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Post by Katiedot Mon 13 Jun 2011, 11:58

George Clooney is either really charming or really dorky, perhaps a little bit of both.

14 Sept 2009

The actor/People magazine pinup was in his usual form Friday as he held forth at a Toronto Film Festival press conference on behalf of his military satire "The Men Who Stare at Goats" for the myriad reporters eager to hear the latest details of what he'd "do" for a woman, whether he'll ever get married and other questions of interest to people with an IQ number under the minimum Social-Security age.

"I didn't want to say it here because it seems like a strange place to announce it," he said, to that second question, as the audience sat forward, attentive. "I'm going to get married. Tonight."

That joke was kind of typical, either a clever deflection from a guy tired of all the questions or a guy who, like most actors put on the spot in the contrived setting of a press conference, simply doesn't have that much to say.

Clooney did give a little hint about his career plans, saying he won't be rushing back to the action pics of his early big-screen career, instead preferring to keep with the quirky passion projects of "Burn After Reading" or "Leatherheads."

"If you looked at the past few years, we (he and producing partner/"Goats" helmer Grant Heslov) haven't focused so much on the economics," he said. "We just want to make our money back so we can keep making" those movies.

He added, "They loved it when they said we wanted to do 'Good Night and Good Luck' in black and white. Next movie is silent. And no picture either."

Clooney did say he still enjoyed comedies, particularly playing characters who are never as smooth or smart as they think they are, as he does in "Goats" and has done in several Coen Bros. pictures. "The idiot syndrome?" he said. "Those characters are funny to me. Nothing is as funny as someone who takes himself so seriously."

As for that role as executed here, "Goats" doesn't pack nearly enough satiric bite -- it should have gone all out with the "Naked Gun"-ish absurdity or developed more character texture a la "Catch-22" (though bonus points for an afterparty with real live goats wearing T-Shirts asking 'Why are you staring at me?').

As it is, "Goats" is one more well-meaning but flawed Iraq movie, only the comedic version--too worried about remaining a semi-serious effort to be truly outrageous, too politically nervous to be provocative, and too much a product of modern Hollywood to create living, breathing characters along the lines of anything Mike Nichols would have done. "The Men Who Stare at Coats" might have been a more interesting film.

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Post by Guest Mon 04 Jul 2011, 16:24

Just found this....I fell asleep during the DVD of MWSAGs....at home in my comfy chair mind !
Has anyone watched it ? What did you think ?

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Post by melbert Mon 04 Jul 2011, 16:27

To me there were some really slow points and some things I just didn't get, like they didn't come together - kind of a mess. But alot of things gave me a good giggle. It is the only film of George's that I haven't watched a 2nd, 3rd, 10th or 100th time.
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Post by Guest Mon 04 Jul 2011, 16:31

Thanks mel....glad I'm not on my own there....
..and... "You Do Know".....LOL

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Post by fluffy Mon 04 Jul 2011, 16:36

Bez24, I really liked this film, I seem to like the quirky ones Gee does. Also, I think there are alot of George-isms in his characters, the way he moves (heavy footed a little bit!!), also I like Ewan and they make a good team. Did you not seen Gee's butt at the end when in hospital?? Luvvvvvvv his butt!!! I'm collecting all the nudie titles!! Hug1
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Post by cindigirl Mon 04 Jul 2011, 16:42

Good morning ladies. I didn't like MWSAG at all. I thought it was dumb and unrealistic. Also don't like George in that dorky mustache.

My all time favorite is Michael Clayton. I must have watched that DVD 100 times. LOL
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Post by Guest Mon 04 Jul 2011, 16:52

Hi fluffy....no I'd fallen asleep long before that !! LOL

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Post by Guest Mon 04 Jul 2011, 17:57

I haven't seen this movie yet. I will have to order it! Anything with George in it is worth seeing! Halo Did I hear butt? super cool

Okay, I'm hooked! George is like a drug! NEED MORE... NEED MORE!!! Hug1

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Post by melbert Mon 04 Jul 2011, 18:34

OK Cinderella, but don't take him IV. You need to snort him...
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Post by Dexterdidit Tue 05 Jul 2011, 01:23

I must admit I haven't been able to make it all the way through Goats. I have only watched the first 20 minutes or so. I just can't get into it! The moustache is just offputting. Gotta admit I really only wanted to see the goats when do they come into it?
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Post by melbert Tue 05 Jul 2011, 02:24

If I'm remembering right Dex, later than middle, closer to the end. The scene with him "staring" at the goat is closer to the front, I think.
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Post by fluffy Tue 05 Jul 2011, 11:39

Dex, there's a bit of goat at the front, to set the scene of what they do, but more goats at the end when we see Gee's beautifully shaped, round, firm......BUTTTTTTTTTT!!!!! Luv that butt!!! Very Happy cheers lip smack
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Post by MM Tue 05 Jul 2011, 17:13

Dexterdidit wrote:I must admit I haven't been able to make it all the way through Goats. I have only watched the first 20 minutes or so. I just can't get into it! The moustache is just offputting. Gotta admit I really only wanted to see the goats when do they come into it?


I HATE that moustache!!! Also, I did not like that shaved widow's peak either!!! George looks so fake.
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Post by sandwiches Tue 05 Jul 2011, 17:17

I thought the movie was amusing, a bit slow at some parts and had some laugh out loud moments. It was a good movie to rent. I couldn't get past the porn 'stache but at least Ewan looked good.
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Post by Guest Tue 05 Jul 2011, 17:24

Sandwiches, I enjoyed it too and I had some good laughs out of it!

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