HOMEWORK: BROADCAST NEWS (1987)

Not currently streaming anywhere that I can see; I'll be renting it on Amazon. I haven't seen this, but the cast looks great.

davhahn
davhahn
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15 replies

Can't wait for this. We need more Albert Brooks in the Canon! In fact I'm going to make that suggestion right now.

muthsarah
muthsarah
7 posts
115 replies

This is...like, an adult movie. For adults. About adult things. From waaaaaaaaaaaay back when they made stuff like this. Back when Brooks' (the film's writer/director's) "The Simpsons" (remember that?) was considered so edgy it was viewed as the #1 threat to the cohesion of the American moral order.

More than anything else you've reviewed, this probably is the hardest sell to the Millenials. 1980s technology. 1980s hair. 1980s pacing. 1980s...technology again. Like...media technology as an integral part of the world. And laid-back, serious, adult-type relationships. Not sex. Just...adults. No running, punching, or 'splosions. Or at least not very many.

Maybe I'm overthinking it. But...this feels, on some levels, more dated than King Kong. They just...don't make these kinds of movies. Or anything remotely similar.

Good movie, just sayin'. But I'm wondering if the kids today could wrap their be-adderall-ed minds around it. Assuming kids are a significant part of your audience, which I kinda have to assume about everything.

marsellus_h
marsellus_h
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202 replies

It's a fine film. I've just watched it the first time tonight. But for some uncanny reason, it didn't hook me as much as other comedies from this era tend to do. To be honest, I thought it dragged a little, and everything looked a bit blunt - there are probably only so many pastel colors I can handle for 2 hours. In other words: I'm looking forward to hear the discussion on this one.

himartinson
himartinson
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189 replies

Broadcast News is one of my absolute favorites. There are sequences in this film that are as electrifying as anything from a Fast and the Furious movie. There's not one part of this movie that isn't excellent.

robmolecule
robmolecule
2 posts
33 replies

I do a weekly movie night on Tuesdays at my house on a projection screen and this is on our list of upcoming movies. Perhaps I can get it in time for next Tuesday, but then again, maybe it'll be rented out everywhere. Really great movie.

alt0782
alt0782
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42 replies

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

alt0782
alt0782
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42 replies

I just watched it on TCM this weekend. I think we're in for 3 straight weeks of only mildly contested entries into The Canon.

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