A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
"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.
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…
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…
The irony shouldn't be lost about a film decrying the state of TV and the fictionalisation of life onscreen controlled by poisonous corporations, released by a multi-million pound company that had dominated the perceptions of cinematic audiences for decades. Why not capitalise on an audaciously critical script and take the financial glory, as the social discussion raised around it will be nothing more than a minor nuisance eventually fading back into silence.
Chayefsky's words still hang over our heads with an icy chill, the pathetic truth of our sheep like existence bellowed in our face. We can smirk in acknowledgement as we understand that the script remains as relevant, perhaps even more so today, as it did then. We can…
Although the plot line is a bit wavy, the actors gave passionate and powerful performances which carry the film. Anyone aspiring actors would be well advised to watch this film.
'I'm supposed to be the romantic, you're supposed to be the realist!'
Televised news is broadcasted every single day worldwide. Every day we sit down to watch it, and buy every word recited to us regardless of the corporate meddling behind the scenes. We never even stop to consider that it might all be 'b******t' controlled by money-hungry corporate entities who don't give a damn about truth, honesty and righteousness, and only show what will get the highest ratings. They show complete disregard for these moral qualms, and, in turn, so do we.
Network is a triumph in satire and social commentary, exposing the true nature of televised news -if not a little exaggerated- with a long list of incredible…
A very good and funny satirical film about the tendency of the media to distort the facts and exploit others. It also surprised me how up to date the movie feels; despite the fact that it came out forty years ago, it feels like it could have been made this year with only a few period details changed. The ending came out of left field and was completely over the top, but it was good for eliciting some serious surprises from pretty much everyone who watches it including myself.
Unbelievably, this was a first time watch. Network is one of those movies. You know of it. You know the famous line. You may think you know what you're in for. You're wrong.
This may end up in my top 100 list. I never thought that I would see a better Lumet movie than 12 Angry Men. Then I saw Dog Day Afternoon. I never thought I'd see a better Lumet movie than Dog Day Afternoon. Then I saw Network.
You've heard it all before. It's a classic. Made in 1976, it is eerily prescient of our continued dependence on media and celebrity. But you know what? Throw all of that aside for a minute.
Every young director should be…
I'm mad as hell and I can't take it anymore!
Network is a drama film. Two hours long, directed by Sydney Lumet, it stars Faye Dunaway and Peter Finch. The story focuses on a news team that takes advantage of a mad anchorman who ends up boosting their ratings.
If you needed anymore evidence of the new wave 60 and 70s movement being one of cinemas high points, you’d do well to look into Network.
With that said there are some quick reasons as to why I rated this film short of five stars, those being that while the dark humour did resonate with me, I felt it could have been more, the Dunaway subplot while I enjoyed it, eats into the runtime, her performance is a weak link…
If it weren't for the dawdling romance between Max and Diane, this would be a near perfect, sharp absurdist satire.
The narration throughout Network is like TV narration; deadpan and obvious. It introduces scenes in the way a narrator would introduce Howard Beale to talk.
The satirical touch to Network is subtle; not every scene makes you laugh. When the scenes do make you laugh, though, they make you laugh hard. Lumet is a master of framing, and it's great how he can get laughs just by framing a shot.
Network is fascinatingly relevant, and only grows to be more relevant in the age of the Internet. If there were any problems, I would say its colors are pretty bland. But it's a fantastic film, one which still has layers and one I want to watch again.
I saw this film because I liked the poster.
The trailer might as well reveal all the biggest scenes. So, y'know...glad I didn't see this film because I liked the trailer.
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