealist actors Marcello Mastroianni, Alberto Sordi, Vittorio Gassman and Gian Maria Volontè, Robert De Niro also has the gift for playing working-class men. In Everybody’s Fine, an American remake of a Giuseppe Tornatore tearjerker, De Niro is aged, wearing bifocals, with beautifully swept gray strands in his hair. As a widower [&hellip
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The Men Who Stare at Goats

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George Clooney meet Dusan Makavejev: Hollywood clown to Yugoslavian art-movie satirist. Clooney’s dismal new comedy The Men Who Stare at Goats makes it essential to re-learn what good political satire means. There’s no richer example than Makavejev’s films, and three of them are now packaged in Criterion’s DVD box set, Dusan Makavejev: Free Radical
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