Wednesday, September 3, 2008


Dir: Sydney Lumet, 1976 (9.1*)
Best Picture (AA)

AFI Top 100
This movie about a tv show has proven to be very prophetic, network producer Faye Dunaway (Oscar nomination) is looking for something new and groundbreaking, and a talk-show host having a breakdown comes her way. Peter Finch’s terrific performance as Howard Beale is now legend, he also won the only posthumous Oscar in history as he died shortly after filming; ironic, as his character "dies" nightly at one point. William Holden (Oscar nomination) gives one of his best performances as a tv executive with a conscience in a world without one, his wife was Oscar-winning Beatrice Straight, also terrific . This film foresaw reality tv, schlock-show hosts, and live terrorism.
Quote: I’m mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take it anymore! (Finch)


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These are the individual film reviews of what I'm considering the best 1000 dvds available, whether they are films, miniseries, or live concerts. Rather than rush out all 1000 at once, I'm doing them over time to allow inclusion of new releases - in fact, 2008 has the most of any year so far, 30 titles in all; that was a very good year for films, one of the best ever.

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