I read the web-publication Filmmaker Magazine regularly. They publish each month a VOD-calendar with their picks and I have used…
Page One: Inside the New York Times
This year, the biggest story is their own.
Unprecedented access to the New York Times newsroom yields a complex view of the transformation of a media landscape fraught with both peril and opportunity.
Although my erstwhile companion fell asleep, I found Page One to be an engaging documentary. Unfortunately she slept through most of David Carr's part in the film, which left her with a warped perspective, and the rest in attendance wishing we could be one quarter as witty and brazen.
On the subject of interest the film doesn’t really deliver. The future of the Times isn’t so much addressed directly, as we are introduced to some of its stalwarts and left in no doubt that whatever happens they won’t go quietly.
This at times muddled chronicle of goings on at the media desk of one of the world’s largest newspapers — amidst the turmoil of an old-media collapse — is almost single-handedly rescued by its central protagonist, straight-shooting columnist and reporter David Carr, as he compiles 6,000 words on the demise of the Tribune Company.
Director Andrew Rossi captures a little of the drama inherent in getting a story to page A1, but largely shields us from the bigger picture concerning the fate of the Times itself, and often fails to establish context for the vast array of personalities who voice opinion along the way.
Not only is the subject matter of the film, an insight into the NYT, interesting on face value, the film ends up grappling with the changing media landscape through talking heads, all of whom provide interesting and often conflicting perspectives, and through following the actions of David Carr, a former crack addict and now media reporter for the Times.
Carr shines in the film, I got so much pleasure out of watching him slam the founders of Vice Magazine to their faces and his supremely strong sense of where he is and what he does. Not only is he funny and insightful, his unique activism for the Times as still a bastion of journalism seems to be the crux and…
Unfocused if occasionally interesting documentary on making of the New York Times and the general decline of newspapers. The real debate about the issues never really surfaces and gets lost in superfluous scenes and details.
The success of this film comes from the truth of its headline. This really does take you inside The New York Times and its that behind the scene look at journalism that's so exciting. The movie touches on a few key issues regarding journalism, It talks about the risks reporters take as they go off as war correspondents and of course it deals with the current economic crisis which the mainstream media has been faced with since the rise of the social media with its Huffington Post, its Twitter and its WIkiLeaks. Indeed, this latter issue is the cornerstone of the film.
All of this makes the film consistently watchable, engaging and thought-provoking. The film also benefits from the characters…
Not what I expected. Page One is much, much more than a mere insight into the day to day of publishing the New York Times. This documentary is all encompassing providing a commentary on the advent and game changing role of Wikileaks, to the decline of print industries, the narratives of war reporting and the role of the media in democracy. If you have even the slightest interest in how you learn about the world, and how truths are generated, this film will rock your tits.
Terrific documentary that provides a fascinating view both of the newspaper itself but indeed of the whole media industry in the era of wikileaks, government spin and declining advertising revenues. Reporter David Carr in particular comes across a fearless sort while the paper's embrace of new technology and social media is also well portrayed. Thankfully, there is little of the snobbishness one sees among certain parts of established media in the UK. Riveting.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
PAGE ONE is a well rounded doc about the slow death of print media, showing the impact on one of the established newspapers in the USA, the New York Times. I was fascinated to see how this big newspaper works and to think again about this still topcial issue of between print and online media. Additionally there is David Carr as one of the prominent featured figures, who you would not have guessed to work at the Times, considering his bold behaviour and drug related past life. I thought about subscribing to a newspaper again, but I hesitated. The struggle lives on.
Decent enough as a "behind the music" deal, but doesn't have much to say beyond the fact that print media has its virtues while also recognizing that it has to adapt. Really only (quite blandly) gets across one point: that the "state of journalism" conversation is a complex one.
This documentary puts David Carr forward as the new face of NYT. Brash, quick-witted, and well-researched, Carr stands up to defend the reputation and work of his exchequer.
Carr is fascinatingly old-school but pivots to show the strengths of embracing innovation. He's shown dancing at sxsw, scanning twitter, and listening to Jobs. Twitter is absent though when Carr catches his biggest story over the course of the documentary, the Zell takeover of Tribune Corp.
Informative, but not particularly entertaining.
Very Good insight on the Newspaper industry, the NY Times gives you a dazzling inside look at the forever changing aspect of the media industry.
Weather you're an average reader or an avid participant in media, this will help you understand the direction that media is going all together.
Fascinating portrayal of the print media industry, particularly with the growing role of new media. Page One is a concise yet comprehensive documentary that really digs deep into the history of journalism as well as its future. I really loved the key characters in this film, and thought that they really brought to life the rich history and texture of those who report on the news every day.
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