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Clips 'n' Pics: Michael Clayton and Assassination of Jesse James

AssassinationJesseJames.jpgThere are two sets of clips online for the George Clooney starring Michael Clayton and the Brad Pitt starring The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and what's interesting for me is that I got bored and disinterested with the Assassination clips but was drawn to the Clayton clips.

According to reports and comments from critics I should be feeling the other way around, but the Michael Clayton clips are a lot more powerful than the slow paced clips of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

I suspect it doesn't help that these clips are all out of context and it's much easier to build tension in a thriller than it is a film such as Assassination, and clips are never a great reflection of the overall film, yet I do find the Clayton clips are much more engaging.

You can see the Michael Clayton clips over at Rope of Silicon [Flash:Embed]. The film stars such names as George Clooney, Tom Wilkinson, Tilda Swinton and Sydney Pollack and tells the story of a Law firm's fixer who discovers that the current project he's fixing is perhaps all lies and begins to wonder if this time the truth is the answer. It looks like a strong thriller going back to the strength of political thrillers from the seventies.

Meanwhile The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford tells the story of just that, and stars Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Sam Rockwell and so on. The clips are over at Rope of Silicon [Flash:Embed] again, and they tell a different story for a film. I still don't think these clips work well on their own, but I guess the marketing has to be done somehow.



Re : The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

There's some nice cinematography there but Pitt as Jesse James, don't make me laugh! That guy always looks like he's about to burst out crying.

If you want to see a good account of The James Gang, I recommend Walter Hill's "The Long Riders".

Cheers Morbius, I'll put that on my list to see.

I think I might just agree with you on the Pitt looks here, he does look tired and beaten - perhaps the way the character is supposed to look in the film?

You've not seen The Long Riders Richard?


Firstly it has the novelty of having four sets of actor brothers in the cast.

Three Carradine's and three pairs of Quaid's, Guest's and Keach's.

It also has one of the most amazing )if somewhat harrowing) slow motions shoot outs ever. The sound of every gun shot is slowed down as the famous and ill fated final raid of The James Gang is recreated.

Wow Morbius, you've just sold me on it. Sounds fantastic.

Added to my rental queue as I type.

That's also just secured the next feature...

I just like it when all my friends get on well together. :)


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