Tuesday, February 13, 2007


Network (1976)

Paddy Chayefsky predicted today's rash of trash television and shock-laden news broadcasts. The writer of Marty created network news anchor Howard Beale (Peter Finch), who loses his mind on the air. Unfortunately, his outrageous rants boost the ratings and intrigue cutthroat network executives Faye Dunaway and Robert Duvall. William Holden contrasts their avarice as an old-school TV journalist hopelessly out of step.
My Two Cents: It's an engaging "dramedy" with first-rate acting, but 30 years later it can't escape feeling dated, despite its almost uncanny presience.

NetFlix Rank: Liked It
IMDB Rank: 8/10


Robert's Two Cents: Deservedly in the AFI 100, a wildly unique and entertaining classic 70's film that was way ahead of it's time.

NetFlix Rank: Loved It


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