• Craig Dawson

    ★★★★ Watched by Craig Dawson 21 Apr, 2014

    A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit.

    I'd heard about this film for quite a while but for some reason had never got round to seeing it until now. Very much a satire on how TV was going to become in future years, Network is very effective at parodying the lengths that companies could ultimately go in the quest for ratings. Watching the film in 2014 you…

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  • Serhii Prostakov

    ★★★★★ Watched by Serhii Prostakov 21 Apr, 2014

    This is fucking genius. This is one of those rare moments when you didn't even watch a half of the movie and you already know that this gonna go to your Favorites list. And the ending... The ending shows you exactly how it is done in real life. You don't have to go far and get into all the complexities to find the solution... The solution is always simple...

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  • Roger Joseph Ebert

    ★★★★★ Added by Roger Joseph Ebert

    Strange, how Howard Beale, "the mad prophet of the airwaves," dominates our memories of "Network." We remember him in his soaking-wet raincoat, hair plastered to his forehead, shouting, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore." The phrase has entered into the language.

    But Beale (Peter Finch) is the movie's sideshow. The story centers on Diana Christiansen (Faye Dunaway), the ratings-hungry programming executive who is prepared to do anything for better numbers. The mirror to which…

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  • Alex Thompson

    Watched by Alex Thompson 19 Apr, 2014 16

    I guess it might not be as surprising as I initially thought it would be to some of you faithful readers that I kind of hate Network. Turns out it's a kind of love it or leave it deal and after the first ten minutes or so I knew I would be leaving it. I actually considered turning it off halfway through, but there was just enough potential in it, especially in the form of one particular character, that I…

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  • Will Burgess

    ★★★★ Watched by Will Burgess 17 Apr, 2014

    A superb film about the American television industry that doesn't rely on music to emphasise the drama or absurdity of the story. It's simply driven by its satire/social commentary, great performances and well-written dialogue.

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  • Robert A

    ★★★★★ Added by Robert A

    There are some organizations whose bonds are unimpeachable. No not the government, not the church. But the nightly news, that great behemoth of the public trust, that provides to us, enough knowledge to keep our society functioning.

    That is, until it starts telling us how to feel instead of what to know. It holds up a mirror to our anger, reflects it back at us, tells us we're right for feeling it, pats us on the head and gives us…

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  • Stephen

    ★★★★ Watched by Stephen 15 Apr, 2014

    Everybody focuses on Peter Finch's wonderfully performed rants - but really, everything the film has to say is summed up by seeing a revolutionary army argue about distribution rights.

    An exceptional ending follows a slow middle, though any film to use the portmanteau "commu-nigger" can't go far wrong.

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  • Njabs Phungula

    ★★★★★ Watched by Njabs Phungula 15 Apr, 2014

    Films I hope to see by the end of 2014

    Where do I begin? It's hard to believe just how relevant this movie would be almost 40 years after it's release. Paddy Chayefsky's screenplay is one of the best I've ever come across. Sidney Lumet's direction is powerful and the performances are incredible. Every actor in this movie brought their A-game. William Holden's Max is, in my opinion, the most important character here. The audience is Max. We see how…

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  • Chevalier

    ★★★★ Added by Chevalier

    Howard Beale tells America how it is, and the studio suits quickly transform him into a product, ready for mass consume. When he realizes that it's already too late, and while the final act may go to the most extreme to prove it's point, it makes perfect sense in the context of the story. It doesn't matter how "transgressive" the material might be, it can be repackaged, transformed, and ready to make a profit, while things will always remain the…

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  • James Berclaz-Lewis

    ★★★★½ Watched by James Berclaz-Lewis 12 Apr, 2014

    The prophet was Lumet and team. Anticipated the audience participation, though his involved actual physical involvment, leagues away from the scarier still livetweet hashtags.

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  • Judah Finnigan

    ★★★★★ Watched by Judah Finnigan 12 Apr, 2014

    you're television incarnate, diana: indifferent to suffering; insensitive to joy. all of life is reduced to the common rubble of banality. war, murder, death are all the same to you as bottles of beer, and the daily business of life is a corrupt comedy. you even shatter the sensations of time and space into split seconds and instant replays. you're madness, diana. virulent madness; and everything you touch dies with you.

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  • Xarnis

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Xarnis 10 Apr, 2014

    The world is a business

    It seems to me like Sidney Lumet and Paddy Chayefsky were the real prophets here. This film also might just have the greatest screenplay ever.

    Why me?
    - Because you're on the television, dummy

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