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56. The Men Who Stare at Goats

Published May 15, 2010

Fast Facts

Title: The Men Who Stare at Goats Director: Grant Heslov Year: 2009 Run time: 1hr 33

Background Info

I saw a trailer for this a long time ago and knew I was keen to watch it. The yellowness of the iTunes page and the cover are a little offputting, but I can’t resist a film with George Clooney in it.

Live Blog

00:00:50 - That is quite the moustache. Is this a staring competition? 00:04:45 - It’s interesting that some films need a lot of talking to introduce them. 00:05:36 - It’s Charlotte! 00:09:22 - I’m a bit confused about the time frame here, but that’s okay. ****00:12:08 - A Jedi warrior counts lights? 00:12:27 - The Jedi thing goes over my head, sadly. Mr C loves it though. ****00:15:34 - I like that he just invited him along with George. He doesn’t know him from anyone, really. 00:18:27 - “Alternative” fighting practices. 00:21:59 - I really need to research my wars and stuff. 00:27:45 - This film is funny. 00:30:11 - “Optimum trajectory.” It’s like putting big words together just so it sounds good. 00:32:50 - Ironic attacking! 00:40:56 - I’m actually impressed with the psychic-ness now. 00:42:49 - Yay, love this song. 00:42:59 - Star Wars must be next on the list for me. Mr C is getting all this stuff that I am not. 00:47:19 - Uh oh, a man I recognise but don’t know and my IMDB is busy with the stopwatch. 00:48:07 - I wish I could do that at the petrol station. It would save queuing. 00:51:27 - I’m worried I might try cloud bursting next time I look out the window. 00:52:59 - I can’t believe they would even ask her! Love it. 00:58:54 - Level two sounds suspiciously like the “coke or pepsi” game. 01:00:59 - I’m surprised he’s surprised at the lack of “facts” involved in the mission. 01:05:22 - So if this is based on real life - someone actually killed a goat by staring at it? 01:11:56 - Always skeptical about subliminal messaging in songs.**** 01:22:04 - Oh my god! Tank driving under the influence. 01:25:03 - It does make you worry a bit about the Army though. 01:26:55 - Not Deborah, Charlotte.

Conclusions

Love, love, love it. The story is ridiculous but brilliant. It’s a little bit slapstick, but intelligent with it. It’s not too soppy, but you can tell the emotions are there, and the people involved really believe what they’re doing. He kills goats and bursts clouds, you know. Highly recommended as long as you don’t take it too seriously.

Rating: 55

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