The Men Who Stare at Goats. Grade: B-minus. (Based on advance VIP press preview - Thurs. 11/5)

Written November 06, 2009
Grant Heslov directed this 1.5hr comedy that was based on journalist/author Jon Ronson's 2004 book of the same title which chronicled Ronson's investigations into the U.S. Army's attempts to use psychic abilities. This wacky satire starred George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey, Robert Patrick, and Stephen Lang - a competent cast that turned in wonderfully hilarious amusing performances that began with Stephen Lang trying(with dire consequence) to run through a wall. From then on the witty whimsical laughs just kept piling up with each scene more amusing, incredulous and outrageous than the previous. Honestly, I am STILL chuckling as I recall a few of the bizarre antics and rib-tickling scenes. Jedi-jokes aplenty - w/ Ewan keeping a straight face. Decent production values, moderate pacing plus minimalist plot and multiple flashbacks helped gel this eccentric movie. VERDICT: If you enjoy satires and farcical movies, this is a gem you MUST SEE.
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The Men Who Stare At Goats

By hoodle
Written November 06, 2009
What a delightful and humorous movie. These great actors show such a wonderful, funny side of themselves. We loved it!
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G.I. Shamans

By GravityOfLight
Written October 30, 2009
The Brit reporter who wrote the book also accompanied ALEX JONES' highstakes infiltration of the notorious "BILLIONAIRES' SUMMER CAMP" of BOHEMIAN GROVE north of San Francisco a few years ago. Some flavor of the Bohemian Grove story can be seen in "Eyes Wide Shut", Kubrick's last movie (he died before completing it himself). More of the public is becoming aware of these shadowy, bizarre, but perhaps crucial doings shuffling around backstage. It seems that a number of the brightest filmmakers are trying a new formula since the public is put-off by the relentlessly gritty and brutal expositions of these subjects: they're played for LAUGHS now. I think it works. The cast line-up in "Goats" itself promises to be a quirky introduction to the world of military psy-op mentality.
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An Insult to our Military

By Aweshucks
Written November 14, 2009
I went to this movie mistakenly believing that it was a comedy, and for the cast. I found this movie to be a Liberal Insult to our Military. Based on a "true" story? That may be - but only the basic story line. But the Directors and Producers here took it over the line by making our brave soldiers appear not only incompetent, but an embarrassment. They then insult our military further, by implying that all we need to do, is give the enemy a flower and sit and talk to them, and they'l like us - really, really like us. Because we really don't want to hurt them - they're just misunderstood. Now, let's all go and hug a tree and sit around the camp fire and sing koom-ba-yah. On a side note, of the 20 or so people in the theater - 1/2 walked out within the 1st hour, and 2 more left before the end. I stayed only for sheer curiousity to see if it would get better - and sadly, it didn't.
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Too far-fetched for even the biggest tongue in the biggest cheek to save

By dvc66
Written November 06, 2009
I really wanted to like this spoof on mental warfare by mental/psychic warriors but it never got there. The premise was pretty far out there to begin with: leftovers from a unit of psychic ("Jedi") soldiers in the Vietnam-era Army are still around during the Iraq War and one of them (Clooney) is trying to find out who they are and what they are doing--I think. It was more easy to believe that a pony-tailed Colonel (Bridges) could run a unit at Ft Bragg, NC, than it was to follow the story line. In the end it was tired, hackneyed, scatter-brained. This ended up being, sadly, just another line up of big name buddy stars surrounding Clooney in a lousy movie. I was bored, my wife was bored and you could pretty much tell the rest of the audience was unimpressed. Save your money for the Redbox.
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