Monday, February 27, 2012

Movie Mondays: Ocean's Eleven

After blogging about Mean Girls last week, I felt the need for something equally comedic but with a bit more of a plot to it. I ended up with this:
I mean, how can you go wrong with a movie that stars George Clooney, Brad Pitt AND Matt Damon? (Let's just not talk about Ocean's Twelve, okay??) It's slick, it's witty, and I love it forever.

Reasons why Ocean's Eleven is awesome:
1. The casting is completely flawless.
2. Rusty (Brad Pitt) reminds me of Dean Winchester. He's always eating, he has an old car that he refuses to replace, he's constantly pretending to be someone he's not, and he's kind of hilarious. Okay, so it only works if you ignore that whole demon hunting thing, but apart from that it totally works! Also, Brad Pitt is BRILLIANT in this.
Okay, Dean would never wear this outfit. But you can see it, right? Also, source.
3. The music. It's reminiscent of the Rat Pack era without sounding dated.
4. Rusty teaching celebrities to play poker. Hilarious.
5. Celebrities playing dumb caricatures of themselves.
Here, have some gratuitous Joshua Jackson playing poker. Also, source.
6. The scene where they're all silhouetted against the Bellagio Fountain at the end.
7. Don Cheadle as Basher.
8. Because I love a good heist movie.
9. Matt Damon as Linus.
10. Because sometimes you need to see the Vegas Strip without dead bodies and Who Are You playing over the top of it.
11. That the full genius of the heist and how it comes together is hidden from the audience until almost the very end.
12. George Clooney in a tuxedo.
13. The thug guy hurling himself around the room pretending to bash Danny (George Clooney).
14. Basher covering his groin before setting off the pinch.
15. Casey Affleck and Scott Caan as the Malloy brothers.

16. The truck vs remote controlled car race, as above.
17. Danny's conversation with his parole officer.
18. Elliot Gould as Reuben. He's perfect as the disgruntled former casino owner/bankroller.
19. Stephen Soderbergh as director. He's done some awesome stuff.
20. Shaobo Qin as The Amazing Yen. He'd never acted before, and I think he's amazing in this!

Plus, the following quotes:
- "I hope you were the groom."
- "Shane, you've got three pairs. You can't have six cards! You can't have six cards in a five card draw."
- "Now, they tell me I paid my debt to society." "Funny, I never got a cheque."
- "Tess is with Benedict now? She's too tall for him!"
- "Did someone call for a doctor?"
- "You're a thief and a liar." "I only lied about being a thief."
- "We need to get Rusty a girl!" "There's a women's prison just down the road?"
- "Ten oughta do it, don't you think?... You think we need one more?...You think we need one more... All right, we'll get one more."
- "Thirteen million and you drive this piece of shit cross country to pick me up?" "Blew it all on the suit."
- "Why do they always paint hallways that colour?" "They say taupe is very soothing."
- "I always confuse Monet and Manet. Now, which one married his mistress?" "Monet." "Right, and then Manet has syphilis." "They also painted occasionally."
- "It'll be nice, working with proper villains again."
- "Unless we intend to do this job in Reno, we're in Barney. [gets confused looks in response] Barney Rubble? [Danny shrugs] TROUBLE!!"
- "Why do this?" "Why not do it? [Rusty shakes his head] Cause yesterday I walked out of the joint after losing four years of my life and you're cold-decking Teen Beat cover boys. Cause the house always wins. Play long enough, you never change the stakes. The house takes you. Unless, when that perfect hand comes along, you bet, and you bet big, and then you take the house..." "Been practising this speech, haven't you?" "Little bit. Did I rush it? Felt like I rushed it." "No, it was good, I liked it. The Teen Beat thing was harsh."
- "Smash and grab job, huh?" "Slightly more complicated than that." "Well, yeah."
- "Apparently he's got a record longer than my.........well, it's long."
- "You're Bobby Caldwell's kid. From Chicago. It's nice there, do you like it?" "Yeah." "That's wonderful, get in the goddamn house."
- "What happened, Benedict? You get robbed or something?"

And my all time favourite line,
- "Ted Nugent called, he wants his shirt back."

Anyone else love a good banter-filled heist movie?
K xx


  1. Yeh, if only they'd stuck with just one movie.
    For another heist-type movie, I didn't mind the Italian Job - mostly for Edward Norton!

    1. I love The Italian Job, but it's totally because of Seth Green for me! From memory, Ocean's Thirteen wasn't COMPLETELY awful. But I've only seen it once, so I probably just remember it being better than Ocean's Twelve!

  2. I love this movie so much, for all the reasons you mentioned. Now I want to go watch it again.

    It really is sad how horrific Ocean's Twelve was. I had such high hopes after this one was so awesome.

    1. I actually think I'm going to have to rewatch it. Because I remember it being pretty bad, but I've forgotten pretty much everything that happens other than that they make Tess shove a pillow up her dress and pretend to be Julia Roberts, which was just dumb!

  3. This movie has some of the best lines ever. Even as a remake (though, I wouldn't call it that because the only thing that's essentially the same between the old and new one is "Hi, I'm a heist movie"), it's just ridiculously good. I love it so much.

    Also, I love Shaobo Qin so much. His role is just amazingly hilarious, especially when he's trying to get the bandaged hand out of the door before it explodes. SO ADORABLE.

    1. I have to admit, I've never entirely understood why he doesn't just unwrap the bandage rather than trying to pull it out...

  4. I need to watch this movie again, it really is great casting and I pretty much always like Matt Damon in films :)

    1. EXACTLY. You pretty much can't go wrong with a Matt Damon movie. Even if it's rubbish in terms of the plot, at least there's the pretty to look at!

  5. I loved this movie! I didn't even fall off to sleep. Loved it!

  6. Great movie. The cast is just awesome.

    1. It really is. And I'm impressed that they managed to get everyone to sign up for Twelve and Thirteen. From memory, at some point George Clooney persuaded everyone to take a pay cut so that they could make it. Now THAT'S dedication!

  7. YES! Love Ocean's 11 AND I love Italian job = mmm matt damon.

    1. My other favourite that I'd place in the 'heist' category is Maverick. Although it's less 'heist' and more 'sneaky poker playing'. But whatever!

  8. I do love Movie Mondays :-) you need to start doing movies I haven't seen though so I find more things to watch!

    1. Haha, I'll see what I can do in terms of more obscure films!!

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