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Sunday, October 23, 2005


Even though she was feeling under the weather, Mama Dog was nice enough to let me go out this afternoon to see Good Night and Good Luck. It’ll be her turn to go see it next weekend. As you may have noticed, I don’t really do movie reviews,* so I’ll just say – Charles, you already know the subject matter would be of interest to you, so you should probably go see it if you haven’t already.

And if you’re the sort who likes to got straight to the source, I saw a really positive review today of The Edward R. Murrow Collection, which was released earlier this year but is getting an extra marketing push with the release of the movie. (Odd they didn’t wait and roll it out concurrent with the movie, but there you go.)
*Because if my opinion makes a difference to your cinematic choices, there’s something terribly wrong with you.


Blogger Brownstein said...

On the strength of this recommendation, I endured the horror that is a movie theater to watch this film. It was worth it, though the trailers get more cloying, the smell of popcorn nauseates me, and the chitter chatter of moviegoers is something like scratchings on a chalkboard to me. Notwithstanding the wretched humanity, this was an excellent testament to the ideal of journalist as hero, and a fascinating portrait of its era.

Clooney is proving to be an intriquing director. His first film was the weakest of the Charlie Kaufman scripts I've seen, but still an entertaining smart romp. But taken alongside "Good Night" the films share a fascination with broadcasting that is illuminating. Clooney's social conscience really comes out in "Good Night, and Good Luck," and my hope is that he continues on this path and creates a definitive fictional document about the medium.

For a professional pretty boy, who'd have thought he'd turn out to be such a smart filmmaker?

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