The most manly rock movie of all time, Ocean’s Eleven, was released 20 years ago today. That’s 20 years of George Clooney and Brad Pitt looking unfathomably cool, 20 years of “may as well call it whitejack,” and 20 years of Don Cheadle’s strange accent.
Ocean’s Eleven was written by Ted Griffin and directed by Steven Soderbergh, who was initially hesitant about taking on the project. It was based on the Rat Pack-starring 1960 film of the same name (although the “11” isn’t spelled out in the original). “There is, in my opinion, a particular technical standard involved in making a film like this, and I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to meet it, so I made sure to do a lot of homework.” In a 2002 interview, he noted, “I researched several film makers that I thought were comfortable working in this sort of environment, merely in terms of technical ability.”
While 343 Industries now owns Halo, Bungie recalls the game that helped it grow into the behemoth it is today. That’s why the Magnum Pistol, Battle Rifle, and Energy Sword are heavily featured in the trailer. Bungie is known for more than simply Halo and Destiny; they’ve also created games like Marathon and Myth. We might be able to locate even more Easter Eggs if we look hard enough.
Let’s give it up for Reuben:
On the 20th anniversary, people are praising “the only truly good movie.”