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Rango, Italian Job (1969), Good Night and Good Luck

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Oct 8 2012, 4:42pm


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I enjoyed the 2003 version of The Italian Job when it came out so I thought I'd watch the original. And I enjoy Michael Caine a lot. It was very British! :-) (which was the intention, I read) It was fun. I wondered if the position that the character, Mr. Bridger, held in prison was at all realistic or just for fun. I took it as just for fun.

Two names I recognized: Benny Hill and John Le Mesurier who voiced/played Bilbo in the 1981 radio series of LOTR with screenplay by Brian Sibley.

Rango was kind of weird. I enjoy weird to an extent. It had some interesting 'shots' and angles, etc. But the plot wasn't as satisfying as other animated features I've seen.

Good Night and Good Luck was the Mister's choice of a Saturday night flick. I struggled a little with hearing the dialog - we don't have closed captions on the video we stream on Roku. And this film had a lot of lower volume, slightly muttered dialog and a lot of people talking over one another. And I will admit I dozed just a little during the first third of it. For those who don't know, "The film was written by Clooney and Grant Heslov and portrays the conflict between veteran radio and television journalist Edward R. Murrow and U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin, especially relating to the anti-Communist Senator's actions with the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations." (wikipedia)

I thought, as I watched it, how I viewed movies like this when I was young. I thought people who stood up to things they found unfair to be heroic. I not only admired these people, I wanted to be them. I thought I would be them. The fight was good.

Now, 40 years later, I just find it depressing. Depressing that people got to be so evil. I don't mean to get into a battle of words about what is right or wrong or evil or not. It just seems that some actions people are determined to take are skewed heavily towards controlling others or shaming others or labeling others. Life takes energy. We can spend all we have trying to get our own lives in order. Then we can allot some into making other people's lives better. Why spend it trying to put the screws down on others? Why spend it making people squirm? And to do it while employing dishonest or disingenuous tactics is just even more sad. It doesn't help that we have a politician in our state that acts quite a bit like McCarthy at times. In fact, I watched some of the political news shows the next morning and there that person was... being discussed for the malicious things they've said about other people that just weren't true.

As a timekiller, I started watching Star Trek: Enterpise - a show I caught once in awhile when it was on but never consistently.


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What movies did you watch this weekend? deej Send a private message to deej Oct 8 2012, 1:08pm
    The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Lily Fairbairn Send a private message to Lily Fairbairn Oct 8 2012, 1:53pm
        I wanted to watch Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for ages... Misto Send a private message to Misto Oct 8 2012, 6:07pm
        This movie did not impress me so much... Patty Send a private message to Patty Oct 9 2012, 12:13pm
    Rango, Italian Job (1969), Good Night and Good Luck Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Oct 8 2012, 4:42pm
    "You kids get off my lawn!" - I mean, "Trouble With The Curve" squire Send a private message to squire Oct 8 2012, 5:54pm
    Looper. Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Oct 8 2012, 6:13pm
        This is one I still want to see! grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Oct 9 2012, 2:16pm
    Lost, precious Starling Send a private message to Starling Oct 8 2012, 9:35pm
    Lawrence of Arabia, The Avengers, and Looper. N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Oct 8 2012, 9:53pm
    Started my annual Halloween viewing.... Hamfast Send a private message to Hamfast Oct 8 2012, 11:40pm
        Hamfast, did you know Starling Send a private message to Starling Oct 9 2012, 12:29am
            I didn't know that Hamfast Send a private message to Hamfast Oct 9 2012, 3:18am
                I'm not sure about the old house Starling Send a private message to Starling Oct 9 2012, 5:12am
    Star Wars :) Ring-Bearer Send a private message to Ring-Bearer Oct 9 2012, 2:29am
    Finding Nemo in 3D! Finding Frodo Send a private message to Finding Frodo Oct 9 2012, 3:16am
    Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Aunt Dora Baggins Send a private message to Aunt Dora Baggins Oct 9 2012, 3:49am
    Four out of six Sherlocks... weaver Send a private message to weaver Oct 9 2012, 4:26am
        LOL Starling Send a private message to Starling Oct 9 2012, 5:07am
        yeah I really like it too acheron Send a private message to acheron Oct 9 2012, 8:57am
        The Sherlocks Padfoot Send a private message to Padfoot Oct 10 2012, 8:05am
    Frankenweenie sherlock Send a private message to sherlock Oct 9 2012, 9:51am
    Clash of the Titans (80s) and Titanic 3D, Call the Midwife episode 2 and episode 2 of Up/Down 2 Patty Send a private message to Patty Oct 9 2012, 12:23pm
        I've been watching sherlock Send a private message to sherlock Oct 11 2012, 3:50pm
    Finished the first season of HBO's Game of Thrones. *spoilers* AlassŽa Eruvande Send a private message to AlassŽa Eruvande Oct 9 2012, 2:40pm
        my reaction to GoT has been the same as yours Magpie Send a private message to Magpie Oct 9 2012, 2:47pm
            Oh, yeah! *spoiler* AlassŽa Eruvande Send a private message to AlassŽa Eruvande Oct 9 2012, 2:54pm
    Panic Room DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Oct 9 2012, 8:36pm
        I'm so claustrophobic Patty Send a private message to Patty Oct 9 2012, 8:56pm

 
 
 

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