Thursday, September 17, 2015

Thursday Movie Picks #62: Journalists/Reporters for Print/TV



Hello there and welcome to Thursday Movie Picks a weekly series where you share three movie picks each Thursday. The rules are simple simple: Each week there is a topic for you to create a list of three movies. Your picks can either be favourites/best, worst, hidden gems, or if you're up to it one of each.For further details visit the series main page here.


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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Journalists/Reporters for Print/TV

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Hi! It's Thursday once more! There's no short of depiction of journalists or reporters in movies so I'm sure you won't have such a hard time with your picks today. Here are my picks:

Shattered Glass (2003)
Hayden Christensen hasn't had much luck after the Star Wars prequels but the movies he did before he was good in including Shattered Glass. Based on a true story, he plays Stephen Glass, a young journalist at a magazine who wrote articles where more than half were either partially or completely made up. It was amazing the amount of deception and fabrication he got away with because he was a charming character well liked by his colleagues. What were the fact checkers and editor doing? Now if you've already seen and like Shattered Glass, I recommend seeing The Hoax another based on a true story movie, this time about the fake Howard Hughes autobiography. 

All the President's Men (1976)
Not much to say about this one other than I expect to see this movie picked a lot this week and rightly so. It was captivating, suspenseful and I found it as great as everyone says it is.  

Philomena (2013)
I've been meaning to watch The Magdalene Sisters for some time, even borrowed the dvd but just could not find myself to be in the mood to watch it. The premise is so bleak. Philomena on the other hand has a bright poster so I gave it a watch. In the movie which is based on a real story (all my picks are today), Judi Dench plays Philomena one of what they used to call "fallen women" like some of the women in The Magdalene Sisters. She had got pregnant in her youth out of wedlock, was sent to a convent because of it and had her child taken away from her. Steven Coogan plays a journalist who reluctantly takes up the job of writing a human interest story and goes on a journey with Philomena in search of the son she lost. The movie could have been a complete bleak tearjerker, Philomena's story is just heartbreaking, but the movie manages to have the right blend of drama and dry humour playing with Philomena's gentle optimistic character against the cynical journalist.

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So that's it...my three picks. What three movies made your list today?

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16 comments:

  1. Sadly, I still need to see All the President's Men. Actually, I need to see all of these. Great picks!

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  2. Ooh I haven't seen any of these yet! Shattered Glass sounds really interesting though, I'm going to have to check that one out soon.
    - Allie

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  3. I really need to finish Shattered Glass. I started watching it years ago but never got around to completing it. I've never seen All the President's Men, but Philomena is a great choice!

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    1. Why...I hope you don't find it boring.

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  4. How can you not pick All the President's Men? It's the movie that all investigative journalism movies are compared to. I always meant to see Shattered Glass but never got around to it. And I love Philomena. This was a fun week.

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  5. Good choices. I approached Philomena cautiously since the lion's share of the praise for it was for Judi Dench and the word on the rest was that it wasn't much but I found the whole of it entertaining. Judi was wonderful of course.

    I didn't care for Shattered Glass that much, I found Christensen a very weak link in it but the rest of the cast good. However All the President's Men is one of my favorite films, in my top 10. It is just perfect in about every way possible.

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  6. I didn't like Philomena as much as I hoped. I feel like I should try again but there are SO many movies I haven't seen that I don't want to waste time watching one I didn't love again. The other two are really, really good, though.

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    1. I can understand that. Usually when I do try a movie again, it's several years after. Sometimes a movie works for you at different points of your life.

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  7. I have not seen Shattered Glass and All The President's Men is another film I have to see. I remember this watergate scandal even though I was a kid. I enjoyed Philomena-It was sad but still had some bright moments and a bond between her and the journalist

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    1. Philomena - Yes, they have good chemistry.

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  8. Oh cool! We actually shared two movies today, though one is in my BONUS pick :D I'll publish mine shortly, I LOVE this week's topic!

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  9. Shattered Glass is such a perfect choice here!

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  10. Yep. No surprise to see All the Presidents Men select so often, it's such a great film. Philomena is a great film and Judy Dench is superb.

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  11. All the President's Men is so great! Haven't seen the others.

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