Good Night and Good Luck
(2005, dir. George Clooney)
Taut flick chronicling the showdown between Edward R. Murrow and Sen. Eugene McCarthy. Smart script and solid acting throughout, especially from David Strathairn and Frank Langella. Feels a bit one-dimensional though, and sits too harshly on the audience, forcing them to make analogies of McCarthyism to the current Patriot Act. I also thought the plot about the anchor portrayed by Ray Wise (Leland Palmer from Twin Peaks) was a transparent attempt to show a direct correlation to Murrow's frustration with McCarthy's tactics. But it does what a good historical drama should do: hold the light up to an old subject, and create a brand new discussion about it.