Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The problem with "Cool Corruption"

So a quick thought from the recent Vegas trip:
While standing at the Bellagio fountains to film a little parody for Divine Comedy, I thought about the film Ocean's 11. I mean it's cool that such nice, attractive guys like Brad Pitt, George Clooney and that cute Cockney guy swiped millions of dollars from the mean, unattractive casino owner, right? He stole George's wife, hires goons to beat people up, and puts enough oil in his hair to supply a fast-food chain, so we know he's awful. But the problem is, the movie never shows the after-math of this ingenious heist. I mean, sure these 11 peeps (well 12) got millions, but what about all the employees of the casino? The Casino's investors and investments and all the people they employ? Can you imagine how many lay-offs resulted from this theft?

The problem is, George and Brad are just so dang cute and charming that they probably could have robbed a safe full of babies and we would have cheered, though mostly because babies don't keep well in safes. However, my point is that the movie paints the corrupt heroes in such a positive light and the bad-guy in such a negative, dark light (but not a black light-that would make people associate him with coolness and the Blue Man Group) that anything they did was rooted-for by us. So this question I pose to my dear friends... If you could pick the title and subject for another totally different Ocean's installment, what would it be?


Sarah said...

You forgot Matt Damon! Matt Damon is just as distractingly cute as George and Brad! Okay, that being said, how about - Ocean's Liner Spill.

George Clooney and Julia Roberts discover that their first child is being threatened by a mega oil conglomerate so that Danny Ocean will pull yet another incredible heist that will sabotage a rival mega oil conglomerate. To destroy the evil oil company, Danny Ocean assembles his team to cause an oil spill that will cripple the bad oil man and his public relations. The end shot harks back to the Bellagio Fountains, only it's bubbling oil. Sooo coooool.

...I feel like a horrible person for even suggesting it.

mlh said...

They finally get caught

Ocean's 10-25

Lindsi Michelle said...

Have I told you lately how much I love and appreciate you? No? Well, consider yourself told.... great blog name by the way.

The Former 786 said...

Mine would be "Billy Ocean's 11" where Billy Ocean would help Danny Ocean and his gang get their Carribbean Queens out of their dreams and into their cars so they could be their loverboys.

80s music rocks!!!!

Jeff Tromphlin said...

Mine would be Ocean Spray's 11. You have various juice and fruit mascots like the Chiquita banana lady, the Fruit of the Loom guys, the little girl from the Welch's commercials and others scrambling to steal a huge cache of cranberries.

Lobbie said...

Once again I am outdone by the genius of my friends. Oh wait, I never came up with one myself, so I wouldn't have to see myself outdone. Mwhahaha