Socially Conscious Movies

The last two movies I saw at the cinema were Good Night and Good Luck and Syriana, which have four things in common: Firstly, they both benefit from solid, understated performances by George Clooney, secondly, they are both movies with strong social messages, and thirdly (as I just found out today from this Observer article), they were both made by the same production company, Participant Productions, a project of billionaire eBay founder Jeff Skoll.

In addition to producing the movies, they also run a website, participate.net, that encourages people to get involved in social change campaigns related to the themes in the movies. Which I think is very cool.

The fourth thing that the movies have in common is that they are both very good movies.

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