Posts Tagged ‘The American’

George Clooney has been in 19 movies that I’ve seen since Batman and Robin. And I have at the very least liked 16 of them. This is an impressive track record for any actor, let alone for an 80’s sitcom guy who played the greatest character ever in the worst movie ever (YES, hyperbole, WHY NOT?!).

It’s the track record of clear film-lover, who made enough money from a terrible movie that he realized he could essentially be the Charles Foster Kane of actors, starring in movie after movie that doesn’t do great (the occasional Ocean’s movie aside), simply because he has the clout and knows he’ll never go broke.

And because he seems chiefly interested in starring in films that feel like forgotten gems of the 60’s-70’s auteur period – when conspiracy thrillers didn’t require explosions and action movies doubled as character studies – George Clooney has pretty much become my go-to actor for Movies I’m Pretty Sure I’ll like.

(Clearly, he and the Coen Bros. also love 40’s comedies, since all their collaborations are Screwball with a capital Wackadoo, so that helps, too.)  (more…)