OCEAN'S 13 - Visual Hollywood

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OCEAN'S 13 - Visual Hollywood

Everything you need toknow aboutOCEAN’S 13…and how it relates to youand the world around you.Includes info on the actors,director, with news, reviews,and photos.This presentation byDavid Brucevisualhollywood.com

SHORT SYNOPSISMovies Contain theEssence of Being HumanDanny Ocean (George Clooney) and the gang would have onlyone reason to pull off their most ambitious and risky casinoheist—to defend one of their own. When ruthless casino ownerWilly Bank (Al Pacino) double-crosses one of the originalOcean's eleven—Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould)—Danny and thegang team up one more time to see if they can break "the Bank."

KEY ACTORSThe Cinematic Arts Have thePower to Transform(L-R) EDDIE JEMISON as Livingston Dell, CASEY AFFLECK as VirgilMalloy, CARL REINER as Saul Bloom, SCOTT CAAN as Turk Malloy,BERNIE MAC as Frank Catton, ELLIOTT GOULD as Reuben Tishkoff,BRAD PITT as Rusty Ryan, GEORGE CLOONEY as Danny Ocean,MATT DAMON as Linus Caldwell, DON CHEADLE as Basher Tarr andSHAOBO QIN as Yen

KEY TALENTOur Artists AreOur LiberatorsProducer JERRY WEINTRAUB, GEORGE CLOONEY, who stars asDanny Ocean, and BRAD PITT, who stars as Rusty

ARTIST HIGHLIGHTGEORGE CLOONEY(Danny Ocean)is an Academy Award-winningwho has also been honored forhis work as a writer, directorand producer. He is currently inproduction on the romanticcomedy ―Leatherheads,‖ whichhe is directing and producingfrom a screenplay he co-wrote.Clooney is also starring in thefilm opposite Renée Zellweger.―Leatherheads‖ is the first filmto be produced by SmokeHouse, the production companyClooney recently launched withGrant Heslov.Actors areLiberators Unaware

ARTIST HIGHLIGHTELLEN BARKIN(Abigail Sponder)has been one of the industry’smost respected actresses formore than 25 years, with a widerange of roles in projectsencompassing major motionpictures and acclaimedindependent films, as well astelevision and theatre. Sherecently received rave reviewsfor her work in the independentfeature “Palindromes,” directedby Todd Solondz, and alsostarred in Spike Lee’s comedy“She Hate Me.”Actors help us: laugh, be happy, cry, get angry,and even think. Can there be any better gifts?

ARTIST HIGHLIGHTFilmmakers are Revolutionaries,Not Just EntertainersSTEVEN SODERBERGH(Director)won an Academy Award for BestDirector for his 2000 ensembledrama ―Traffic.‖ He had earneddual Best Director Oscarnominations that year, alsoreceiving one for ―ErinBrockovich,‖ starring JuliaRoberts in her Oscar-winningperformance. Soderbergh hadearlier gained an AcademyAward nomination for BestOriginal Screenplay for ―sex,lies, and videotape,‖ whichmarked his feature filmdirectorial debut. The film alsowon the Palme d’Or at the 1989Cannes Film Festival.

TRIVIA AND NEWSMovie Making is the Convergenceof Many Talents and Art FormsAl Pacino and Andy Garcia haveboth acted in The Godfather(1972) trilogy.Two members of Ocean's crew,The Malloy Brothers, are namedVirgil (Casey Affleck) and Turk(Scott Caan). This is a referenceto The Godfather (1972) in whichMichael Corleone (Al Pacino)guns down a character namedVirgil "The Turk" Sollozzo.Scott Caan co-stars with AlPacino in this film. His father,James Caan, played SonnyCorleone in The Godfather (1972),which was Pacino's breakthroughrole in Hollywood.

EXTENDED SYNOPSISStories areTransformingRuthless casinoowner Willy Bank(Al Pacino) neverimagined that theodds were againsthim when hedouble-crossedDanny Ocean’sfriend and mentorReuben Tishkoff(Elliott Gould),putting thedistraught Reubenin a hospital bed incritical condition.

EXTENDED SYNOPSISAll Kids are Born ArtisticWhat is Natural is EssentialBut Bank miscalculated…badly. He may have taken down one ofthe original Ocean’s eleven, but he left the others standing and,worse for him, gave them a shared purpose: to take Bank down onthe night of what should be his greatest triumph—the grandopening of his new casino, appropriately named The Bank.

EXTENDED SYNOPSISStories Embody theEssence of Being HumanTheir strategy istwofold. First theywill ruin himfinancially by turningthe tables on theprecept that thehouse always wins.But that’s justmoney. Theknockout punch willbe to Bank’spersonal pride andjoy: his reputation asthe only hotelier whohas earned the RoyalReview Board’s FiveDiamond Award onevery single one ofhis hotels.

EXTENDED SYNOPSISCinematic Story Telling is aProfoundly Humanizing endeavor.The plan is elaborate,dangerous and damnnear impossible…butthere are no limitswhen it comes to oneof their own.

EXTENDED SYNOPSISFilm making is aCommunity Event.The extended synopsiswith more information ofthe characters and storywill be presented here.This will enable you to getan even better idea ofwhat the film is about, interms of genre, style,setting, story, and talent.

CRITICAL OPINIONFree Artistic Expression isa Mark of a Free SocietyMuch of the spirit of the originalfilm.--Kirk Honeycutt, HollywoodReporterOcean's Thirteen: Dead in theWater--Richard Corliss, TIME MagazineWarner Bros. can bet on cashingin for yet another franchisepayday.--Todd McCarthy, VarietyIt’s so fun!--David Edelstein, New YorkMagazine

FILM REVIEWOCEAN’S THIRTEENArt is the Languageof LiberationThe Ocean series has been a runaway boxoffice success.Why? What is there about this film that makes it sopopular?Answer: It is about friends who really like each other. Hereare friends who work together while having incredible fun. Itis popular for the same reason the TV series Cheers andFriends were; It celebrates friendship.Baltasar Gracian has well stated: ―True friendship multipliesthe good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends,for life without friends is like life on a desert island..‖

FINDING TRUTH inOCEAN’S THIRTEEN―Friendship marks a life even moredeeply than love. Love risksdegenerating into obsession,friendship is never anything butsharing.‖ --Elie Wiesel―The essence of true friendship is tomake allowances for another's littlelapses.‖ --British Novelist David Storey

LIFE CONNECTIONSArt is aLiberating Force

WHY MOVIES ARE SO IMPORTANTTo Restrict Creativity is to Restrictthe very Nature of the Creator"The meaning of life is the most urgent ofquestions" --Albert Camus (Existentialist thinker).In “Movies and the Meaning of Life” author KimberlyBlessing points out that movies can help us reflecton five of life’s most important questions:1) What is reality and how can I know it?2) How can I find my true identity?3) What the significance of my interactions withothers?4) What’s the point of my life?5) How ought I to live my life?The idea behind Visual Hollywood is that Movies canand must play an essential role helping us explorethe meaning of our existence and our life together.No other quest is more necessary or important.Movies are powerful. Movies bring personalmeaning, and can contribute to a peaceful world.Cinematic story telling can be a transforming event.Visual Hollywood takesan existential approachto life. We celebratewith human freedom.We use movies and thearts as a means ofunderstanding thehuman condition andour collective relationto the world around us.Our basic quest is:1. To know what itmeans to be human inthe world.2. The pursuit of humanfreedom.

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