Both lead actor (Michael C. Hall) and actress (Rebecca Hall) share the same last name (unrelated) as well as both having spouses named Morgan, which is incidentally is also the last name of the character Michael played on Dexter. See more »
Though the movie suggests that Christina was avoiding the ovary surgery, the real-life Christine had her one bad ovary removed a year prior to her suicide. See more »
[referring to Bob Andersen possibly choosing one reporter to work in Baltimore]
Who's he going to pick?
I have no idea in hell Steve, but it's sure going to be a kick in the ass for the rest of us!
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The credits don't roll, but are in still form. See more »
Enter a world of ordinary mediocrity and disappointment--hard to pull off
A small market local television station in Western Florida in the 1970s might be the epitome of tawdry, pathetic America. Or so it appears here, where a rag-tag crew of struggling journalists and talking heads patch together a low budget news show every day. And ratings are going down.
Christine (played by Rebecca Hall) is a second string reporter in this wishful situation. Her life is full of compromises, and her efforts to excel at her work are awkward and sometimes sad. But she has determination, and works hard. When two of her colleagues are chosen over her for promotion, it's just another reminder that life sucks.
First point to make here: don't read anything about the big point of this movie ahead of time. I was lucky to not have a clue what this was all leading up to, and it was a final terrific punch to a slow, empathetic lead up.
By empathetic I mean that the movie makers (writer Craig Shilowich and director Antonia Campos) have shown the situation for what it was. It took a lot of restraint to keep this from turning to parody, or to become critical, or even to be highly dramatic in a kind of glitzy way. There is a steady, almost disappointing feeling to it all. Not a single character seems admirable, and yet every one is perfectly ordinary and nice. Even the incompetence throughout is a normal kind of mediocrity, mixed with sprinkles of hope and humor.
And people are generally good to each other even as they strive to move up (and out of Sarasota). It's a realistic construction of a mise-en-scene that will not sparkle or create intrigue or move you in particular. Until the end.
And that's pretty amazing. The dullness and the acting might strike you as just bad as if this movie just plain sucks. But it's not the movie, but the subject, that is so uninspiring. Stick it out, if you like it at all. Admire Hall's acting, which is remarkably nuanced.
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