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A Week In Film #033: Looking further afield

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Michael Clayton
Interesting enough little flick about a low-profile attorney (George Clooney) working for a grubby law firm which specialises in making problems go away for big corporate clients. Written and directed with efficiency and in a Kluteish fashion by Hollywood scriptwriter Tony Gilroy.

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Proof Of Life
Taylor An Officer And A Gentleman Hackford directs from a Tony Gilroy script, with Russell Crowe as an ex-special forces type now working as a hostage recovery expert in the private sector, tasked with finding Meg Ryan’s engineer husband, who has been kidnapped by South American rebels. Silly, but with some vim.

Classic teen angst/high school satire, with Christian Slater turning his Nicholsons up to eleven, big-eyed Winona Ryder rocking the monocle, croquet, underlined passages of Moby Dick, Big Fun, death by Drano, cowtipping and more.

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Another Tony Gilroy script, here with Jamie Foxx as a high-end, wisecracking thief in some story about a heist gone wrong, etc. Reminded me of Blue Streak and The Last Boy Scout.

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Extreme Measures
And yet more Tony Gilroy silliness: Hugh Grant is an overworked ER doctor in the States who happens upon a gruesome organ harvesting operation. Gene Hackman earned his pay cheque, Michael Crichton’s lawyers clearly fumbled the ball.

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Body Of Lies
TWAT-themed thriller, with Leonardo di Caprio as a CIA paramilitary chasing down Islamics in order to save the free world, whilst his bosses stymie and obstruct him. Ridley Scott directs with economy (for him), Russell Crowe is restrained as his superior. Doesn’t compare too greatly with the similar Syriana (which shares Mark Strong in a supporting role), but gets the job done.

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Decent hardboiled Don Siegel policier, which at least has a stab at doing things slightly differently, splitting the story between the perspectives of old school NYC detective Richard Widmark, and his by-the-book, liberal-leaning commissioner Henry Fonda. Of its time.