Netflix February 2018_day.24 – Quiz Show (1994)

_As we approach the end of Netflix February, I find these intro’s harder to write. It’s not that I have nothing to say, but more I begin to exhaust my supply of frivolous thoughts and ideas that come to me over the course of 28 days and find myself thinking “Well…with all of that said, all I’ve got remaining is the sorrow.” And I try not to be too dour. But so often I sit to write these and the first words that come to me are “Everything sucks” or “Bluuugghhhhhh” or “wergiiiut4gqgee” or “I was thinking of going to sleep for a couple forevers.” Like I said, I don’t want to be a downer or anything, but I also don’t really want to put up a total facade so I try and let it out a bit sometimes. But not too much. I’m bad at holding things back when they start to pour.

In the high-stakes quiz shows of the 1950’s, one man was the brightest star. He loved all the hype, even the lies.

Tick tock. Quiz Show.

_It’s strange for me, watching a movie like Quiz Show. I know it’s based on a true story, but I know nothing about it. Outside of this movie, I’ve never heard anyone bring up the old quiz show scandals of the 1950’s. I guess it was indeed a thing!

_As I was watching this movie, about halfway through, I found myself thinking “What is this really about?” Giving contestants the answers to game show questions, ooooo scintilating stuff, uh huh. But as the movie goes on, and I hit the ending, it came to me. Quiz Show as a movie isn’t really about old timey quiz shows or scandal or television, blah blah.

It’s really just about honesty.

“The network got their money, the sponsors got their money, the contestants got their money, the audience was entertained. Who got hurt?”

That’s close to a direct quote from the movie. And the answer? No one really got hurt, so what’s the big deal? But then you think back to being the kid, you think back to the stuff your parents and grown-ups told you. Things about being truthful and not lying. And how honesty is a virtue. How lies, even lies that don’t hurt anybody, are bad. I think about that and then I think about Quiz Show and I think to myself how it didn’t seem like anybody really hurt anyone…but were any of them good people?

_John Turtuurro’s character in this reminds me of Jose Canseco, where he was telling everybody the truth but he’s such a weirdo nobody believes him.

_”It was the gettin’ away with it part he couldn’t live with.” That’s a movie quote, for you.

_Come on by tomorrow, when we watch a movie about my friend’s cat. Emma. See you then~


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