Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Goodgerman wasn't really that scary

After years of anticipation, I finally saw The Goodgerman today.

What? That's not the correct title? It's actually called The Good German?

Ah, that explains why it was about Allied-occupied Germany in the summer of 1945, not about a horrifying creature who goes bump in the night.

What the hell are you talking about, Vance?

When Steven Soderbergh's The Good German came out in 2006, the ads included the film's website. The website was (and still is) http://thegoodgerman.warnerbros.com/. However, it was easy to just omit the space between "good" and "german," and think of it as The Goodgerman. Which is how I've referred to it ever since.

Can't you just hear the announcer?

"Close your doors. Shut your windows. And most of all ... don't go to sleep. Because if you do, you'll be visited by ... The Goodgerman."

Who knows what the Goodgerman does. I don't think we want to know. It's that bad. He's like the Boogeyman, but much, much worse. What does it mean to "goodger" someone? You don't want to know.

Okay, so I actually saw The Good German. And it was only alright. At the end, I couldn't decide whether it was a marginal thumbs up or a marginal thumbs down, though I certainly appreciate the effort that went into making it look like an actual black & white film from the 1940s.

One major complaint that has little to do with the movie -- this was the second video I've gotten from the library in the last two weeks (the first being The Terminal) that contained only the standard viewing format, no widescreen. Each time I get stuck with a DVD like this, I always wonder why it's even worth it for them to press a version of the DVD that has only the standard option available. Haven't we, as a film-watching society, graduated to the point yet where we no longer think "the DVD is broken" if there's a black bar at the top and bottom of the screen?

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