George Clooney is a big star right now. Everyone knows who he is. He won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in the Syriana (2005).
At the same time while he is able to open a movie to reasonable box office results, his movies rarely reach $100 mil at the box office and frequently make a lot less, unless he is teamed up with another big star like Brad Pitt, as in “Ocean’s Eleven” remake.
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His very liberal political views have been mentioned as one of the reasons why he is not even a bigger star. Some filmgoers refuse to see his movies, since they dislike his political views.
I am a big fan of George Clooney and have been following his career for a while now.
Here is my list of his best movies and some clunkers as well. Please be patient with me as I work on this blog entry.
“From Dusk Till Dawn” (1996).
George Clooney received MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance for this film. I like this movie. It is an interesting blend of road movie, vampire hunter movie, rogue criminals kidnapping a family movie, and of course Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Keitel, Juliette Lewis and George Clooney movie. Clooney as Seth Gecko looks very young, brash and energetic. His peformance is not very polished yet. He walks and talks fast, but already sports his trademark Clooney stare. Salma Heyek is a sexy head of vampire run brothel and has some very good chemistry with Clooney.
When the film turns into bloodbath with brothel customers and kidnapped family of Harvey Keitel’s priest with them, agains a horde of bloodthirsty stripper vampires, it get a little repetitive with a “break the chair against vampire’s head, watch them walk away unharmed and then drive a stake into their heart” bits, but overall the film is a lot of fun. Highly recommended!
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