Film 23 - Network (1976)
“I’m mad as hell!”
What an exceptional film. Clearly this has had a massive influence on writers like Aaron Sorkin, and rightly so. Right from the beginning this story of a network news show was enthralling. Particularly the character of Diana, played by Faye Dunaway. Wow, what a woman! I’m not sure about the historical context of the film exactly, but it seemed to me like Diana was quite a progressive character, as the president of programming at the fictional UBS station. She fucked like a man in the bedroom and the boardroom, and I loved every minute of it. Of course this film was bound to be exceptional with a creative team of Sidney Lumet as director and Paddy Chayefsky as writer. This film definitely deserves to be in the top 100 no questions asked.
Verdict: Exceptional film!
Worthy of the Top 100: Absolutely
Film 19: Bonnie and Clyde
“We rob banks”
So I haven’t written one of these in quite some time, but I figured I would try and get back into it, albeit at a slower pace.
This film was interesting in its groundbreaking depiction of sex and violence, practically unseen in film up until this point. It was intriguing because it was from the point of view of Bonnie and Clyde, rather than from a cop or agent trying to capture them. As such, we were able to sympathise with these outlaws, despite their many crimes and the murders they committed. This film is considered to be the beginning of the New Hollywood Cinema, so its a very important piece of film, and I think rightly so. On its own as a film its great, to put it simply.
Verdict: Great outlaw film, and important piece of cinematic history
Worthy of the Top 100: Yes