All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
Not since the dawn of time has America experienced a man like Howard Beale!
A TV network cynically exploits a deranged ex-TV anchor's ravings and revelations about the media for their own profit.
"Don't fuck with my distribution costs!"
Much, much funnier than expected. Not only a biting satire (or 'reportage' as Lumet himself preferred, since all but one of the situations depicted had already occurred by the time of filming, according to him), but also an absurdist comedy, made more surreal by the fantastically cascading situations that the characters merely flow with, instead of trying to stop - in that way it is very Strangelove-esque (although a little less reserved in overt satire). Lumet proves again he is an actors' director, and not a single performance disappoints, with personal preference to Ned Beatty's brief, satanic cameo as the network's potential new CEO.
Thanks to the quality of performances, the fact that the…
A hysterical, satirical & critical take on the TV news & show business plus the extent to which it can stoop in its pursuit of higher ratings & profits, Network is a brilliantly crafted, crazily narrated & outrageously performed cinema that makes a biting statement against the undeniable power of television & the effect it can have on the masses.
The story of Network concerns a TV news veteran who's about to lose his job due to the declining ratings of his show & announces on air that he'll commit suicide on the next week's broadcast, which causes a spike in network's ratings. Seeing a potential profit in this, the executives decide to exploit his enraged persona which in the long run affects the fortunes of…
"There is no America. There is no democracy. There is only IBM, and ITT, and AT&T, and DuPont, Dow, Union Carbide, and Exxon."
This film is 40 years old, and the above quote rings just as true today as it did back then. It is scary how pertinent this scarily-prescient film still feels today.
I trust your taste here on Letterboxd so much that I'll pop in a film just because one of you recommended it to me. I have no idea how this ended up on my watchlist... it could've been a really great review or maybe someone just told me to watch it. Whatever the reason, you changed my life! THANK YOU!!! Network is an instant favorite, one that had me so riled up I needed a drink to calm me down after. (Okay, that happens a lot, but still…)
I experienced temporary amnesia brought on by cinematic brilliance right after this one, so I don't have a lot to say other than it thrilled and impressed me and I can't wait to watch it again! I bought it on blu-ray right away, so there will be many rewatches to come.
Teaser for my next review: I go in depth about how I think Paddy Chayefsky and Sidney Lumet were time travelers.
I'M AS MAD AS HELL AND....well, let's be honest, I'm probably going to keep on taking it :(
If ever I wanted to put forward a theory that Sidney Lumet was some kind of pre-programmed filmmaking genius automaton then I think Network would be the film that I would use as the centrepiece of the presentation of my evidence.
That's off the back of this, my only viewing as well. Certainly, there is plenty of other evidence that I can use but I think previously that Fail-Safe would have been the centrepiece of my evidence - even despite the fact that it is not my favourite Lumet film. That would be The Offence.
The odd thing is that I would…
It’s hard to believe, given our current state of affairs with the evening news being a profit center for the networks (as well a prime instrument for spewing propaganda), but once upon a time the actual news was reported – not one person’s opinion or spinning the content to suit your political agenda – just the news, period.
So, take yourself back to 1976… where Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather told the news and the mighty three networks were of the mindset that they were doing a public service by reporting the news – knowing that the news division was a money loser for the corporations.
OK, so you’ve got that picture in your mind…. And along comes this very…
*DEAR READER* you should probably read this in a fast-talking, effeminate voice to fully understand just how awesome this movie is. Increase speed until you need an inhaler as review goes on.
Been in my watchlist for awhile. Realised it was on Netflix. Sat down with a bottle of mineral water, to be healthy. Watched it.
Wow. Network is perhaps the most witty, epigrammatic and biting satire I've ever witnessed. Riling. Just fucking amazing. Instantly a favourite.
But it didn't start off that way. The first ten, fifteen minutes are deathly boring, architecting an image in my mind of a seriously overrated Oscar-winner elevated above others like a pampered, spoilt little heiress that just does not deserve the praise.
Creepy. Weird. Brilliant.
Picture this: a group of craggy, but benign middle-aged men, sitting together in a room, and shooting off ideas into the air. Lone Female Vixen is in the room with them, not to seduce, but to prove her equality with the men.
The tension increases. Someone wants to kill himself on live TV. Many dismiss him as an idiot. Others want to cash in on it. Only his best friend serves as the room's moral guardian, insisting that this troubled man seek help first before turning into the company's cash cow.
But before we get too attached to the best friend and his high moral ground, he is given a fatal character flaw: he becomes seduced by Lone Female Vixen,…
Entertaining, though dated visually and politically. Too much focus on the midlife crisis of a character at the expense of developing out any of the other more interesting characters.
Came back to Network again to see if my opinion changed.
It was a better viewing experience but... still.
I always fall asleep to this movie. Everything about it is so aesthetically appealing to me, it's oddly soothing.
Terzo film per completare la Top IMDb.
Un film importante con dialoghi eccelsi, ma forse troppo pesante e tecnico.
Es cierto que su crítica al mundo de la televisión y la batalla por las audiencias sigue totalmente vigente -tanto que hoy, y a la luz de muchas de las cosas que podemos ver a diario, la cadena que retrata casi sería tan blanca como Disney Channel-, pero todo está llevado tan al límite que a veces me resulta forzado. Más que una sátira, me acaba pareciendo una parodia histérica y, sí, reconozco una gran película con algunos tramos apasionantes... que definitivamente no es para mí.
This is how you write a film.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!