Monday, January 12, 2015

Movies with reporters

Yes, I ended up becoming a reporter.

Funny thing is, there are a number of movies and TV shows I enjoyed in my childhood that featured a reporter (or some other figure of journalism) as a main character. And I never realized until sometime last year just how many there were. A partial list for your perusal:
  • Roman Holiday
  • Early Edition (TV show)
  • It Happened One Night (sidenote: the plot is practically identical to Roman Holiday!)
  • Assassination Bureau (Diana Rigg is splendid as the investigative journalist, if completely unethical)
  • Superman (comics/movies)
  • Crocodile Dundee
  • Godzilla (the U.S. one with Matthew Broderick)
  • Twister (the lead guy was a weather reporter - and on an irrelevant note, Cary Elwes is a fantastic villain here)
  • Hoodwinked
More recently, a few other movies have featured reporters/editors in a lead role.
  • 27 Dresses
  • Hitch (well, she's a gossip columnist)
  • How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
  • Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Fascinating (at least to me). Of course, pretty much every journalist featured committed some glaringly horrific ethical no-no, but one comes to expect it of Hollywood.

P.S. Was there a reporter in "Independence Day" too? I haven't seen that in years but I feel like one part was shot in a newsroom... I don't think any main characters were reporters, though.

2 comments:

Abby said...

Let's see:
Dave was a cable repair worker with a degree from MIT.
His Dad was not, seemed to be retired.
His ex-wife was PR for the president, does that count?


Will Smith's character was in the Air Force.
His girl was a stripper.
Her kid was too young for a job, other than "shooting da aliens". :-D


The president, self explanatory.
His wife, ditto.
Associated peoples, not reporters, mostly military (did you realize Adam Baldwin [Jayne] was the super-serious military guy at Area 51?), or the ex-CIA jerk.


Drunk father/alien abductee, crop duster.
Kids, not reporters.


Data, a scientist.


Aliens, not reporters.


How's that for a commentary? Can you tell we just watched this with Makayla at her house Friday? :-D

Guitarlady said...

Maybe "The Devil Wears Prada"? Miranda was the editor-in-chief of a magazine.....