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Good Starring Viggo Mortensen, Jason Isaacs, Jodie Whittaker

The excellent performances by Viggo Mortensen (Hidalgo, Eastern Promises, Lord Of The Rings), and Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter, The Patriot, Peter Pan), in the 2008 film Good was Academy Award winning level. This seems to be one of those films that despite the level of talent displayed by the director, cinematographer, costuming and talent, the film did not get its day in the world of awards nominations. Truly astonishing given the beautiful cinematography by Andrew Dunn (Extraordiary Measures, Hitch, Previous, Gosford Park). The lens was a main portion of why the film was so moving, under the direction Vincente Amorim (The Middle Of The World, Bossa NOva, Nordestes), the lens brought fire between the repressionist symbols of the love affair between the characters Anne and Halder. This love affair is the symbol of the flirtatious relationship between the ordinary people of Germany had and that of the Third Reich and the rise of National Socialism.

The entry of Anne into Halder’s life brings out all the repressed feelings he was having about his marriage to a neurotic wife and relationship with his ill mother, and the possible way out of all of the stress he had with mental illness in his family – compassionate euthanasia. The irony of it all is the mental illness Halder himself suffered under the stress of betraying his family and friend, Maurice Israel Glückstein. The lessons of history were brought out so eloquently by the director and talent, in main part Mortensen and Isaacs. Under the directorship, this pair combined with the talents is Whitaker, brought the fire and headiness of that which was the ultimate undoing of Germany and Halder who finds himself wandering among Jews in a concentration camp, an open ending the director so fluently left for the audience to conjecture afterwards the fate of Halder and Germany and Glückstein. Many a lesser director would have spoiled the entire piece by inserting a view or a political statement or even worse yet telling the audience the fate of the character we came to get behind and then feel disappointed when he dons the swastika as a way out of his unhappy life.

It cannot be mentioned enough how the lens influenced this film. Dunn by no means let the audience down in style and the brilliant colors his eye brought to bear on the entire conflict. The color red in this film had a dual purpose yet one in the same – the love of an idea can bring down an entire people. Combine this with the simplistic yet moving piano solos designed by composer Simon Lacey (Good, The Railway Children), the music that both lures and comforts the story. Each time Halder sees a group of people singing or playing, the first being very disconcerting at best, it is clear he falls further into the madness that was not yet even know to be the insanity of the Third Reich, the very idea that someone who at first telling was good, decent and caring, holding the weight of his family, dutiful yet still lovingly. This is a mistake on the part of the numerous awards ceremonies not to have recognized the work of this director and the talent behind the message in the film, perhaps overshadowed at the time by the release of Tom Cruise’s Valkyrie, also an excellent film. Perhaps the film history books will keep this work as one to study, the art and emotion of a deeply felt passion nobody knew would be the ruin of so many lives.

Respectfully told, the Jewish side of this film was intelligent and honest, perhaps the reason the opposing swastika was so real and frightening. Mortensen and Isaacs would do well to pair up again, perhaps with Cronenberg in the near future. It was by their ability to subtly draw out the conflict, slowly peeling away the story’s onion skin, that would be very well served under Cronenberg. This is one more film that shows us Mortensen still has the artsy passion for film, the thing that brought most of his viewers as his audience from the start. Good may not have earned many nominations or awards, but it deserved them. What a pity it was overlooked.

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Kriss Perras
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Kriss Perras owns Ruptured Media where she publishes Malibu Arts Journal. Ruptured Media is also a story development company. Kriss has been tenacious and fought authority from the very start of her career in journalism. Kriss' first story as a journalist was for her college newspaper covering George W. Bush and Steve Forbes in the Iowa Caucuses during the 2000 election. She showed up at the hotel where Bush was to speak with her editor's letter of assignment in hand. She credentialed at the press desk like every other press person. She had questions in hand she had prepared to ask the Presidential candidate. She walked into the speaking room to find the press was roped off from the candidate. Being new to election coverage, and journalism, she was disappointed. She stood next to a seasoned AP photographer on the press platform. She asked the AP photographer if she could get out from behind the ropes and ask Bush her questions. The AP photographer said, "Well, you can try." So she did. She stepped out from behind the ropes and waited in line behind the people seeking the candidate's autograph. When it was her turn, she introduced herself to Bush as a college journalist and started to ask her questions. Bush said, " Wait, are you a journalist?" She said, "Yes." Bush nodded to his Secret Service team. They promptly came over on each side of her. She was 5'6" tall and weighed 127 pounds. The Secret Service men were well over a foot taller than her and obviously guys who worked out often. They could pick her up with their pinky fingers. They quickly picked her up by her arms, carried her over the ropes and plopped her back down on the press platform as she was still asking Bush her questions. Bush to his credit said, "Please give her one of my books. The answers to her questions are in my book." So she had to read his entire book, but she indeed found the answers to her questions. She also drew political cartoons for her college newspaper and still does today. Her next big break came in 2002, still as a student, with an interview with former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brezinski. Kriss went on in 2006 to found PCH Press, Malibu's daily newspaper. With PCH Press, she had extensive coverage of the battle against LNG and the fight against the placement of an LNG port being placed off the coast of Malibu and Oxnard, among other local news. She has covered Olara Otunnu, former United Nations Undersecretary General and Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict when he spoke in Los Angeles in 2006. She covered Democracy Now! journalist Amy Goodman when she spoke in Los Angeles in 2006. She has interviewed Progressive David Swanson and numerous Malibu Mayors. In 2007, She founded Malibu Arts Journal magazine. Kriss built Malibu Arts Journal from the ground up. She has taken the magazine from an unknown dot com to a respected title. She earned the magazine digital distribution through Magzter and the iTunes App Store where it now enjoys broad based readership across the globe. She is a member of the national honor society Who's Who In American Universities And Colleges. Her photogrpahy has aired on CMTV channel 14 Spokane, Washington. *Photo Copyright 2017: Alan Weissman
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