LocaKitty (locakitty) wrote,
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Saw Network this afternoon whilst hanging out with benlinus. I had never seen this movie before, save for one scene with some Communists and lawyers discussing Capitalist Corporate principles.

Laureen Hobbs: Don't fuck with my distribution costs! I'm making a lousy two-fifteen per segment and I'm already deficiting twenty-five grand a week with Metro! I'm paying William Morris ten percent off the top, and I'm giving this turkey ten thou per segment, and another five to this fruitcake! And Helen, don't start no shit about UBS again! I'm paying Metro twenty-thousand for all foreign and Canadian distribution, and that's after recoupment! The communist party's not gonna see a nickel out of this goddamn show until we go into syndication!

Helen Miggs: C'mon Laurene. The party's in for seventy-five hundred a week of the production expenses.

Laureen Hobbs: I'm not giving this pseudoinsurrectionary sedentarian a piece of my show! I'm not giving him script approval, and I sure as shit ain't gotten him into my distribution charges!

Mary Ann Gifford: [screaming] You fucking fascist! Did you see the film we made of the San Reno jail breakout, demonstrating the rising of the seminal prisoner class infrastructure?

Laureen Hobbs: You can blow the seminal prisoner class infrastructure out your ass! I'm not knockin' down my goddamn distribution charges!

Great Ahmed Kahn: [fires off his gun through the ceiling] Man, give her the FUCKING overhead clause. Let's get back to page twenty-two, number 5, small 'a'. Subsidiary rights.

It cracked me up. So, upon reading something in BusinessWeek last week regarding some new programming that A&E is coming up with and a quote from the 1976 movie, Network.

I decided then and there that this weekend would be used to watch this movie.

I'm glad I made that decision. It is still relevant to this day. The exploitation of disaster, carnage and chaos to make a buck. The ability to sell a man's slow descent into madness to an audience who thinks it's all a show, but also thinks it's all real.

The irony is fairly thick in this movie, too. But, it isn't smack you over the head irony, it's just there. And the dialogue is fantastic.

The 4 Oscars(TM) that this film won were totally deserved. I think this one is going to be added to the DVD library in my home.
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