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Good Night, and Good Luck, a review by Rich


Good Night, and Good Luck



George Clooney's Oscar-nominated docudrama pits TV newsman Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) against Sen. Joseph McCarthy and his single-minded crusade to quell the red threat at home. Despite corporate pressure to back off, Murrow and his CBS staff are determined to examine the lies and fear tactics perpetrated by McCarthy during his Communist witch-hunts. The impressive cast includes Robert Downey Jr., Patricia Clarkson and Jeff Daniels.

I came to this film totally blind regarding Ed Murrow, and generally uninformed about the whole McCarthy witchhunt period of US history. I come away from the film knowing more, but wondering if there are better and more dramatic stories out there from this period that could be told?
A good looking film, you get an excellent period feel with the B&W portrayal, convincing wardrobes and props etc. The direction was good, and the film was easy to watch with time flying by.
Perhaps of much greater interest to a viewer who lived through these times, it is still a good purchase and I am pleased to have watched it.
 ;D


(From Riches Random Reviews on January 7th, 2009)

Member's Reviews

Perfume, a review by KinkyCyborg


Perfume




Title:Perfume
Year: 2001
Director: Michael Rymer
Rating: R
Length: 106 Min.
Video: Widescreen :1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital: 5.1
Subtitles: English, Spanish

Stars:
Lysa Apostle
Joanne Baron
Monrena Baccarin
Kylie Bax
Angela Bettis

Plot:
New York City is the epicenter of the global fashion industry, a high-stakes world as powerful as the superstars it celebrates and as tenuous as the trends it exploits. Perfume is the story of two women who are partners in an up-and-coming design firm. Overnight, one will find herself stripped of all dignity. The other will betray her very essence for fashion's ultimate deal. Through it all, we meet the myriad of movers, shakers, players, and lovers that power this cutthroat life of hype, image and artifice.

Extras:
Scene Access
Feature Trailers

My Thoughts:

It's been a long time that a movie made me want to stop watching... and while I did finish it (morbid fool that I am) I fingered the eject button to the very end.

Meant to be a raw, blunt testimonial to the fashion industry, this film is one of those 'artistic' attempts at film making. In reality this is just a convoluted mess of one shitty improvised scene after another. A decent cast, all of whom demonstrate just what piss poor actors they are without a script, manage to embarrass themselves for nearly 2 hours.

Paul Sorvino was the only one who gave a halfway decent performance as a Versace-esque fashion icon. Jeff Goldblum, who constantly jibbers and stammers even with script in hand surely landed himself the role of Special Olympics spokesperson after this debacle.

I bet you a good 1/5 of this movie was lost to dramatic pauses between lines as the actors minds raced trying to improvise their lines. Brutal!

This movie is a classic example of what happens when a group of actors and celebrities all get wasted and stoned at one of their Hollywood parties and one of them declares 'Hey, lets whip up a movie and just make it up as we go along!'

KC


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(From KinkyCyborg's Random Reviews 2010 on October 29th, 2010)

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"Due South" marathon, a review by Rick


A Cop, A Mountie And A Baby.
Good episode but nothing that great I didn't think. Best part of the story was the wolf.
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The Gift of the Wheelman
I'm a sap for Christmas episodes. This one was a little lacking. I think in part due to the missing "Christmas episode" standard music. There were a couple of hints toward some carols but there was a Scottish type theme playing for most of the episode.
Unlike Pere I did enjoy the interaction with the dad. It was especially good in the firefight scene where Ray was sitting right there.
Dad "Here... use my gun"
Fraser "I can't... it's imaginary"
 :laugh:
Thanks Tom for pointing out it was Ryan Phillippe as the kid. I hadn't recognized him previously.  
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(From "Due South" marathon on July 12th, 2009)