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Saturday, November 7, 2009

"The Men Who Stare at Goats"

"The Men Who Stare at Goats" is one of those films which reveal the funniest moments in the trailer, moments like the one that inspired the title. George Clooney stares with hilarious intensity at a goat and manages to stop its heart. By the time that bit rolls around, you start to envy the goat.

It is true that what humor there is in "Men Who Stare at Goats" reminds one of a low-rent Coen Brothers imitation, but even that seems like undeserved praise. Jeff Bridges tries to channel "The Dude" from "The Big Lebowski" in his portrayal of a man trained in New Age techniques, but fails miserably. You'd be much happier renting "Lebowski" or better yet, making the trip downtown to Fox Tower to see the Coen's newest outing, "A Serious Man". Go for the real deal, accept no substitutes, especially one this poor.

1 comment:

  1. I managed to make it off my RSS reader to your blog. ;-)

    I just had to give props for the "envying the goat" line. Well-played, sir. I really want to see "A Serious Man," but I think I'll pass on this one. I hear it's Clooney's worst movie — and with that horrible abortion of a Batman movie he created, that's saying something.