Out of Sight (1998)

Out of Sight
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Written by Scott Frank based on the novel by Elmore Leonard
(number 334)

Jennifer Lopez and George Clooney are very pretty people. They’re also in this movie where they’re very cool and talk all dry and sardonic to each other. So, if that’s all you need in a movie, maybe this is for you?

Look, really early on, Jack threatens to rape Karen. He immediately follows it up with ‘I’ve never done that in my life’ but the threat’s still there. It’s hard to get past that…. especially when it happens so early on. I guess it’s to show that he’s a hard man, a criminal. I don’t like it. I couldn’t forget it.

I really like the sequence in the hotel bar, they seem to really connect in a way I enjoy in that time and I see the chemistry between them. Up to that point it seemed sort of forced in the same way Karen thought the movie characters were during the conversation in the car boot. I also liked the view out of the hotel window, it was really charming seeing the snow fall and everything.

The cinematography of the movie is quite lovely. Especially the interiors of the fancy houses, really shows off the luxe aspects.

Does it make me love the people? I don’t know. It seems like they’re more stereotypes than characters, but Karen is pretty bad ass. I guess it’s hard to dislike Clooney and this is him at maximum gravelly voiced cool. The film is stuffed full of great character actors but I feel like for the most part they’re relegated to being ‘thug’ or ‘thug in prison’ which is a bit of a shame. Don Cheadle did a great job but his character was almost identical to Luis Guizman’s or Ving Rhames’s. It’s tempting to say this is racism but suspect it’s the fault of the original author.

Bechdel test: Karen talks to Adele but it’s only about men, and later on to Moselle, mostly about men but they have a brief interchange in the middle about Moselle’s old dog so it’s a pass.

Best line:

[Opening a birthday gift from dad]
Karen Sisco: Oh my God, it’s beautiful.
Marshall Sisco: It’s a um…
Karen Sisco: Sig-Sauer 380.
Marshall Sisco: Right.
Karen Sisco: I love it, thanks Dad.

State of Mind: I dunno. I think I’m just not that into movies like this. Like a slightly boring session of Fiasco which characters which are good ideas but not at all fleshed our or made interesting with quirks.

Watched movie count


Oceans Eleven

Number 500 on the list.

A heist movie. Remake of a brat pack movie and a definitely vehicle for George Clooney, Brad Pitt and to a lesser extent Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and Julia Roberts to be terribly cool.

Blair pointed out that Brad Pitt is almost always eating, which was pretty funny. He looked so young! And Matt Damon’s Linus was adorably goofy, especially when he had to wear a suit and be suave.

Overall it was a funny, fun movie.

I dunno if it’s one of the 500 best movies I’ve ever seen. It made me want to watch similar films like The Italian Job, Blues Bothers or Mission Impossible or something.

It’s hard not to be charmed though. I enjoyed it, I laughed, I was rooting for them. I just kinda feel like, it’s a bit forgettable. Maybe there’s been too many movies of this kind, maybe it was too self conscious of how cool it was?

Good start to the project though, it was cute, and I may watch it again some day. Maybe.