George Clooney Is Our Best Old-School Movie Star

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And by that I mean he harkens back to an era when movie stars were glamorous, a tad enigmatic, and full of instantly turn-on-able charm.

What's more, he's a reliable presence in movies, and no matter what he plays, he's always George Clooney, which winds up being extremely comforting for the viewer who wants just that.

Clooney can play an agent, a political candidate, or a big businessman, but you can always turn to him for that Clooney grin, those offhand remarks, and the fact that even if he's supposed to be a sleazeball, you'll be under his spell the way you were with Cary Grant or any number of 1930s matinee idols who could blithely alternate between light and dark.

He simply has "it" -- and it's not something that can be learned or store-bought. You simply exude it or you don't, and Clooney's always had it, making the act of igniting a movie camera look as effortless as charming talk-show hosts.

What's more, Clooney doesn't seem to age, and even if he does, Hollywood will long have a spot reserved for him as someone who provides the time-tested thrill of good old movie stardom.

I just saw The Idea of March, which he directed and co-starred in, and I'm going to see The Descendants, the Alexander Payne.

It's another big year for the man George Clooney and his gifts.



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Southern Dave
Southern Dave

God love ya, Ms. Hellman!

Even though you're both dead, Dotty still has a friend as long as you blog.

JW
JW

Why can't he come out instead of subjecting us to those supermodel beards he keeps parading around?  It's really annoying.

L. Hellman
L. Hellman

As Dorothy Parker wrote about the heroine of Elinor Glyn's famous novel, "Shenot only has It, she has Them."  Somehow appropriate to Mr. Clooney, I think, too.

Savannah Montgomery
Savannah Montgomery

I totally agree...plus he doesn't do the "put-me-on-the cover-of yr-mag" shenanigans.

Musto
Musto

I just saw The Descendants and he is superb. Economical acting at its best.

Barkley
Barkley

Liked him as Booker on "Roseanne", saw some of the Chuck Barris bio (still not sure if it's really a bio, was it "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind"?) and "O Brother Where Art Thou?", all the rest of his oeuvre I don't dig.

billyjoe
billyjoe

Clooney's acceptance speech for the best supporting actor Oscar (Syriana) was class personified.

Perry
Perry

I admire Clooney more than any actor today.  He takes risks, doesn't settle for the big bucks opening weekend, but prefers more substantial fare that will stand the test of time.  And, of course, he is absolutely the most handsome charmer of ANY age in films today.  I thought "Ides of March" was very good and can't wait to see "The Descendants," as I've heard it is even better!

Harbinger
Harbinger

You're right, he has a LOT in common with Cary Grant, lol.

rolph
rolph

You are obviously in love!!

Jonster
Jonster

I agree.  He has "it."  But I think Cary Grant had a better comedy gene.  Clooney's really not all that funny.  And I find a lot of his movies a bit boring to be frank.  But yep, Clooney's the closest thing to a handsome, closeted, American film idol in lady's underpants that we've got.  (Now...what's really going on between him and Rande Gerber?)

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