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Ocean's Eleven

Watched Ocean's Eleven (2001) last night. I really liked it. George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Elliott Gould, Casey Affleck, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Andy Garcia and Julia Roberts star in this very stylish vault heist from director Steven Soderbergh.

Although Andy Garcia's role was small, I thought he delivered an intense performance.

I listened to the commentary track for about fifteen minutes, and Matt Damon made an interesting observation about the scene where Brad Pitt's character is teaching poker to a bunch of idiotic celebrities. He said that the scene likely made some actors uncomfortable, because many of them have been in a position where they had to learn some particular skill for a role and they were complete novices being trained by professionals. He specifically mentioned Rounders (good movie), where he had to learn a lot about poker in a fairly short time.

Ocean's Eleven is only the second Soderbergh movie that I've seen, the first being sex, lies, and videotape, but he's two for two with me. (I don't care much for Julia Roberts, so that's probably why I've missed some of his other stuff.) This wasn't deep, but it was well-executed. I was entertained.

Has anyone here seen the original? How does it compare?

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tagplazen
Apr. 21st, 2006 04:17 pm (UTC)
I liked both versions, but I'm weird, and have that rat pack fascination. I will say that I found the ending to the original Ocean's a hell of a lot funnier.

Check out The Limey, I loved that one and I'm pretty sure Ms. Roberts isn't in it.
pointedview
Apr. 23rd, 2006 10:42 am (UTC)
I feel like I need to see at least one Rat Pack movie to have some cultural context about it, so maybe I'll try the original.

Thanks for the tip on The Limey. :) It's now 284 in my Netflix queue. :D
tagplazen
Apr. 23rd, 2006 03:24 pm (UTC)
The one rat pack movie that floors me is Robin and the 7 Hoods, it must be seen simply for the song that Sammy Davis Jr. sings about the joys of shooting his machine gun. Why this hasn't been picked up by drag queens across the nation I will never know, but it is sheer genius.
pointedview
Apr. 27th, 2006 10:07 am (UTC)
I added it to my Netflix queue. :)
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