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DVD Releases 02/19/08

GATW Guest Writer

by: GATW Guest Writer
February 19th, 2008

Michael Clayton
Starring: George Clooney (Oscar nominated role), Sydney Pollack, Tom Wilkinson (Oscar nominated role), and Tilda Swinton (Oscar nominated role)
Directed by: Tony Gilroy (Oscar nominated)

Michael Clayton is a lawyer that doesn’t goes to court. In fact, he very rarely practices law in the traditional sense. Instead, Michael is more of a cleaner for a high-powered law firm, performing damage control for the firm in delicate situations. Life for the law firm, and subsequently Michael, becomes increasingly more difficult when the lead lawyer of one the firm’s biggest cases suffers from what is believed to be a nervous breakdown.

This Hollywood and critical darling is one of the most tense and insightful legal thrillers in recent memory. The film is practically flawless. The performances by all of the key cast
members are fantastic, which is made apparent by the fact that three of the film’s performances were nominated for Oscars. Michael Clayton is a poignant look at the dark side of the legal world, and the people that reside in the soulless environment they help create.

American Gangster
Starring: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Josh Brolin, and Ruby Dee (Oscar nominated role)
Directed by: Ridley Scott (one of Rusty Gordon’s favorites)

The film is based on the notorious 1970’s drug lord, Frank Lucas, who shipped heroine into the United States in the coffins of dead Vietnam soldiers. The film depicts Frank’s rise to the top of the drug world, and his eventual downfall, brought on by Detective Richie Roberts’ investigation.

Given American Gangster’s electric directing and powerful performances, it is hard to believe that this extremely entertaining and well-made film would garnish so few Oscar nominations. American Gangster’s startling action and magnificent acting keeps the film from feeling tired, despite its lengthy running time. American Gangster proves to be as engaging as it is violent, which is to say very.

Also, being released: Margot at the Wedding, Renditon, In the Vally of Elah

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