Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)

Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)
Director : George Clooney
Cast : David Straithairn, George Clooney, Frank Langella, Robert Downey Jr., Patricia Clarkson
Tagline : We will not walk in fear of one another

It's one the gem in my stash of DVDs and definitely a must-watch for journalist and media practitioners. Clooney proved his talents not only in his acting (Syriana, Up in the Air) but he wrote (with Grant Heslov) and directed this feature and was nominated generously though I would say luck was not in his side when it didn't win more awards as it should have (Straithairn had to compete with Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote). However, Clooney was rewarded with an Oscar by his turn in Syriana.

The movie reminded us on the McCarthyism and its universal danger itself. Shot in stylish black-and-white, it cleverly intersects with the live-footages and documentaries to portray McCarthy and a slew of real characters played flawlessly by an ensemble of amazing actors. The movie was cut into segments marked by a singing Dianne West and the jazz band was a brilliant play to the fact that each cut was exactly 23mins, which was the length of the TV shows such as the one portrayed in the movie during that era. I would say it's time well-spent!

1 comment:

steph said...

hav u watched GA latest episode?? my heart almost jumped out - hmm...i think it did.