Like my icon? Apparently somebody asked the creators of South Park if they felt the creators of "Brokeback Mountain" had stolen their idea by making a movie about gay cowboys... since there's an episode of South Park where a film festival (ala Sundance) is being held, and the hot movie is one about "gay cowboys eating pudding". The guys cracked up, and said "only if they're eating pudding". Anyway, the concept of "gay cowboydom" came up... and this icon immediately came to mind!
GOOD NEWS!!!!! "On a Clear Day" just won best picture in the Scottish BAFTA's!!!!! GO BILLY!!!!!!!!!!!!! *G*
And I saw "Good Night, and Good Luck" last night. Tell me, folks, is my IQ dropping? Because first I can't get into "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell"... and now I couldn't get into this movie, despite the fact that it was well-made and got excellent reviews. I will say that it captured the spirit of the time; I could almost smell the reek of cigarettes on myself walking out of the theatre, after watching so many of them being smoked on-screen - whew! *waves hand to clear away the smoke* It's about David R. Murrow, famous newsman of World War II and afterwards, and his attempt to inform the public about the injustice of the manner in which Senator Eugene McCarthy was persecuting percieved Communists and Communist sympathizers. George Clooney and David Straithairn were excellent, and George Clooney, as the director, didn't make the mistake of making it overly melodramatic. I loved the little bits, like how Fred Friendly, the producer (he sounds familiar - did he end up at Johnny Carson's producer?) would sit down next to Murrow's chair and tap his leg with a pen when it was time to start the newscast. However, despite my advanced age (*G*), which means was born just after the awards speech that beautifully bookends the movie, I couldn't really understand what was going on. Going to cut the rest of this for possible spoilers.
Who was Robert Downey's character? What happened to his concern about signing the "I am not a Communist pledge"? It's not explained, nor is it addressed - did he sign it after all? Why include the "hidden marraige" as a subplot? All I could think of is that they tried to include several examples of other things that were still hidden from society: homosexuality (Liberace - *L*!), marraige in the workplace, anything else? Why did Murrow, etc. sign the pledge? Why wasn't that discussed? Did they really end up bringing McCarthy down? How big a part did what they do play? Why was Hollenbeck so sensitive? Was it worry about losing his job? His reputation? Something else? A built-in inferiority complex? It just didn't... come together, you know? What do other people who saw it, think?