There are many good reasons to choose Out Of Sight as a Movie Of The Week: To honor the legacy of author Elmore Leonard (who died one year ago today), because a new Leonard adaptation will soon hit theaters in the form of Life Of Crime, or because director Steven Soderbergh is making news with his TV series The Knick. But sometimes we choose Movies Of The Week simply because we want to rewatch them.
Out Of Sight is one of those rare movies with near-infinite rewatch value. Stumble across it on cable and you’ll likely end up sitting through to the end. Part of a small wave of terrific Leonard adaptations that included Get Shorty and Jackie Brown, Out Of Sight gets the feel of a Leonard novel right in ways that go beyond bringing his gift for dialogue to the screen. Perfectly cast and beautifully shot, it’s a breezy pleasure that slowly reveals the dangerous edge on which all its colorful characters live. Plus, its central pairing showcases incredible chemistry: George Clooney, as an unrepentant bank robber, and Jennifer Lopez, as a federal marshal determined to bring him in despite an obvious attraction. All that plus Albert Brooks.
Our week of Out Of Sight coverage begins with my Keynote on Tuesday. After Wednesday’s staff Forum about the film’s style, its use of its Florida and Detroit locations, and the career of Elmore Leonard, we’ll close things out with an essay on Steven Soderbergh’s career in the period between his breakthrough with Sex, Lies, And Videotape and his reemergence with Out Of Sight. The film’s trailer doesn’t quite get it right, but at least suggests the film’s charms:
Upcoming Movies Of The Week
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September 8: The Lady Eve
September 15: Grey Gardens
September 22: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon