George Clooney’s newest film, The American, directed by Anton Corbijn, is a sort of combination of Clooney’s past films Up in the Air and Ocean’s Twelve/Thirteen. In one sense, Clooney’s character is deep, profound, and brooding, much like his character in Up in the Air. Yet though detailed and precise he is also an immoral “bad guy,” which is of the same vein as the character he played in the Ocean’s films. Unfortunately, The American deviates from the aforementioned films in that it fails to maintain the audience’s attention, sympathy, or concern for the character’s final outcome.
How much money do you have in your wallet? I’m not trying to be nosey. I want to make a very important point about what is wealth — and why what we call “dollars” have lost 80 percent of their purchasing power since I came kicking and screaming into the world.
Back when my family vacationed in Miami Beach, it wasn’t uncommon for the hotels abutting the shoreline to have high diving boards. I mean sometimes really high — maybe even the kind you see on Olympics telecasts. It was a scary jump for me as a child, but I think I mustered the courage once or twice. But I couldn’t as an adolescent. You see, the boards were closed down by then (circa 1980), an obvious victim of our society’s increasing litigiousness. Insurance regulations, you know.