more brief movie recaps

* *Michael Clayton* – it’s a solid movie but just not that memorable. Clooney needs to be able to joke around and be charming; he never gets to do that in this movie.

* *Eastern Promises* – modern-day Russian spy thriller; what’s not to love? Naked, tattooed Viggio Mortensen fighting in a men’s bathhouse. Lots of homo-erotic subtext, verging on being text. Should have been nominated for Best Picture; I hope Mortensen takes home the statue for Best Actor. But he probably won’t.