George Clooney: the Collection

George Clooney: the Collection

Director: Michael Hoffman, Steven Soderbergh, Terrence Malick

Cast: Michael Hoffman, Steven Soderbergh, Terrence Malick, George Clooney

     
 

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Even without money problems, many divorced single parents have a hard row to hoe. At the drop of a hat, a competent, responsible professional person can be reduced to a frazzled, bumbling parent, when his or her children become unexpected daytime wards. This is what happens to Jack Taylor (George Clooney) when his ex-wife suddenly decides to elope, leaving their

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Even without money problems, many divorced single parents have a hard row to hoe. At the drop of a hat, a competent, responsible professional person can be reduced to a frazzled, bumbling parent, when his or her children become unexpected daytime wards. This is what happens to Jack Taylor (George Clooney) when his ex-wife suddenly decides to elope, leaving their daughter with him. Unhappily for him, his reporting job demands one-hundred-percent commitment as he attempts to link corruption with city hall. The same sort of thing is true in the life of architect Melanie Parker (Michelle Pfeiffer). She must not only somehow prepare a complex multimillion-dollar real-estate development presentation, but must also keep up the pretense that she doesn't have a son because her boss loathes children. When Jack flubs his assignment of getting the two children off on a school day-trip, he and Melanie, who barely know each other, have to take turns caring for the kids. Mishap follows mishap, as the initially antagonistic Jack and Melanie get to know one another.

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Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
In this underappreciated remake, director Steven Soderbergh breathes new life into author Stanislaw Lem's metaphysical sci-fi tale. George Clooney is Chris Kelvin, a psychologist sent to investigate strange happenings aboard the space station Prometheus, which orbits the oceanic planet Solaris. Once aboard, Kelvin finds two of the four crew members dead and the two survivors in psychological shock, and he soon discovers the cause: "visitors," inhuman manifestations inhabiting various recesses of the Prometheus crew's memories. Kelvin's own visitor appears in the form of his deceased wife (Natascha McElhone), and it is here that Soderbergh's contemplative film truly whirls into the realm of the mind-bending. Less science fiction and more existential relationship drama, Solaris appears to take its cues less from Lem's original story than from Andrei Tarkovsky's 1972 film adaptation -- not to mention some heavy references to 2001: A Space Odyssey. And while it is less languorous and intense than Tarkovsky's film, Soderbergh's beautifully shot picture retains both the intellectual ambition and poetry of the original. Clooney maintains his ranking as the director's best-used star; his trademark sideways charm is well balanced with a tight-lipped quality reminiscent of Tarkovsky's leading man, Donatas Banionis. (That Clooney bears a passing resemblance to Banionis helps, too.) Though coolly received at the box office -- and understandably so, as this is no Matrix -- Solaris manages to respect and recall its source material while achieving its own unique dignity.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/06/2006
UPC:
0024543246718
Source:
20th Century Fox

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Clooney Dr. Chris Kelvin,Jack Taylor,Capt. Charles Bosche
Michelle Pfeiffer Melanie Parker
Sean Penn First Sgt. Edward Welsh
Adrien Brody Cpl. Fife
Natascha McElhone Rheya
James Caviezel Pvt. Witt
Jeremy Davies Snow
Mae Whitman Maggie Taylor
Alex D. Linz Sammy Parker
Ben Chaplin Pvt. Bell
Viola Davis Dr. Helen Gordon
Charles Durning Lew
Ulrich Tukur Gibarian
Robert Klein Dr. Martin

Technical Credits
Michael Hoffman Director
Steven Soderbergh Director
Terrence Malick Director

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