By : Yateendra Lawania , Source : General Archive
What we fetch in mind first in the name of journalism; is like Piranha hunting someone in deep blue waters. You are habitual to see it in many movies or in real incidences- a criminal, suspect, or celebrity gets down of car and he/she is immediately surrounded by a mob of journalists with their microphones, tape recorders and cameras. But this is not the complete story of journalism, genuinely it is all about expression and utterance. More than 1000 Films have shown many aspects of journalism. We can’t rate or list them as best or worst. But a few are still relevant, significant and the must watch for anyone who has slight interest in Journalism.
- His Girl Friday (1940)
Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell butt heads in this story of an ex-husband and editor trying to win back his star reporter and ex-wife, whom he still loves. But it’s about more than that. It’s about the dehumanization of their subjects. There’s one bleak exchange about changing the time of a hanging to make the evening edition. It’s cutthroat. Russell’s character laments that she doesn’t want to be a reporter, she just wants to be a woman. It’s a bit dated, but the ethical dilemmas are devastating. And in the end, Hildy is more journalist than lady.
Directed by – Howard Hawks
Based on – “The Front Page” 1928 Play by Ben Hecht Charles MacArthur
Cary Grant (Walter Burns) , Hildegard Johnson (Rosalind Russell), Ralph Bellamy (Bruce Baldwin) and Gene Lockhart (Earl Williams)
- All The President’s Men (1976)
There’s three types of freshman journalism majors: ones who want to be Carrie Bradshaw, ones who want to write for Rolling Stone, and ones who want to be Woodward and Bernstein. I was the last one. All The President’s Men follows the Watergate scandal and features Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as sexier versions of Woodward and Bernstein. Nice.
Directed by – Alan J. Pakula
Based on – “All the President’s Men” by Carl Bernstein Bob Woodward
Robert Redford (Bob Woodward), Dustin Hoffman (Carl Bernstein), Jack Warden (Harry M. Rosenfeld), Martin Balsam (Howard Simons), Hal Holbrook (Deep Throat), Jason Robards (Ben Bradlee) and Jane Alexander (Judy Hoback Miller)
- Ace In The Hole (1951)
Kirk Douglas plays a disgraced reporter who’ll stop at nothing to get his job back. It’s directed by Billy Wilder who pretty much directed everything in the 1950s. Legit everything. Have you guys ever seen young Kirk Douglas? It’s wild. He looks like…well, Michael Douglas.
Directed by – Billy Wilder
Story by – Victor Desny
Kirk Douglas (Chuck Tatum), Jan Sterling (Lorraine Minosa), Robert Arthur (Herbie Cook), Porter Hall (Jacob Q. Boot), Frank Cady (Mr. Federber), Richard Benedict (Leo Minosa), Ray Teal (Sheriff Kretzer) and Lewis Martin (Mc Carle)
- Capote (2005)
I LOVE THIS MOVIE. Though not technically a journalism film, it is about Truman Capote’s research for the best journalistic book I’ve ever read “In Cold Blood.” If you have not read “In Cold Blood,” you are making a mistake. It’s freaking fantastic. Anyway, Philip Seymour Hoffman is his usual flawless self and this film is great and twisted.
Directed by – Bennett Miller
Based on – “Capote” by Gerald Clarke
Philip Seymour Hoffman (Truman Capote), Catherine Keener (Nelle Harper Lee), Clifton Collins, Jr. (Perry Smith), Chris Cooper (Alvin Dewey), Bob Balaban (William Shawn), Bruce Greenwood (Jack Dunphy), Katherine Shindle (Rose), Amy Ryan (Marie Dewey) Mark Pellegrino (Richard Hickock), Allie Mickelson (Laura Kinney), Marshall Bell (Warden Marshall Krutch), Araby Lockhart (Dorothy Sanderson), Robert Huculak (New York Reporter) R. D. Reid (Roy Church) Rob McLaughlin (Harold Nye), Harry Nelken (Sheriff Walter Sanderson), C. Ernst Harth (Lowell Lee Andrews) and Jeremy Dangerfield (Jury Foreman)
- Network (1976)
A total journalism classic. Peter Finch plays Howard Beale, anchor for the fictional UBS Evening News, who announces he is planning on committing suicide on air. What follows is PERFECT satire. Plus you get this:
Directed by – Sidney Lumet
Written by – Paddy Chayefsky
Faye Dunaway (Diana Christensen), William Holden (Max Schumacher), Peter Finch (Howard Beale), Robert Duvall (Frank Hackett), Wesley Addy (Nelson Chaney), Ned Beatty (Arthur Jensen), Beatrice Straight (Louise Schumacher), Jordan Charney (Harry Hunter), William Prince (Edward Ruddy), Lane Smith (Robert McDonough), Marlene Warfield (Laureen Hobbs) and Conchata Ferrell (Barbara Schlesinger)
- Deadline USA (1952)
The title of this movie is a bit Miley Cyrus-esque, but it’s a good one. Humphrey Bogart stars in this gangster noir film as a crusading newspaper editor. Love me some Bogie.
Directed by – Richard Brooks
Written by – Richard Brooks
Humphrey Bogart (Ed Hutcheson), Ethel Barrymore (Margaret Garrison) Kim Hunter (Nora Hutcheson) Ed Begley (Frank Allen) Warren Stevens (George Burrows) Paul Stewart (Harry Thompson), Martin Gabel (Tomas Rienzi), Joe De Santis (Herman Schmidt), Joyce MacKenzie (Katherine Garrison Geary), Audrey Christie (Mrs. Willebrandt), Fay Baker (Alice Garrison Courtney), Jim Backus (Jim Cleary) and James Dean (Copyboy)
- Broadcast News (1987)
The film revolves around three characters who work in television news. Jane Craig (Hunter) is a talented, neurotic producer whose life revolves around her work. Jane’s best friend and frequent collaborator, Aaron Altman (Brooks), is a gifted writer and reporter ambitious for on-camera exposure who is secretly in love with Jane. Tom Grunick (Hurt), a local news anchorman who until recently was a sports anchorman, is likeable and telegenic, but lacks news experience and knows that he was only hired for his good looks and charm. He is attracted to Jane, although he is also intimidated by her skills and intensity. All three work out of the Washington, D.C., office of a national television network. Craig is drawn to Grunick, but resents his lack of qualifications for his new position as news anchor. Altman also is appalled by Grunick’s lack of experience and knowledge, but accepts his advice when finally getting an opportunity to anchor a newscast himself. Unfortunately, he lacks Grunick’s poise and composure in that seat, his debut as anchor a resounding failure.
Directed by – James L. Brooks
Written by – James L. Brooks
William Hurt (Tom Grunick), Albert Brooks (Aaron Altman), Holly Hunter (Jane Craig), Robert Prosky (Ernie Merriman), Lois Chiles (Jennifer Mack), Joan Cusack (Blair Litton), Peter Hackes (Paul Moore), Christian Clemenson (Bobby), Jack Nicholson (Bill Rorish), Leo Burmester (Jane’s Dad), Marita Geraghty (Date-Rape Woman), Glen Roven (News Theme Writer) and John Cusack (Angry Messenger)
- Frost/Nixon (2008)
Michael Sheen and Frank Langella give OUTSTANDING performances in this adaptation of the 2006 play about the infamous interviews between British journalist David Frost and disgraced President Richard Nixon in 1977. Both actors freaking nail it so hard. Though there’s been some criticism for historical inaccuracy, Frost/Nixon is a stellar movie. And oh man: “When the President does it, that means it’s not illegal.” Journalistic gold.
Directed by – Ron Howard
Based on – “Frost/Nixon” by Peter Morgan
Frank Langella (Richard Nixon), Michael Sheen (David Frost), Kevin Bacon (Jack Brennan), Oliver Platt (Bob Zelnick), Sam Rockwell (James Reston Jr.), Matthew Macfadyen (John Birt), Rebecca Hall (Caroline Cushing), Patty McCormack (Pat Nixon), Toby Jones (Swifty Lazar), Andy Milder (Frank Gannon), Keith MacKechnie (Marvin Minoff), Clint Howard (Lloyd Davis) and Rance Howard (Ollie)
- Page One (2011)
This documentary follows a year in the life of the New York Times. It was super entertaining, not only as a great look into the goings-on of the world’s most respected paper. (Full disclosure: I freelance for them!) But it introduced us to the rogue David Carr and showed us Brian Stetler handling Julian Assange when Wikileaks was breaking. All in all, fascinating stuff. A riveting must-see for anyone in journalism.
Directed by – Andrew Rossi
Written by – Kate Novack and Andrew Rossi
New York Times Media Desk, Business Desk, Foreign Desk, Masthead Desk
- Good Night, Good Luck (2005)
Like the conflict of Frost/Nixon, this George Clooney-directed black and white film pits newsman Edward R. Murrow against anti-Communist Senator Joseph McCarthy. The focus is on the theme of media responsibility and juxtaposes modern day with the newsroom of the 1950s. In the end, Murrow admonishes his audience for squandering the potential of broadcast news to educate and inform, instead using it for fear-mongering and scandal. A relevant message.
Directed by – George Clooney
Written by – George Clooney and Grant Heslov
David Strathairn (Edward R. Murrow, journalist and host of the CBS television program See It Now), George Clooney (Fred W. Friendly, coproducer with Murrow of See It Now), Robert Downey, Jr. (Joseph Wershba, writer, editor, and correspondent for CBS News), Patricia Clarkson (Shirley Wershba), Frank Langella (William Paley, chief executive of CBS), Jeff Daniels (Sig Mickelson, Director of CBS News), Tate Donovan (Jesse Zousmer), Ray Wise (Don Hollenbeck, journalist for CBS News; accused in the press of being a “pinko”.), Alex Borstein (Natalie Thomas), McCarthy (Palmer Williams), Rose Abdoo (Mili Lerner), Reed Diamond (John Aaron) and Matt Ross (Eddie Scott)
- Newsies (1992)
A movie musical that basically made my childhood. Newsies follows the turn of the century newspaper boys as they fight against the big newspaper magnate’s trying to get them to work for less pay. With the help of a reporter (Bill Pullman), they decide to protest in hopes of a better life. Christian Bale does a dance with a lasso and it’s all real homoerotic. SEIZE THE DAY!
Directed by – Kenny Ortega
Based on – New York City Newsboys Strike of 1899
Christian Bale (Jack Kelly), David Moscow (David Jacobs), Bill Pullman (Bryan Denton), Robert Duvall (Joseph “Jo” Pulitzer), Ann-Margret (Medda Larkson), Luke Edwards (Les Jacobs), Ele Keats (Sarah Jacobs), Aaron Lohr (Mush Meyers), Max Casella (Racetrack Higgins), Michael A. Goorjian (Skittery), Gabriel Damon (Spot Conlon), Marty Belafsky (Crutchy) Jeffrey DeMunn (Mayer JacobsDeborra)
- Shattered Glass (2003)
Hayden Christensen plays Stephen Glass, a journalist accused of making up stories for The New Republic as his lies become unraveled. His rapid rise to journalistic fame caused too much pressure and Glass’s interview subjects were fictional, and his stories never happened. He also takes his editor, who stands by his reporter, down with him. It’s not unlike the cringe-worthy Jayson Blair or Jonah Lehrer stories. All too common in journalism.
Directed by – Billy Ray
Written by – Billy Ray
Based on – An article by Buzz Bissinger
Hayden Christensen (Stephen Glass), Peter Sarsgaard (Charles Lane), Chloë Sevigny (Caitlin Avey – a fictional character based on Hanna Rosin), Hank Azaria (Michael Kelly), Melanie Lynskey (Amy Brand), Steve Zahn (Adam Penenberg), Rosario Dawson (Andy Fox) and Ted Kotcheff (Marty Peretz)
- Citizen Kane (1941)
Arguably the best movie ever made, Citizen Kane is about a wealthy media proprietor/newspaper publisher and recluse (Orson Welles) and the ambitious young reporter who wants to find out everything about the now-dead man’s private life. The story takes place through the writer’s interviews with Kane’s family and friends. So not only is it the best movie, but it’s also one of the best about newspapers and journalism. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present ÒLinwood Dunn: Celebrating a Visual Effects Pioneer,Ó a program exploring the contributions of Linwood Dunn and the techniques he used in creating optical effects for Orson WellesÕs ÒCitizen Kane,Ó on Friday, October 9, at 8 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. The evening also will feature a screening of a newly struck print of ÒCitizen KaneÓ from the Academy Film Archive. This event is sold out, but standby tickets may become available.
Directed by – Orson Welles
Based on – Quasi-biography of Charles Foster Kane
Orson Welles (Charles Foster Kane), Joseph Cotten (Jedediah Leland), Dorothy Comingore (Susan Alexander Kane), Everett Sloane (Mr. Bernstein), Ray Collins (Jim W. Gettys), George Coulouris (Walter Parks), Agnes Moorehead (Mary Kane), Paul Stewart (Raymond, Kane), Ruth Warrick (Emily Monroe), Erskine Sanford (Herbert Carter), William Alland (Jerry Thompson), Georgia Backus (Bertha Anderson) and Fortunio Bonanova (Signor Matiste)
- Anchorman (2004)
Oh come on. It’s about broadcast news! This Will Ferrell comedy is a pretty spot-on satire of 1970s local news channels and the feminist movement. A group of local TV personalities go crazy when a woman joins the staff as a reporter and news anchor. Is it weird that I totally related to Christina Applegate’s desire for respect from her colleagues? Plus, whatever Anchorman is super funny. I love lamp!
Directed by – Adam McKay
Written by – Will Ferrell and Adam McKay
Will Ferrell (Ron Burgundy), Christina Applegate (Veronica Corningstone), Paul Rudd (Brian Fantana), Steve Carell (Brick Tamland), Chris Parnell (Garth Holliday), Fred Armisen (Tino) and Kathryn Hahn (Helen)
- Almost Famous (2000)
This is more of a rock n’ roll movie but it does follow a young boy who wants to write about music for Rolling Stone. When William gets too close to his subjects and too immersed in his story, his small-town life changes into a big-time show biz mess. All those freshman year journalism majors who wanted to be music journalists? This movie made them think they were golden gods.
Directed by – Cameron Crowe
Written by – Cameron Crowe
Patrick Fugit (William Miller), Billy Crudup (Russell Hammond), Frances McDormand (Elaine Miller), Kate Hudson (Penny Lane), Jason Lee (Jeff Bebe), Zooey Deschanel (Anita Miller), Anna Paquin (Polexia Aphrodisia), Fairuza Balk (Sapphire) and Bijou Phillips (Estrella Starr)
- A Mighty Heart (2007)
Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl went missing in Pakistan after he was supposed to interview an Islamic fundamentalist. His pregnant wife, Mariane Pearl, also a journalist, embarks on a search to find her husband. While the story is sensationalized in film, it’s a great reminder of the risks and sacrifices some brave journalists face to bring us the news. While there was no Oscar love for this film, Angelina Jolie was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress for her role as Mariane Pearl.
Directed by – Michael Winterbottom
Based on – A “Mighty Heart” by Mariane Pearl Wife of Daniel Pearl (Wall Street Journal reporter Kidnapped and killed by terrorist in Pakistan)
Dan Futterman (Daniel Pearl), Angelina Jolie (Mariane Pearl), Will Patton (Randall Bennett), Alyy Khan (Sheikh Omar), Archie Panjabi (Asra Nomani), Irrfan Khan (Zeeshan Kazmi), Adnan Siddiqui (Dost Aliani), William Hoyland (John Bauman), Denis O’Hare (John Bussey), Bilal Saeed (Moinuddin Haider) and Shah Murad Aliani (Amjad Farooqi)
- Balibo (2009)
I’ll be honest, I’ve never heard of this film about war correspondent (Roger East) and Romos-Horta covering the murders of the “Balibo Five,” five journalists that go missing at Indonesia prepares to invade East Timor in 1975. This is one of the films I discovered through my informal poll on Twitter. Hat tip to Hilton Thom for bringing this one to my attention. I also didn’t know Indonesia every tried to invade another country, so I got a history lesson writing this post as well. I’d love to get some reader feedback on this one, since I’m clearly not the best endorser for the film.
Directed by – Robert Connolly
Written by – David Williamson
Anthony LaPaglia (Roger East), Oscar Isaac (José Ramos-Horta), Damon Gameau (Greg Shackleton), Gyton Grantley (Gary Cunningham), Nathan Phillips (Malcolm Rennie), Mark Winter (Tony Stewart) and Thomas Wright (Brian Peters)
- Helvetica (2007)
In the Best Documentary named after everyone’s favorite font, this suggestion came in from another Journalistics reader. It’s a documentary about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. This is one of my favorite additions to this list, because you won’t find it on any of the other journalism movie posts out there. I’d love some reader feedback on this one if you’ve watched it. I can’t remember which reader suggested this – if it was you, let me know via the comments or Twitter (and thanks).
Directed by – Gary Hustwit
Based on – Typography and Graphic Design
- Missing (1982)
Another great suggestion from the readers. Another Oscar-winning movie with a journalistic undertone, Missing is a story about a writer that disappears during the Right Wing military coup in 1973 Chile and his family tries to find him. I’ve never seen the movie, but a surprising number of you have. I also don’t remember the coup – but that’s probably because I wasn’t born yet. Please chime in on this one in the comments if you’ve seen it. Missing won the Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay, and it was nominated for Best Actor (Jack Lemmon), Best Actress (Sissy Spacek) and Best Picture. I’m going to watch this one for sure.
Directed by – Costa-Gavras
Based on – “Missing” by Thomas Hauser
Jack Lemmon (Edmund Horman), Sissy Spacek (Beth Horman), Melanie Mayron (Terry Simon), John Shea (Charles ‘Charlie’ Horman), Charles Cioffi (Capt. Ray Tower, USN), David Clennon (Consul Phil Putnam), Richard Venture (U.S. Ambassador), Jerry Hardin (Colonel Sean Patrick) and Richard Bradford (Andrew Babcock)
- The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Daniel Craig plays the part of Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist searching for a woman who has been missing for forty years. This bestseller turned journalism-related film was an Oscar favorite this year, winning for Best Achievement in Film Editing and receiving six other nominations, including Best Actress (Rooney Mara). As if you needed an excuse to watch this one. It’s great (and yes, I know, the book is better).
Directed by – David Fincher
Based on – “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson
Daniel Craig (Mikael Blomkvist), Rooney Mara (Lisbeth Salander) Christopher Plummer (Henrik Vanger), Stellan Skarsgård (Martin Vanger), Steven Berkoff (Dirch Frode), Robin Wright (Erika Berger), Yorick van Wageningen (Nils Bjurman) and Joely Richardson (Harriet Vanger)
- The Killing Fields (1984)
The Killing Fields deserves a place on this list. It’s the only film with a photojournalism hook, based on a New York Times journalist and photographer Sydney Schanberg who covered the Civil War in Cambodia in the 70s. A war that claimed the lives of more than two million “undesirable” civilians during Pol Pot’s bloody “Year Zero” cleansing campaign. The film earned three Oscars, including Best Supporting Actor (Haing S. Ngor), and was nominated for four others, including Best Actor (Sam Waterston), Best Director (Roland Joffe), Best Picture and Best Writing, Screenplay.
Directed by – Roland Joffé
Based on – “The Death and Life of Dith Pran” by Sydney Schanberg
Sam Waterston (Sydney Schanberg), Dr. Haing S. Ngor (Dith Pran), John Malkovich (Al Rockoff) Julian Sands (Jon Swain), Craig T. Nelson (Military Attache), Spalding Gray (U.S. Consul), Bill Paterson (Dr. MacEntire), Athol Fugard (Dr. Sundesval) and Graham Kennedy (Dougal)
- Salvador (1986)
A journalist, down on his luck in the US, drives to El Salvador to chronicle the events of the 1980 military dictatorship, including the assasination of Archbishop Oscar Romero. He forms an uneasy alliance with both guerillas in the countryside who want him to get pictures out to the US press, and the right-wing military, who want him to bring them photographs of the rebels. Meanwhile he has to find a way of protecting his Salvadorean girlfriend and getting her out of the country. Written by Tony Bowden.
Directed by – Oliver Stone
Written by – Oliver Stone and Richard Boyle
James Woods (Richard Boyle), Jim Belushi (Doctor Rock), Michael Murphy (Ambassador Thomas Kelly), John Savage (John Cassady), Elpidia Carrillo (María), Cindy Gibb (Cathy Moore) and Tony Plana (Major Maximiliano Casanova)
- Shock Corridor (1963)
Johnny Barrett, an ambitious journalist, is determined to win a Pulitzer Prize by solving a murder committed in a lunatic asylum and witnessed only by three inmates, from whom the police have been unable to extract the information. With the connivance of a psychiatrist, and the reluctant help of his girlfriend, he succeeds in having himself declared insane and sent to the asylum. There he slowly tracks down and interviews the witnesses – but things are stranger than they seem. Written by David Levene
Directed by – Samuel Fuller
Written by – Samuel Fuller
Peter Breck (Johnny Barrett), Constance Towers (Cathy), Gene Evans (Boden), James Best (Stuart), Hari Rhodes (Trent), Larry Tucker (Pagliacci), Paul Dubov (Dr. J.L. Menkin) and Chuck Roberson (Wilkes)
- The Passenger (1975)
A journalist researching a documentary in the Sahara Desert meets a gunrunner who dies suddenly. When the journalist notices that they have a similar appearance, he assumes the recently deceased’s identity and accepts the consequences that it brings. Written by MuzikJunky.
Directed by – Michelangelo Antonioni
Written by – Michelangelo Antonioni and Peter Wollen
Jack Nicholson (David Locke), Maria Schneider (the Girl), Steven Berkoff (Stephen) and Ian Hendry (Martin Knight)
- Scandal Sheet (1952)
The editor of a New York exploitation newspaper meets the wife he had abandoned years ago, while using another name, at a LonelyHearts ball sponsored by his newspaper. She threatens to expose him as a wife-deserter, wife-beater and an impostor, and, in anger, he hits her with his fist and accidentally kills her. Later, when her body is found, he assigns his protégé reporter to the story, as a good, exploitable follow-up story to the ball. And, then, he is forced to sit back and watch while the reporter slowly tracks down the killer. Written by Les Adams.
Directed by – Phil Karlson
Based on – “The Dark Page” by Samuel Fuller
Broderick Crawford (Mark Chapman), Donna Reed (Julie Allison), John Derek (Steve McCleary), Rosemary DeCamp (Charlotte Grant), Henry O’Neill (Charlie Barnes), Harry Morgan (Biddle), James Millican (Lt. Davis) Griff Barnett (Judge Elroy Hacker) and Jonathan Hale (Frank Madison)
- Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
J.J. Hunsecker, the most powerful newspaper columnist in New York, is determined to prevent his sister from marrying Steve Dallas, a jazz musician. He therefore covertly employs Sidney Falco, a sleazy and unscrupulous press agent, to break up the affair by any means possible. Written by David Levene
Directed by – Alexander Mackendrick
Written by – Ernest Lehman (novelette), Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman
Burt Lancaster (J. J. Hunsecker), Tony Curtis (Sidney Falco), Susan Harrison (Susan Hunsecker), Martin Milner (Steve Dallas), Sam Levene (Frank D’Angelo), Barbara Nichols (Rita), Jeff Donnell (Sally), Joe Frisco (Herbie Temple) and Emile Meyer (Lt. Harry Kello, NYPD)
- Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)
Philip Green is a highly respected writer who is recruited by a national magazine to write a series of articles on anti-Semitism in America. He’s not too keen on the series, mostly because he’s not sure how to tackle the subject. Then it dawns on him: if he was to pretend to all and sundry that he was Jewish, he could then experience the degree of racism and prejudice that exists and write his story from that perspective. It takes little time for him to experience bigotry. His anger at the way he is treated also affects his relationship with Kathy Lacy, his publisher’s niece and the person who suggested the series in the first place. Written by garykmcd.
Directed by – Elia Kazan
Based on – “Gentleman’s Agreement” by Laura Z. Hobson
Gregory Peck (Philip Schuyler Green) Anne Revere (Mrs. Green) Dorothy McGuire (Kathy Lacey) June Havoc (Elaine Wales), John Garfield (Dave Goldman)
- State of Play (2009)
A petty thief is gunned down in an alley and a Congressman’s assistant falls in front of a subway – two seemingly unrelated deaths. But not to wisecracking, brash newspaper reporter Cal McAffrey who spies a conspiracy waiting to be uncovered. With a turbulent past connected to the Congressman and the aid of ambitious young rookie writer Della Frye, Cal begins uprooting clues that lead him to a corporate cover-up full of insiders, informants, and assassins. But as he draws closer to the truth, the relentless journalist must decide if it’s worth risking his life and selling his soul to get the ultimate story. Written by The Massie Twins
Directed by – Kevin Macdonald
Based on – “State of Play” by Paul Abbott
Russell Crowe (Cal McCaffrey), Ben Affleck (Stephen Collins), Rachel McAdams (Della Kelly)
- Nightcrawler (2014)
NIGHTCRAWLER is a thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling – where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Written by Open Road Films
Directed by – Dan Gilroy
Written by – Dan Gilroy
Jake Gyllenhaal (Louis “Lou” Bloom), Rene Russo (Nina Romina), Riz Ahmed (Rick), Bill Paxton (Joe Loder), Ann Cusack (Linda) and Kevin Rahm (Frank Kruse)
- The Parallax View (1974)
Joe Frady is a determined reporter who often needs to defend his work from colleagues. After the assassination of a prominent U.S. senator, Frady begins to notice that reporters present during the assassination are dying mysteriously. After getting more involved in the case, Frady begins to realize that the assassination was part of a conspiracy somehow involving the Parallax Corporation, an enigmatic training institute. He then decides to enroll for the Parallax training himself to discover the truth. Written by Philip Brubaker
Directed by – Alan J. Pakula
Based on – “The Parallax View” by Loren Singer
Warren Beatty (Joseph Frady), Paula Prentiss (Lee Carter), Hume Cronyn (Bill Rintels), William Daniels (Austin Tucker), Walter McGinn (Jack Younger), Kelly Thorsden (Sheriff L.D. Wicker) and Chuck Waters (Thomas Richard Linder)