Saturday, January 24, 2009

Broadcast News

James Brooks, 1986 (9.1*)
One of James Brooks’ (Terms of Endearment, As Good As It Gets) best films, an expose of how major network news operates from behind the scenes. This is my favorite Holly Hunter performance (Oscar® nominated), as news producer who is so distraught by her job that she regularly takes crying breaks, then she’s ok again.

Her best friend, reporter Albert Brooks, also Oscar® nominated, keeps her and the film from getting too heavy, and has a hilarious scene on camera. William Hurt is an upcoming news anchor, nice to look at but vacant upstairs. Both are interested in Hunter, and all three were nominated for Oscars. Hurt’s idol is Washington, DC anchorman Jack Nicholson, who rarely takes a supporting role this minor, and uncredited.

Kind of a “dramedy” if that’s a word, it’s really a drama with some light touches. Seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Screenplay, but no awards.

Note: James Brooks got 3 Oscars for Terms of Endearment, and created Mary Tyler Moore and Taxi for tv, and has 8 nominations overall.


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