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Old 10-28-2007, 03:36 PM   #51
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Re: Michael Clayton

Another vote for "fantastic" I actually want to see it again so I can get another "feel" for the movie. Reminded me somewhat of "American Beauty" for some reason. Different styles obviously, but both have so many different layers to them. The movie was a bit slow in the middle, but the first and last half an hour were fantastic.

Kind of sentimental, but I like how he "found" his family at the end (his two brothers).
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Old 10-28-2007, 03:39 PM   #52
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Rick, I agree with Andy's explanation. He just needs a bit of time. He already had his plan in mind, Clayton is no fool.

Damn, I need to see this again!!
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Old 10-28-2007, 11:11 PM   #53
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Re: Michael Clayton

Saw it a while ago in the theater and I've watched it twice now on my laptop since then. Great movie.
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Old 10-29-2007, 01:20 AM   #54
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Re: Michael Clayton

Saw it today; First-rate movie with first-rate performaces. General comment - Funny how easy it is to compromise your life away until there is nothing left but a hollow and vain existence.

This is definitaly a movie that sticks with you long after you leave the theater - the true measure of a worthwhile film.

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Old 10-29-2007, 01:48 AM   #55
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Rick, I agree with Andy's explanation. He just needs a bit of time. He already had his plan in mind, Clayton is no fool.
OK, OK. I was being a nit.

Great movie; see it alone in a near empty theater like I did with nobody (like me) to ruin it for you by describing possible plot holes.

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Old 10-29-2007, 03:37 AM   #56
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Re: Michael Clayton

I loved the bag with 20+ french baguettes. That was a great touch there. You have to have seen a person in the midst of a manic episode to truly appreciate that. And the fridge with only champagne, a dozen jellos, and Betty Crocker was a nice touch as well.

The conversation about the "other option" was also very well done.

I give this movie an 8.5/10, and I am tough to please. The best movie I have seen so far this year.
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Old 10-29-2007, 01:52 PM   #57
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Loved it but one thing I think they got wrong is described below in white:

After they loop back to the scene where Clooney's car gets bombed he rushes back down to the car and throws his cell, ring and watch into the flaming wreckage. This supposedly is proof he died in the crash. Wouldn't there at least be bones left?

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I saw the movie and agree with everyone that it was brilliant. This one part did bother me quite a bit, though.

Two things would have been immediately apparent to the CSIs at the scene: 1., the car wasn't moving when it exploded, and 2., there are no human remains in the car.

So there wouldn't have been any official report that Clayton was killed in a car bomb... just that his car was bombed and there was no evidence that he was driving it at the time.

I was able to live with this contextual shortcoming while watching the film because it seems as though he only needed to pretend to be dead for a day or two, which is well within the normal police clusterfeck timeframe before anybody officially says anything.

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Old 10-29-2007, 02:44 PM   #58
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<font class="small">Code:</font><hr /><pre> Sometimes just the name doesn't help generate a good start. Michael Clayton sounds like some English gentleman affair to the average moviegoer. OTOH, I'll bet The Departed got a lot of people thinking they might be seeing a horror movie!
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Rick,

I agree. The movie The Madness of King George was originally titled The Madness of King George III in the play version. However, the change was made for the film because the producers feared American audiences may think they had missed parts I and II.
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Old 10-29-2007, 05:22 PM   #59
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Re: Michael Clayton

One may produce a copious, regular evacuation every day of the week and still be a stranger to reason.
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Old 10-30-2007, 04:49 AM   #60
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One may produce a copious, regular evacuation every day of the week and still be a stranger to reason.
Can somebody translate this for me please?

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PS Andy - Wish you guys would quote a part of the text you are responding to. With most people posting/reading in flat mode and not following threading it's so easy to get lost (or easy for me anyway!)
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Old 10-31-2007, 01:06 AM   #61
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It's a line from The Madness of King George.

And I don't care about the flat moders, flat mode sucks. Read in non-flat mode and it's hard to get lost.
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Old 10-31-2007, 03:31 AM   #62
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And I don't care about the flat moders, flat mode sucks. Read in non-flat mode and it's hard to get lost.
Sorry Andy. I mistook you as being part of that mid/high limit crowd that participated in a year or so old thread that seemed to imply anyone using threaded mode (instead of flat) as being some sort of not cool dope.

I used to use threaded when the forum was smaller and the texture of the threading was respected. These days I surf in flat and try to connect with partial quoting when I post.

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Old 10-31-2007, 11:28 AM   #63
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I am a not cool dope. I've always hated the quoting feature. When I want to quote I just copy the part I want to quote and put quotation marks around it. I see those quoted posts with forty-two quotes within quotes within quotes and I quickly move on. But I'm definitely a techno-peasant. Not quite the Luddite your friend is, but close.

I really said a terrible thing to him the other day. He was kvelling about his son and said to me, "Look my name is in the paper three times in one article." I replied, "Is it the obituary section?" Funny line, I thought, but mean-spirited. Please apologize for me.
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Old 10-31-2007, 01:30 PM   #64
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Sorry Andy. I mistook you as being part of that mid/high limit crowd that participated in a year or so old thread that seemed to imply anyone using threaded mode (instead of flat) as being some sort of not cool dope.

I used to use threaded when the forum was smaller and the texture of the threading was respected. These days I surf in flat and try to connect with partial quoting when I post.

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I do the same thing...
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Old 10-31-2007, 07:07 PM   #65
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Andy - Minutes after I opened this post a few hours ago my friend came over. Before our exercise walk/jacuzzi/cigar (good combo BTW) I told him there was an online apology to him and he made five wrong guesses (two were evil demons that have been the subject of previous discussions here on 2+2) . Since these were Commerce players I finally said "Your getting close.". Then in a puzzled tone he replies "Andy Fox" (only because he connects you with Commerce, me, and the Internet) and I go "yeah". He couldn't come up with any offense and hardly even noticed the aforementioned incident.

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PS I did go to his son's high school water polo match yesterday. Both teams were undefeated and son's team won in a water romp. Friend did no kvelling since his son went scoreless. Special surreal experience for me since it was the first time on a high school campus in 35 years.
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Old 10-31-2007, 11:34 PM   #66
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Old 11-01-2007, 06:00 AM   #67
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I went to movies with a friend. Picked Clayton movie and was pleasantly suprised. Liked the manic depressive lawyer scenes.
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Old 11-04-2007, 02:29 AM   #68
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Re: Michael Clayton

I just got back from it and thought it was very good. Definitly see a few oscar nods coming out of it.

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Still unsure of how he knew exactly who was behind the murder/attempted. How did he know it was that women, it could have been a number of people. What did I miss?
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Old 11-18-2007, 10:36 AM   #69
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I'll be the dissenting voice (of reason!) then: I liked it, it kept me engaged start to finish, appreciated the film-making a lot, but it didn't blow me away. Not much of a dissent, I know, but there you go.

*****Spoilers*****


I avoided this thread until I could see the movie, but several people have said it was great, so perhaps this was just the weight of expectations. Still, lots of little points kept me from sinking into the movie throughout the film. I got a sense that lots of stuff was left on the cutting room floor. Why the work on the relationship with the guy collecting the money he owed for the restaurant (both the photo in the early scene, and the comment about "just doing his job" in the late scene)? Why is it suddenly fine that people know Michael Clayton was killed, after all the effort to make Eden's death seem like suicide or an accident? For that matter, why the hell did Clayton stop there in the first place? Was that supposed to be a moment of epiphany? Sorry, not that convincing.

That said, Tilda Swinton was fantastic. Easily the best supporting role I've seen lately. Especially like the way they made her character sympathetic (such as the speech practice scenes, and shooting her in positions that emphasised her thickening waist and the way her bra cut into her back). The penultimate scene, where she's almost stuttering she's so overwhelmed, was incredible. It wasn't so much the banality of evil, for me, more that she was a frail person (remember the interview she gave early on, where she talked about feeling overwhelmed by the job when she first took it?), desperate to succeed, but without quite having the smarts or willpower necessary. Made her completely credible, in my eyes.

Also liked that Clooney spent the entire movie looking tired until the last scene, when he's suddenly clean-shaven and without the eye makeup again: it was clear it wasn't the late nights that were tiring him out, but the burden of guilt. Kind of gave away the reverse in that scene, but I'm a sucker for even moderately subtle visual indications of moral choices, so I'm willing to forgive. Thought he did a good job, but I have to judge him beside Tilda Swinton, and in that light it was only good, not great.

Have to diverge from the consensus on Tom Wilkinson as well - thought he did a fine job, especially the alley scene and the prison scene, but he also paled beside Swinton.

Music was good too, lots of cello, which usually works for me. Cinematography was appropriate, never flashy and mostly aiding the grey tone.

I think the problem was that every scene that didn't include Swinton left me thinking "yup, got that, on to the next scene now."

So, I liked it, it was ok, but I suspect I would have preferred it as a book.
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Old 11-18-2007, 12:42 PM   #70
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"why the hell did Clayton stop there in the first place? Was that supposed to be a moment of epiphany?"

The horses reminded him of the picture from his son's book.

If you enjoy Swinton, try The Deep End. Wonderful performance.
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Old 11-18-2007, 04:20 PM   #71
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I'll be the dissenting voice (of reason!) then: I liked it, it kept me engaged start to finish, appreciated the film-making a lot, but it didn't blow me away. Not much of a dissent, I know, but there you go.

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I avoided this thread until I could see the movie, but several people have said it was great, so perhaps this was just the weight of expectations. Still, lots of little points kept me from sinking into the movie throughout the film. I got a sense that lots of stuff was left on the cutting room floor. Why the work on the relationship with the guy collecting the money he owed for the restaurant (both the photo in the early scene, and the comment about "just doing his job" in the late scene)?

I think is to both show Clayton's attempt at being respectable (owning a restaurant) while failing at it (getting the money to open it from a loanshark). I really liked how it dramatized that dichotomous nature he was struggling with.


Why is it suddenly fine that people know Michael Clayton was killed, after all the effort to make Eden's death seem like suicide or an accident?

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Eden was lead counsel for the plaintiffs, and thus a unnatural death would bring some suspicion onto the defendants. Clayton had nothing to do with it the case (at least in the eyes of the law), so it wouldn't matter if he was murdered or not.


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For that matter, why the hell did Clayton stop there in the first place? Was that supposed to be a moment of epiphany? Sorry, not that convincing.

[b]He stopped his car because the scene reminded him of the horse on the cover of his son's book - and the one Eden had in his apartment.


liked your thoughts on the picture, though...
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Old 11-19-2007, 12:17 AM   #72
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I think is to both show Clayton's attempt at being respectable (owning a restaurant) while failing at it (getting the money to open it from a loanshark). I really liked how it dramatized that dichotomous nature he was struggling with.
Not the restaurant itself, that whole subplot worked well at presaging his mid-life crisis. There were a couple of cues that he had a larger relationship with the man collecting the money for his loan shark though - the line "just doing my job" in their last scene, indicating Clayton's opinion of him mattered to the collector, and, more ambiguously, a quick shot just after their first scene together where Clayton, in his apartment or office, reached down to pick up a phone in front of a picture of what I thought at the time was his son and the collector sitting together. Later, when we met his father, who looked very similar to the collector, I thought it must have actually been a photo of his father and his son, but the timing was deliberate, and the 1-second long shot was both completely unnecessary to the scene, and clearly emphasised the picture.

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Eden was lead counsel for the plaintiffs, and thus a unnatural death would bring some suspicion onto the defendants. Clayton had nothing to do with it the case (at least in the eyes of the law), so it wouldn't matter if he was murdered or not.
Clayton had met with Swinton's character two days or so before, and was known to be working on the case by people in his firm (who weren't in on the hit, and as far as Swinton knew would be pissed she killed him). He'd also been interacting with the police over another death the previous day, and had a brother who was a cop (as Swinton knew). Seems more than enough to cause suspicion to me.

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He stopped his car because the scene reminded him of the horse on the cover of his son's book - and the one Eden had in his apartment.
Yeah, and he drove there as fast as he could, taking at high speed a turnoff from the main road that was so small the car following him didn't see it. I appreciate the connection to the illustration in the book, but it didn't make it a credible action for him to take, for me, especially given it's fortuitous timing, and the tightness of the rest of the movie. The only thing that makes it vaguely viable for me is the clear allusion to getting off the track he's on being the only thing that will save his life.

Like I said, none of them are big things, and certainly none ruin the movie, but there were enough of them, and they contrasted enough with parts that did the same things very well, that they jarred a little.

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Old 11-22-2007, 02:29 AM   #73
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Clayton had met with Swinton's character two days or so before, and was known to be working on the case by people in his firm.
He had just been given $80k bonus and 3-year contract by his own firm. That wasn't a bait-and-switch to fool him into his car where his demise awaited. It made no sense that Kenner, Bach, &amp; Ledeen be in on it. Who else was in play? The one who stood central underneath Don Jefferies' mentorship, next to the signature that he DID have a lead on, that had a personal connection to Michael Clayton.

3-bet that [censored] all day. Plot hole? Yes, but it's cool to have to look at it through Clayton's eyes to see what the logical play is. If you watch carefully, his "solution" also pays off his brother's debt to the cop whom had to bury the seal - - he gets the collar of Tilda Swinton's Karen Crowder.

For credit, give the depth, complexity and intelligence to Gilroy's/Clooney's Michael Clayton. Just takes a while see imo...
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I avoided this thread until I could see the movie, but several people have said it was great, so perhaps this was just the weight of expectations. Still, lots of little points kept me from sinking into the movie throughout the film....why the hell did Clayton stop there in the first place? Was that supposed to be a moment of epiphany? Sorry, not that convincing.
Sorry for the bump guys, but I just saw this last night. I have to agree with this. I had a big problem with him all of a sudden feeling the overwhelming urge to get out of his car and walk up to some random horses. Other than that though, I thought it was great.
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Lots of discussion on the imdb board about that scene. No real consensus though.
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