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Snooth User: Philip James

Michael Clayton

Posted by Philip James, Mar 31, 2008.

I saw this over the weekend and was quite impressed. I just heard that Columbia Business School is using it to teach an ethics class, which made me laugh, as I wasnt sure which bit they'd focus on. Hopefully not the "killing people is unethical" part, but something deeper and more debatable.

A solid snooth 4 glasses (stars, whatever)


Reply by Mark Angelillo, Apr 2, 2008.

This is the general chat so I guess I don't blame you too much, but where's the wine pairing advice? What wine pairs well with Michael Clayton?

Speaking of -- who wants to start a Movie and Wine pairing blog? I'm unqualified.

Reply by Philip James, Apr 2, 2008.

Hmm, well there was a thread about wine and movies, but that was wine related movies ostensibly. Ironically, i cant find it now!

For Michael Clayton, something pensive and brooding. Its a muted, deep movie about ethics in corporate america, its also set in New York, so maybe a Super Tuscan?

Reply by gr, Apr 3, 2008.

@Philip: I also liked it, but 4 of 5 is pushing it. Even within Clooney vehicles, it's at best second place ("Syriana" is better, and I think I'm forgetting some), and it's not even in my top ten overall (neither, for the record, is "Syriana"). That said, it's the best newish film I've seen recently. (Bear in mind that I've a baseline distaste for Upton Sinclair meaning I should have known better than to go let a clumsy rendition of his work on screen beat me over the head with how evil I was for being a modern American, and that I was not confused but was periodically bored by "No Country for Old Men"'s cinematic presentation. Which is to say, it was a pretty lousy year.)

@mark: I just skimmed back through it. The closest this movie gets to wine is your choice of: a large bag of baguettes, a scene I seem to recall but couldn't find that involved "champagne" (no bottle in sight), likewise unfound scotch on a couple of occasions, and a long cab ride in Manhattan.

I wouldn't pair "Michael Clayton" with a wine at all, I'd pair it with a single malt on the rocks. Yes, rocks: that's for the ironic Punch.

Reply by Philip James, Apr 4, 2008.

Gr - there is Champagne in the movie. Quite symbolically so. Without giving the plot away, some dude has the bottle and 2 glasses chilling in the fridge for in case the girl comes around later...

By the way, who chills their champagne glasses?

Reply by Squirt, Apr 10, 2008.

We watched Michael Clayton and decided that it must have been an off year for movies. We tend to compare any recent movies against for Best Movie to Million Dollar Baby and most fall short.

Reply by Philip James, Apr 10, 2008.

Million Dollar Baby's about boxing? or something? OK, I obviously need to keep up more...

I watched Elizabeth the Golden Years and it made me feel so patriotic (being british) then i went and got Elizabeth the 1st one to fill in the blanks.

Reply by Chris Carpita, Apr 10, 2008.

Who falls on a stool, seriously?

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