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Lights and Wires in a Box

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Here’s my unsolicited advice for the day: every once in a while, watch movies that are guaranteed to be good. I awakened this morning as my roommate was watching “The Shawhank Redemption.” I LOVE this film. No matter how many times I’ve seen it on cable TV over the years, the ending always drives me to tears. Best conclusion in the history of cinema. Don’t you agree?


Right now, I’m watching the end of “Good Night and Good Luck.” You probably know Edward R. Murrow was the first national figure to really question Joe McCarthy’s tactics in his overzealous quest to weed out Communists in government. The film is also just a grim reminder of how broadcast journalism is in a constant state of decline. Producing substantive news and investigative reports takes courage– and support from people willing to be smart news consumers.

Now, it’s on to the third “guaranteed to be good” movie of the day… “To Kill A Mockingbird.”


Written by Thanh Tan

February 14, 2009 at 12:00 am