An etherealgirl's Adventures in Cyberland

Sunday, October 16, 2005

good night and good luck

Hubby and sis and I saw this last night and it was just amazing! If ever a movie's time had come this is that moment in time. I love David Strathairn, Robert Downey Jr. and Patricia Clarkson (hey, look who has the exact same birthdate as my little sis!) anyway, but Stathairn, particularly, gives a career performance! And that's saying alot for this highly underrated character actor, because he is always memorable, imho.

I've gotta hand to George Clooney, too, whom I think maybe I underestimated (I was never into the original Rat Pack or Ocean's 11 and I didn't have any greater interest in either the remake or the sequel; just not my thing, sorry) because this is a film to be proud of and he co-wrote and directed it.

I urge everybody to run, not walk, to the nearest theatre playing this work of art that perfectly captures a vintage, pivotal, and totally critical moment in our nation's history!

BTW, the soundtrack (featuring Dianne Reeves) was so good that hubby just bought it from iTunes we've been enjoying it off and on all day!

Presenting my new desktop courtesy of the official movie site's download section:

my new desktop: good night and good luck

Good Night and Good Luck desktop wallpaper
© 2005 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.

The quote on the wallpaper, which is hard to read here, is pivotal to the whole movie and is hauntingly appropriate in these sobering times:

"We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends on evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, of one another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men -- not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular."

~~~ Edward R. Murrow

The movie has a prescient moment at the opening and closing of it; all about the power of television as potential opiate, propaganda or teacher. Alot of that has to do with the willingness and the ability of, and indeed the acceptance of responsibility for a national self-motivation to stay educated and informed. Scary and sad how very lost we seem to have become....

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