January 17th, 2006

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

The complicated "Syriana" suffers from an Oliver Stone complex...

"Syriana" is a deliberately complicated movie about
passive aggressive terrorism. Acts of violence occur
and the wrong people get hurt. The film's narrative
shifts from George Clooney to Matt Damon and the
sinister Christopher Plummer. Eventually Tim Blake
Nelson shows up as a Washington D.C. insider and
provides the audience the core assertion of "Syriana”

"Corruption? Corruption is our protection! Corruption
keeps us safe and warm! Corruption is why you and I
are prancing around in here instead of fighting over
scraps of meat out in the streets! Corruption... is
why we win!" "

“Syriana" had the potential to be a
thought provoking contemporary political action
thriller. Instead, the producers fall into the Oliver
Stone School of Conspiracy Theory and just provide
obvious problems about today's woes. The producers
seem so self absorbed with American guilt that cannot
propose constructive solutions. While wallowing in
misery, "Syriana'” succeeds. Clooney earned his
Golden Globe Best Supporting award as a CIA operative
who gets tortured.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

"Good Night and Good Luck" Mr. Murrow

George Clooney acts and directs his homage to CBS News
in “Good Night and Good Luck.” A much better film than
“Syriana,” “Good Night and Good Luck” provides a
linear narrative that easily takes viewers from Point
“A” to Point “B.” Shot in black and white and infused
with martini jazz, “Good Night and Good Luck” details
Edward R. Murrow’s (David Strathairn) explosive
television news interview with Senator Joe McCarthy
(portraying himself in documentary footage).

In journalism schools, the name "Edward R. Murrow"
inspires as much awe and reverence as Abraham Lincoln
does for the Republican Party. David Straithairn
does an impressive job underplaying Edward R. Murrow.
During one scene in which McCarthy touches a nerve,
the actor does an excellent job masking his pain,
while his body language suggests he is receiving
a body blow.

During the actual footage of McLellan questioning
McCarthy, a very young Bobby Kennedy can be seen.
Too bad there isn’t a mainstream journalist with the
same Edward R. Murrow integrity who can take on the
Senator Ted Kennedy, Bobby‘s abusive little brother,
Senator Ted.

"Good Night and Good Luck" has been rated alongside
"All the President's Men" as one of the best movies
about modern journalism. It is good, but one must not
forget "The Insider," the Al Pacino-Russel Crowe drama
from seven years ago. "The Insider" presents what happens
to a conceited news organization that forgets the hallowed
journalism ethics of Edward R. Murrow.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Golden Globe wrap up and an alternative blog

The Golden Globes party has come to pass and it looks
like the Academy Award showdown will be between
sheepherders of “Brokeback Mountain” and the country
singers of “Walk the Line.” Despite the media hype,
George Clooney’s recent movies, “Syriana” and “Good
Night and Good Luck” have been a disappointment at
both the box office and with the Hollywood Foreign
Press. It is too bad for Clooney, because one of
his movies is actually pretty good.

If you would like to read a fun take on the Golden Globes,
check out Phoebe Flowers' blog with the Sun Sentinel

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