Love crappy movies but are too ashamed to admit it? Are you a big Rob Schneider fan but you're tired of being burned? Not sure if you want to waste your money on the same old movie? That's why you have Joe.
Joe Loves Crappy Movies is by Joseph Dunn. Joe willingly goes to see the very worst that Hollywood has to offer. Whenever a crappy movie comes out Joe will be there to see it, make fun of it, and actually review it. Nothing is safe, and nothing is sacred. From the big budget action disasters to the low brow fart based comedies, to anything starring Martin Lawrence? Joe will tear it apart.
With each entry you'll get not only a comic poking fun at the movie, but also a detailed review. Joe's not educated in film or cinematography or acting, he's just a guy that draws comics and likes movies. So if you're looking for the everyman perspective and a little joke in comic form... you're in the right place.
Good Night, and Good Luck
Viewed: 1:35pm 11/6/05
Starring: David Strathairn, Rober Downey Jr., Patricia Clarckson, Ray Wise Jeff Daniels, George Clooney
Directed by: George Clooney
For anyone a little confused by the comic that is Senator Palpatine from Star Wars. He's been making himself a regular around these parts. To get caught up check out his history here at JLCM.. Now, on to the review!
I would say that normally I'm not drawn to pictures so deeply routed in reality. If recent films have taught me anything (Jarhead, Walk the line, Get Rich or Die Tryin', Elizabethtown, Domino) it's that sometimes the most realistic plots can be the least entertaining. A story based on actual events is limited by those actual events. So the story has got to be good, or your angle has got to be good. And having the word "Good" in the title twice is not an angle.
Thankfully there is something there.
Good Night and Good Luck is a story of the McCarthy trials told from the perspective of a major news team lead by Edward R. Murrow, that was in part responsible for taking McCarthy down. McCarthy had been terrorizing the country seeking out high profile communists living in America. Most people in retrospect view his actions as excessive. If anything they just added fuel to the fire of an already frightened nation, but those were terrifying times (I assume. 27 years young!) and there's no way to judge the atmosphere of the world back then.
We live in frightening times. i live here in NY city and honestly, I feel pretty safe. But in that era there was always the feeling of "the enemy among us" which I don't feel now. I'm sure to an extent it's true but the National Guard is also among us. I'm getting off topic.
Basically they were very confusing times and it's great that we had people like Murrow who, with a clear head reported the truth. This movie definitely portrays a special kind of bravery. the people involved were certainly at risk for targeting a highly powerful highly respected figure. But they did it for truth, which is admirable in it's own journalistic way of nobility.
The best moments of the film are the confrontations. It's weird, there's little to no direct debate only official reporting followed by response, followed by response. How frustrating it must have been to wait a week to here what Murrow thought about the Senators comments. Fortunately it was only 10 minutes for the moviegoers.
But those moments that, on the surface are just a report of the facts, are so much more than just that, because of the consequences. What will happen if we report this? Whose taking the fall? Whose responsible? Serious consequences. it brings and insane amount of drama an tension to what is otherwise a simple news reading. It's why these people are legends in their field.
The story is told almost exclusively form the perspective of the news team. Even to the point where we never see there home lives and we never see them outside the work environment, unless it pertains directly to the events surrounding the broadcast. This is done to the point where we never even see McCarthy except on TV in his transmissions.
That does sort of one-side the argument. This film is certainly biased, but if you think about it, that's all that 99% of the American public ever saw of McCarthy too. If we tell his side of the story it would either endear or vilify the idea of McCarthy. Why do either? Just show the facts.
Showing a limited personal life on the side of the news team could be viewed positively or negatively. On one hand the story becomes very focused. It's about McCarthy and how these people dealt with it. The End. On the other hand the filmmakers miss an opportunity to show how the work affected their personal lives which it certainly must have. Showing that effect would certainly bring a new kind of power to the movie. Less sterile, less isolated. So which way is better?
I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty interested in what long term effects these events had on the people involved. Tell what happened is important, but it's always nice to know what ELSE happened. Still, I've accepted that this is not what the movie is about. It's more a study on how these specific people dealt with this specific situation in this specific place in this specific time. See? Claustrophobic.
On those terms it's a pretty brilliant study. Unfortunately it's not as entertaining as I would like. Performances all around are great. David Strathairn will get an Oscar nomination and I'm sure someone whose "very clever" has already nominated McCarthy for his "best villain Razzie award.
Directions great too. I love Clooney, and his first movie Confessions of a Dangerous Mind was pure brilliance. He's able to capture some real moments here and just let the scene happen. It remind me a lot of a Michael Mann film the way you can easily become part of the scene in the eerie calm of it all. It gets a little heavy in moments which hurts the pacing, but the acting's good enough to cover it up.
Where the film lost me was in ending. You see the ending coming about 1 minute before the credits roles, and that minute is a frantic conversation in your head about how you can't believe it's over. It couldn't possibly be over. Sure things are resolved but is this REALLY how it's going to end. it's not a bad ending by any means it's just... the realistic ending.
Honestly I'm not sure what I expected but no one cleaves off the head of a fire spewing McCarthy as the fair maiden cheers them on. I've been ruined by Hollywood, I know.
6 out of 10 Points lost because with all that's going on, not much happens. I left the theater unfulfilled with the ending and questioning if there was enough of a story here to legitimize making the movie at all. It's entertaining in its way but more than a little disappointing after all the buzz this movie got. Looking back it's easy to see how much was done well, but is it enough?
DVD worthy?: Maybe if I was teaching a class on the subject or something like that. Forgetting the specific story, it's still a really nice character study, but not one I would enjoy on a regular basis. I feel like if I bought it, it would be more as a status symbol than a source of entertainment. That's not really fair to the material.
If you liked this movie check out: No clue?
I would love to recommend some great movie on journalism, but I freely admit that any I've seen, I haven't seen in a while, and for me to recommend anything would be the equivalent of a blind guess. There are a lot of ones out there that are considered classics like All the Presidents Men. A movie I've wanted to see for a good while. I'm afraid I wasted my youth on Roadhouse.
If I had to recommend a movie, I would point you towards Clooney's first movie Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. That movie knocked me out of my seat a couple of years ago, and I feel like it was one of the better movies of that year.
There were no trailers up before this movie. I was surprised because even thought the movie had been out for weeks it was still a crowded house, so it was prime advertising time. Either a bunch of old folks complained about the excessive trailers or the good people at Regale Cinemas truly have kind hearts.
I'm excited about the return of Palpatine this week. I've grown very fond of him. I hope you guys like him too. I'd love to hear from you Palpatine fans out there, and I'm pretty easy to find via Live Journal, Message Boards and e-mail. Feedback from the readers has been great recently, thanks to everyone that's taken the time.
Palptaine has become a favorite of the Digital Pimp crew as well, it's not odd for us to reference him from time to time in conversation. Today's incentive has me doing my best Palpatine impression. Enjoy. And Thanks for reading!
Joe – The creator of the strip who has embraced giving crappy movies the chance they deserve. Like the majority of the cast he’s obsessed with boobs.
First Appearance - The Introduction
Yeo – Yeo is Joe’s wife and often the voice of reason in the strip. Having her act rational allows the rest of the cast to embrace being in a comic strip which primarily involves randomly punching people, interacting with fictional characters and talking about boobs. Yeo is smart, beautiful and way too good for Joe. Don’t tip her off.
First Appearance - Fever Pitch
Irv – Joe’s movie-going sidekick who’s always down for watching Jason Statham crescent moon kick some thug through a plate glass window and getting some drinks before after and during a Vin Diesel movie. Like the majority of the cast he’s obsessed with boobs.
First Appearance - Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior
Agent 337 George Jones – A government Agent that took over for Joe after he was bad-mouthing President Bush in the V for Vendetta strip. George ran the show for over a month bring a much needed sense of patriotism and justice to both the strips and reviews. He eventually got too attached to his work, empathizing with Joe’s plight to give crappy movies a fair shake. In a way he came to love crappy movies as well and was pushed out of the position. He spiraled out of control and ended up in prison. His adventures will be told in the limited series JLCM Presents: 337 Locked Up which is set to début Christmas of 09.
First Appearance - V for Vendetta
Other Notable Appearances: Stay Alive, Ice age 2, Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector, Slither, Here Comes Guest week, Let’s Go To Prison
Leonidas – The former king of Sparta who has traveled into the future and is having trouble coping with the modern times. Yelling loudly and kicking people into giant holes doesn’t really work the same way it did in the olden days. As time as gone by he’s adjusted but it’s a safe bet that he’s always one bad message away from throwing a spear through someone.
First Appearance - 300
Other Notable Appearances: Four Brothers, Strip# 300, The Golden Compass, Rambo, Untraceable, The Ladies of Max Paybe
Palpatine – Former Senator, Emperor of the Galactic Empire, Sith Lord... He shows up in the Joe Loves Crappy movies galaxy on occasion to let people know that they’re being stupid. No one’s really sure how he shows up in this universe but chances are it breaks all kinds of copywrite laws.
First Appearance - Episode III: The Dark Side
Other Notable Appearances: Four Brothers, Night Watch, Saw 3, Are We Done Yet
Slow Billy – Billy is a sweet kid but he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed. If you’re watching him for the day be prepared to explain to him the plot of the movie or how popcorn works or, not so much where babies come from, but what babies are. He’s a complete moron.
First Appearance - Four Brothers
Other Notable Appearances: The Chronicles of Narnia, The Da Vinci Code, Vantage Point, Journey to the Center of the Earth
Kyle the Movie Snob – Be careful what fun facts about movies you tell your friends at a friendly gathering or in line for the latest blockbuster, because if you’re even slightly wrong, Kyle will be more than happy to let you know. He usually gets what’s coming to him though. Poor guy has cracked three ribs since joining the JLCM cast.
First Appearance - Ultraviolet
Other Notable Appearances: 16 Blocks, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Transformers, Journey to the Center of the Earth
Jean-Luc Picard – Another lawsuit waiting to happen is Jean Luc Picard who, towards the end of the strip’s first year, became the go-to background character. If there was ever a seat to fill or a random person to place wandering around in the background, nine times out of ten it was Picard. While Picard has crossed paths with Irv he and Joe have never met. Perhaps they will some day but for now just can an eye on the background.
First Appearance - The Producers
Other Notable Appearances: I’m not telling you, that’s no fun. It’ like Where’s Waldo – go find him!
Ice Cream Sandwich – Delicious and… deadly? Usually when you see someone eating an Ice Cream sandwich, someone else is experiencing a substantial amount of pain. Still, how nice is an ice cream sandwich on a hot summer day?
First Appearance - Saw IV
Other Notable Appearances: Bee Movie, Run Fatboy Run, Saw V