Today, in celebration of our Independence, I’m watching six movies with a tie to free speech and the importance of journalism in the American way of life. So here’s the schedule...
1. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - to start things off with a kick and put me in a mood to watch five other films during the course of the day. Ouch.
2. Living It Up - to accentuate the joys of the American way of life.
3. Good Night and Good Luck - because, when a man is right he should be heard.
Intermission - I intend to take a break and enjoy the beautiful summer day. I woke up early for this and I’ll probably go to sleep late finishing these up.
4. Network - for the simple hope that corruption can be defeated in all sects of life.
5. Brewster’s Millions - saying that the greatest Americans can come from the strangest places and have a good deal to say once they’ve gotten themselves heard.
6. Citizen Kane - because sometimes people can miss out on the simplest joys of life. But hopefully learning their stories can help us not to make the same mistake. And that’s the point of journalism (and keeping track of history), to keep us from repeating the same mistakes over and over.
There are several other flicks I would have wanted to watch but for whatever reason didn’t so I’ll list them here: Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, The Contender, The Fountainhead, Frost/Nixon, Broadcast News, and Sergeant York.
Anyway, I hope you all have a good Fourth of July. Try not to do anything you may regret tomorrow, but have fun.