October 31st, 2005

What's the frequency Kenneth

Look, I find some of what you teach suspect, because I'm used to relying on intellect...

So at first, I saw my score and was like..."what? That's too high..." because I thought it was out of 5.

It's out of 10.

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So anyway...

This weekend was painful, as evident from my last post. It became very hard to stand my mother for the rest of the time there, but I survived.

Today we were at MGM Studios, which was a little dull because I had no one to play with. I'm SO looking forward to this weekend when my sisters will be here. YAY!

This evening, I went to see Good Night, and Good Luck which was quite good. Kudos to George Clooney, excellent directing. Granted, he had an exceptionally talented cast, but it rocked. The cinematography and editing were both well above average. Often new directors find it hard to keep only what's important and end up with a too-long, unnecessary film (some have said Cameron Crowe was struck with this during Elizabethtown), but it was quite time-conscious and concise.

There were many things I thought about while viewing, such as the choice to shoot in black and white and the contemporary repercussions. I was unsure how I felt about the B&W because I feel that it purposely separates the audience from the time setting. We can dismiss it as something from "back then" and refuse to acknowledge the message that it is sending to the present. Whereas something in color allows us to feel and understand in a way that we hadn't realized. News footage from the WWII era was all shot in B&W, so when something like Saving Private Ryan uses color film, the audience can feel a connection to the time that they had never felt before. However, the inverse allows for the concentration to be put on an objective view point, fact over emotion, which is a huge element of the film. Overall, excellent choice which reaffirms the central message.

Then there's modern times. It's easy to dismiss many films as entertainment, or if there is a historical significance, to assume that it is merely in the past. The film Inherit the Wind profiles the Scopes Trial was actually an allegory of the McCarthy trials, as was "The Scarlet Letter." So where does Good Night, and Good Luck fit into lives today? I see it as a call to arms. What happened to journalistic integrity? I think many journalists have been asking themselves this very question, especially in following the death of Peter Jennings. News has become a mockery, a circus. There are, of course, exceptions...but even the exceptions are bending toward the will of ratings. The only news which hasn't become a total joke is on PBS...because public broadcasting doesn't have to answer to sponsors or ratings.

[steps onto soap box] *ahem* Support public broadcasting. [steps down from soap box]

This issue was also raised in the film, and I think it would be excellent if it spawned overwhelming support for programming not influenced by capitalist corporations.

I'm sure there is plenty more to discuss, but I have to study for my American History test which is NOT on the McCarthy era, but the expansionism preceding and following WWI, as well as the economic, social, and political status of the country at that time. Party.
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