Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of hight quality "short" films. Easy…
Good Night, and Good Luck.
They took on the Government with nothing but the truth.
George Clooney’s fact-based drama about the famous radio journalist Edward R Murrow's stand against Senator McCarthy's anti-communist witch-hunts in the early 1950s.
Good Night, and Good Luck, directed by George Clooney, is a class act from start to finish. Robert Elswit's scrumptious cinematography provides the allure for a film that otherwise might bore some, especially since the screenplay gets straight to the point, causing the film to be completely devoid of heightened tension. Clooney takes a layered and matter of fact route with this iconic story of Edward R. Murrow and Joseph McCarthy, using a cracking script and a massive cast list of dedicated performers to sell every moment. David Strathairn is the highlight of the whole film, with the main broadcasts conveying an impressive amount of fear and historical importance.
A single problem keeps this little movie (although the subject is…
Every country has its dark periods in history, often with filled with war and intolerance. It does not happen that often though that a country turns on itself, fearing a secular belief associated with an enemy far away. McCarthy's witchhunt for communist sympathisers has always been a historical event that has intrigued me. It turned one of the most powerful nations in the world into a paranoia ridden country fueled by intolerance and fear. It shows that the drive of one person can lead to dangers that affect an entire country, ruining many lives in the process.
Clooney provides us with a stunningly accurate slice of history. He documents the fight of legendary…
A masterclass of filmmaking from start to finish.
So informative of history.
So exquisite of facts.
There needs to be more reporters like Edward Murrow, hands down, who doesn't give a crap about the extreme political tactics nor offending anyone and takes it like it is. Goes for honesty instead of the ratings. Man, the news media today needs more of that instead of the PC bull today.
Thank you George Clooney for making this. It made my 4th of July stick.
"Funny thing, Freddie, every time you light a cigarette for me, I know you're lying."
Good Night, and Good Luck is a powerful and gripping political drama that portrays the 1950's era with the perfect atmosphere of the fear of Communism lived through that times.
The power of dialogue is immense and no matter the slow paced of the film, you never get bored!
David Strathairn steals the show and gives an absolutely great performance as Edward R. Murrow the CBS news reporter , which gave him a well deserved Oscar nomination. The rest of the members of cast, as the group of journalist who worked with Murrow gave authentic performances, George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr, Patricia Clarkson, Frank Langella among others were all fantastic. What is also amazing about this film is how any…
¨There is a great and perhaps decisive battle to be fought against ignorance, intolerance and indifference. This weapon of television could be useful. The instrument can teach, it can illuminate. Yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise, it is merely lights and wires in a box¨
Good Night, and Good Luck is a very intelligent film and it has some great performances as well as it focuses on real events from the 50`s dealing with TV journalist Edward Murrow and his confrontation with Senator McCarthy. It is a political film and one of the best movies about television journalism as well.…
There is nothing I love more in film than good dialogue, and this film uses it so exceptionally, and is utterly unrelenting in its power. Every aspect of this film was captivating, most notably the performance by David Strathairn as the unwavering and high-minded Edward R. Murrow, who delivered each line with such conviction and belief.
One of the greatest aspects of this film was the feel of it. All of the little details which made it feel so genuine to the 1950's, is really what helped make this film so complete. The supporting cast was absolutely flawless and each character added more depth necessary to make the film succeed so admirably.
Perhaps it is because I myself graduated with…
Clooney’s love for truth, media and political history films can be recognized all through his most stylish and best directional effort. The shot of David Strathairn (in his career-best performance) working with a typewriter in an office hall full of empty desks -which resemblances that iconic Redford image from All the president Men - shows this.
You'll notice the smoke right away. Back-lit, glamorous, curling off the ends of cigarettes in almost every scene. Back then — in the years when Senator Joseph McCarthy was cutting careers to ribbons in a search for communists and career glory — people could smoke anywhere. It's just one of the details director George Clooney captures perfectly in 'Good Night, and Good Luck.'
The film portrays Edward R. Murrow's reporting on McCarthy; the former Washington resident was perhaps the highest-profile journalist who helped halt the Senator's campaign of terror.
In telling the tale, Clooney and crew do something sharp: Rather than telling it with bright colors, soaring speeches and swelling music, they scale it down. It's filmed in period-appropriate black-and-white;…
Bringing down McCarthy.
Great movie to learn about the effects of McCarthyism.
This film is artfully shot but very dry. Also, it could be an advertisement for smoking.
A masterclass in period filmmaking.
excellent peek in the dark times of American politics, stylishly done in balck and white. Makes one appreciate the civil liberties and think about freedoms that can easily be limited by people in power, even in democracy, at any time, anywhere.
Feels a bit like it wants to be seen as respectable and intelligent and important, but it has the chops to pull that off so it's not much of an obstacle. It's not, however, quite as much all those things as it might think it is, which sometimes creates a bit of a dissonance between it's seeming aspirations and it's champagne atmosphere.
That aside, it's still a film that's jazzy, funny, interesting, well made, well acted and beautifully shot. Basically, it's an absolute delight of a film, which balances out well with what is essentially a little civics lesson (it's chock full of of that kind of in-the-know frank talk going on behind the scenes of something important, which I'm a sucker for).
George Clooney is an intelligent man and he has made a well meaning film, but it is all a bit obvious. TV journalists stand up to and debunk Senator Joe McCarthy. I fail to see how anyone who believes in an open society could fail to sympathise with that, but it doesn’t make it interesting. The acting is good, there is fine black and white photography, but that doesn’t make it good. There are potential interests as the network bosses worry about upsetting sponsors and political pressures; there is a subplot about two of the team breaking the CBS rules that employees cannot be married...but nothing is really worked through. Being intelligent and well meaning does not compensate for a lack of cinematic imagination. Maybe if Clooney was really intelligent he would have hired someone else to direct and write.
I ordered them alphabetically. As is obvious--this is completely suggestive. Definitely would appreciate suggestions though.
Complete list. :-(