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10.02.2013 | | Posted at 10:12 AM
By David Luhrssen
  The trailer for Gravity, the Oscar buzz science fiction film starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, featured music by Arvo Part, a contemporary Estonian composer steeped in minimalism and Eastern Orthodox spirituality. It was a beautiful choice, reminiscent of Stanley Kubrick’s decision to use Gyorgy Ligeti in 2001: A Space Odyssey. But in the end, Gravity’s director...
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013

Bullock and Clooney bring star power to space drama

 The immensity of space provides a vast canvas on which to paint the primal human drama of survival against the elements, the urge to live against the relentless claims of death. In Gravity, Sandra Bullock and George Clooney play a pair of astronauts whose shuttle is destroyed by
Monday, Nov. 21, 2011

Film tackles life and death, fidelity and family

Matt King, the George Clooney protagonist of The Descendants, starts the film by remarking how...
Monday, Sept. 6, 2010

George Clooney as anti-hero

George Clooney built his Hollywood reputation by playing likable if roguish roles that allowed his sexy charm to shine. With The American, he pushes against the sort of parts that made his career. The film opens in a remote, snow-covered corner of Sweden. The camera stares at a cabin under the stars and pine trees before inching slowly forward toward the warm glow of the windows. The deliberate pace...
03.27.2010 | | Posted at 09:08 AM

Wes Anderson Gets Animated

By David Luhrssen
In a Wes Anderson movie, families never run smoothly but at least they run. In the animated comedy Fantastic Mr.Fox (out on DVD and Blu-ray), they are running for their lives�a family of foxes menaced by a trio of evil human farmers. Of course, the rascally behavior of their furry father figure, this film�s counterpart to Royal Tennenbaum, Mr. Fox (voiced by George Clooney), triggers their tro...
Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009

George Clooney’s Frequent Flyer Role

Most of us will never face a hangman on the gallows or stare into the rifle barrels of a firing squad. We’re more likely to meet the sort of postmodern executioner played by George Clooney in Up in the Air, a man who will carry out the orders to deprive us of our livelihood rather than our life. Sadly, for some of us, livelihood and life amount to almost the same thing...
Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009

Wes Anderson’s Animated Comedy

In a Wes Anderson movie, families never run smoothly but at least they run. In the animated comedy Fantastic Mr. Fox, they are running for their lives—a family of foxes menaced by a trio of evil human farmers. Of course, the rascally behavior of their furry father figure, this film’s counterpart to Royal Tennenbaum, Mr. Fox (voiced by George Clooney), triggers...
Thursday, April 17, 2008

George Clooney’s football follies

In the 1920s, college football was just for fun and professional football was a ma-and-pa business. It was a game played by men in scratchy jerseys wearing chin-strap leather helmets that might—with any luck—cushion a blow to the head. Football was still a fast and loose sport. Many fans might have concurred with Dodge Connelly (George Clooney), a member of the Duluth Bulldogs in the period-comedy Leatherheads, when he declares, “Rules will ruin the game.” Along with the influx of corporate money, inflated salaries, stadium-naming rights, luxury sky boxes...

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