Page One looks at the future of print media in America. The documentary takes us inside the New York Times at a time when newspapers are going bankrupt and folding at an alarming rate. The Times tries to adapt to the digital age and a generation with new attitudes toward what “news” is, while trying to maintain the ethics of fact-based, professional journalism. The newspaper competes with blogs, social media, Wikileaks, and the aggregation of mainstream media through sites such as The Huffington Post and Gawker.
Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker is an intense film about the dangerous work of an American bomb squad during wartime in the Middle East. A tense and action-packed film, The Hurt Locker is well-paced and well-written, providing a new way of looking at a long-standing conflict outside gun fare and politics. The characters particularly add a personal dimension to the story, amplifying the danger of their work.
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Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim reminds us that education “statistics” have names: Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Daisy, and Emily, whose stories make up the engrossing foundation of WAITING FOR SUPERMAN. As he follows a handful of promising kids through a system that inhibits, rather than encourages, academic growth, Guggenheim undertakes an exhaustive review of public education, surveying “drop-out factories” and “academic sinkholes,” methodically dissecting the system and its seemingly intractable problems. Written by Sundance Film Festival.
Waiting for Superman is currently on Reserve in the library.