The Men Who Stare At Goats

Jason Singer
Mar 23, 2010

At least in terms of revenues, Hollywood had it's best summer ever: It racked up more than $4.31 billion, topping 2007's $4.16 billion.

But as autumns rolls around, Hollywood turns a new leaf. Summer blockbusters? Out. Oscar contenders? In. So every day for the next two weeks, we'll preview interesting fall/winter movies headed to the big screen, some which you may know about ("Sherlock Holmes"), others which you probably don't ("Bronson"). Today, we'll start with "The Men Who Stare At Goats."

"Goats," starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey, is the bizarre true story of the U.S. Military's commitment to training "psychic soldiers" for the War on Terror. Based on a book by gonzo jorunalist Jon Ronson, the movie gets its name from the soldiers trained to kill goats just by looking at them.

While Clooney's other film, "Up in the Air," has received more Oscar buzz, don't be surprised if "Goats" uses its Jedi mind tricks to snatch a nomination or two in the Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay categories. It's so-strange-it-must-be-true premise, combined with Clooney, Spacey and Bridges' underused comedic chops, should entrance both audiences and critics alike.

In his new role as a druggy, zany lietutenant colonel in the U.S. Army, Bridges looks like he channels "The Dude," an added bonus for "The Big Lebowski" fans needing a snack to hold them over until the next Lebowski Fest. "Goats" is scheduled for release Nov. 6. It's directed by Grant Heslov (writer/producer "Good Night, and Good Luck"). Check out the trailer below: