Saturday, May 2, 2015

Movie of the Month: Broadcast News

The news business is an interesting environment. The only thing that matters is the story and who gets the scoop first. It is a dog-eat-dog world and if you let it, it will eat you alive. This was never captured better than in the 1987 romantic comedy Broadcast News. This James L. Brooks film tends to poke fun at the interesting personalities and quirks that go on in a TV newsroom, but it also sheds light on an industry that many have no idea what goes on behind close doors. The film starred Holly Hunter, William Hurt, and Albert Brooks as TV journalists based in Washington who are not only at war with each other professionally but also in love with each other personally. While the technology in the film is archaic, watching it now, nearly 30 years later, the ideas of that newsroom are the same and with our fast paced world we live in now, it is curious to see how these characters in this film would waver today.