Michael Clayton ★★★★★

"I'm not the guy you kill, I'm the guy you buy. Are you so fucking blind that you don't even see what I am? I sold out Arthur for 80 grand! I'm your easiest problem and you're gonna kill me?"

After my fourth watch in under a year, I think it's safe to say that Michael Clayton is one of my new personal favorites. It's hard to imagine a better lead for this character-driven mystery than the classically charismatic George Clooney.

Clayton is a conflicted man propelled by his ideals in a profession centered around money. He's the man who gets the job done, even if it means not getting around to reading his son's favorite book. But he's also the man who will get his troubled brother money, even if it means possibly giving his bosses the wrong impression. When all the cards are on the table and he knows what the right thing to do is, he's going to do it, no matter the cost.

And Robert Elswit is going to take some unbelievably gorgeous shots of him doing it. And Tom Wilkinson is going to give one of the best monologues in recent memory. And Tilda Swinton is going to continue to prove that's she's capable of anything.