Mary Poppins Returns
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'Page One: Inside the New York Times' is sanguine about change. It describes it, captures it, but doesn't lament it.
If you're reading this article, chances are you have at least a passing interest in the role and value of newspapers. You like original reporting and writing enough to pay for it, online or on newsprint. And you'd probably enjoy Page One.
In journalism parlance, we have a dozen or so sidebars crowding out a fabulous front-page feature.
As an avid media watcher, I didn't come away from this with any new insights, but the movie is a pretty good snapshot of the daily newspaper business in transition and turmoil.
A fascinating study of a newspaper doing its best to not just survive but to continue to do so with excellence while the world tilts beneath the venerable broadsheet.
Even if the movie fails to truly capture the inner workings of a newspaper and the amount of work required to print an issue every day, it's still a highly entertaining snapshot of a culture in the midst of a rapid transformation...
The disjointed doc doesn't deliver on its promise to show us its "unprecedented access" to the newsroom, either.
Carr brings an intoxicating degree of wit and honesty to the documentary. His professional integrity and genuine belief in the paper are what truly draws the audience into the film.
As the film preened and poked around, something in me kept shouting, "stop press." Or maybe just, "stop."
Page One is always about at least six subjects at once, firing like a scatter-gun and only occasionally hitting its targets.
Worth watching even if it fails to deal with the paper's troubled relationship to the power elite that effectively makes it our Pravda.
Seemed naively optimistic about newspapers, even when new. Now?
David Carr needs his own movie
I kind of saw this as a one-stop-shop advertisement to subscribe to the NYT paywall rather than any substantial docudrama. I learned more about what it was like to work for the Times in that fashion documentary, Bill Cunningham New York, than in this one. The movie's only saving grace (and it was a big one) is David Carr. He's the greatest.
Interesting behind-the-scenes moments over the past 12 months, scattered throughout the movie, help to demonstrate the included arguments from the New York Times (and other legacy news media) for its necessity to exist in this new age of blogs and twitter. It's effective, but the movie could have been more efficient... it meanders.
A bit unfocused at times, but overall a very interesting look at the state of modern journalism and how it's being impacted by technological and sociological change - particularly the advent of social media. What I think one takes away from this movie is the realization that while the platforms through which the news is delivered may be changing - as they have been for centuries - the human ingenuity, talent and intelligence behind responsible journalism will remain the key to its survival.
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