Sunday, November 22, 2009

January 9, 2010 - Jackie Brown & Out of Sight

If you're wondering what would possess me to pair a Quentin Tarantino film with a Steven Soderbergh film, you're obviously not a big fan of Elmore Leonard.

Jackie Brown and Out of Sight are excellent adaptations of two of the late author's crime novels. They even share a secondary character, that of Ray Nicolet, portrayed in both films by Michael Keaton. He makes for an interesting thread that I felt justified pairing what I consider to be the best films by each director.

We enjoyed both films theatrically originally (it's hard to believe how many years ago!), and I still think the performances by the leads in each (Robert Forster and Pam Grier in Jackie Brown, George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez in Out of Sight) are among the best if not the best of their respective careers. And each film features a great ensemble cast with great performances all around.

Leonard's razor wit and colorful characters shine through in each film, which should make for a fun night in The Slaughtered Lamb.

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