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Ranking George: Your Top 5

Post by Missa on Sat 23 Jun 2012, 13:50

Joanna posted a bit of George's filmography on another thread, and looking at it I wondered if we'd ever done a thread where we put his films in a "Best of" order. I couldn't find one, so I thought it might be fun, and give us something to talk about besides what color Stacy's fedora is today. So here's a full list of films (post-ER only; I don't think anything before that would make anyone's Top 5 anything) (italics are films he directed):

2011 The Descendants
2011 The Ides of March
2010 The American
2009 Fantastic Mr. Fox
2009 The Men Who Stare at Goats
2009 Up in the Air
2008 Burn After Reading
2008 Leatherheads
2007 Michael Clayton
2007 Ocean's Thirteen
2006 The Good German
2005 Syriana
2005 Good Night, and Good Luck.
2004 Ocean's Twelve
2003 Intolerable Cruelty
2003 Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over
2002 Solaris
2002 Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
2002 Welcome to Collinwood
2001 Ocean's Eleven
2001 Spy Kids
2000 The Perfect Storm
2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou?
2000 Fail Safe (TV movie)
1999 Three Kings
1999 South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut
1998 The Thin Red Line
1998 Out of Sight
1997 The Peacemaker
1997 Batman & Robin
1996 One Fine Day
1996 From Dusk Till Dawn

Mine are:

The American
The Fantastic Mr. Fox
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Out of Sight
Up in the Air



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Re: Ranking George: Your Top 5

Post by adgran on Sat 23 Jun 2012, 14:07

Missa, I loved The American too but I don't think it hits my top 5. Can't rank The Descendants cause though I bought dvd, haven't watched it yet. So I'd pick - in no particular order - O Brother Where Art Thou?, Michael Clayton, Up In The Air, The American, and Oceans (which I lump together.)

Reason being I think those films show he DOES have more range than some give him credit for. And Oceans because it/they along with ER kind of established his public personna.

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Re: Ranking George: Your Top 5

Post by Missa on Sat 23 Jun 2012, 14:13

That's why I picked The American. It's such a tightly controlled performance, and his character is really not that likable, yet you really root for things to turn out for him. Very different from the "same old same old' he gets accused of playing. And if you get to lump the Ocean's films together, I get to add O Brother, which I skipped over and completely love. Smile
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Re: Ranking George: Your Top 5

Post by Cinderella on Sat 23 Jun 2012, 14:56

O Brother is my favorite.
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Re: Ranking George: Your Top 5

Post by lelacorb on Sat 23 Jun 2012, 16:28

The american and Three king
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Re: Ranking George: Your Top 5

Post by melbert on Sat 23 Jun 2012, 18:05

ALL the above. Sorry, I can't just rank 5. I'm a die-hard!!
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Re: Ranking George: Your Top 5

Post by playfuldeb on Sat 23 Jun 2012, 18:28

I havent even heard of a lot of those !!
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Re: Ranking George: Your Top 5

Post by janieb on Sat 23 Jun 2012, 18:35

Good Night and Good Luck
Michael Clayton
The Descendants
O'Brother Where Art Thou?
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

cheers
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Re: Ranking George: Your Top 5

Post by Joanna on Sat 23 Jun 2012, 19:03

Great Thread Idea Missa Coolio
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Re: Ranking George: Your Top 5

Post by davidarochelle on Sat 23 Jun 2012, 21:20

Sad that I've only been able to see a few of his films. Still it would be hard for me to rank them, because in some I liked his performance but felt at least one of his costars was weak, hurting the film (UITA). Overall performances were better in "The Perfect Storm."
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Re: Ranking George: Your Top 5

Post by zizi on Sat 23 Jun 2012, 21:28

Michael Clayton
Good Night and Good Luck
Out of Sight
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Up in the Air

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Re: Ranking George: Your Top 5

Post by Joanna on Sat 23 Jun 2012, 22:49

Good Night & Good Luck
The Descendants
O Brother Where Art Though ?
Syriana
Michael Clayton + The American
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Re: Ranking George: Your Top 5

Post by Missa on Sat 23 Jun 2012, 23:27

davidarochelle wrote:Sad that I've only been able to see a few of his films. Still it would be hard for me to rank them, because in some I liked his performance but felt at least one of his costars was weak, hurting the film (UITA). Overall performances were better in "The Perfect Storm."

That's an interesting way of looking at it. I was looking more at his individual performance and how much he carried the film. For example, I left off Syriana from my list, even though I think that's an excellent film overall and a great piece of work by George, because his role was no lager than anyone else's in that film. I think I came at it from, which of these movies will I stop and watch if I come across them on cable?

New question: which of the films he directed is your favorite? I can't choose between GNGL and Confessions; they're tied for #1.
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Re: Ranking George: Your Top 5

Post by Joanna on Sun 24 Jun 2012, 00:09

Oh for me GN&GL every time as I loved the subject matter
and the thrill of watching professional journalists working so well
together as a team during what became an historic period of my lifetime.
I thought both George and David had a brilliant rapport
and George's direction and attention to detail first class.

Oh I must watch it again soon....It's on at the moment on BBC2, but I like to watch my bluray copy best.
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Re: Ranking George: Your Top 5

Post by shvibziks on Sun 24 Jun 2012, 01:03

This is a hard one indeed.

- Out of Sight
- Michael Clayton
- Burn After
- The Fantastic Mr. Fox
- The Ides of March

I really wanna say The American but I have a slight aversion against it being so slow, George gives a really good performance in it though.
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Re: Ranking George: Your Top 5

Post by Maggy on Sun 24 Jun 2012, 03:48

I love all of G's films, but these are my fav.

2011 The Descendants
2005 Syriana
2003 Intolerable Cruelty
2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou?
2004 Ocean's Twelve (12 and 13, too)

and the rest...
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Re: Ranking George: Your Top 5

Post by Seth Gecko on Mon 25 Jun 2012, 11:30

I can't get uit down to 5, but I can tell youb the 5 that I have watched the most -

Oceans 11
Oceans 12
Oceans 13
Out Of Sight
From Dusk til Dawn

Seth x
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Re: Ranking George: Your Top 5

Post by lucy on Mon 25 Jun 2012, 14:27

Have no problem choosing 5 favs, it's putting a number to them I'm having problems with but here goes OOS,SOLARIS,COADM,FDTD,TD,OBWAT,MC, now I'm over 5 and my list is incomplete. Gonna have to agree with Melbert on this.
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Re: Ranking George: Your Top 5

Post by Joanna on Mon 25 Jun 2012, 14:59

Lucy, I think a lot of us feel the same too.

I just know of a couple I didn't care for and
the rest are WOWZERS Sofa bounce
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Re: Ranking George: Your Top 5

Post by Atalante on Mon 25 Jun 2012, 15:02

I hope the best are yet to come, ... tongue
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