Enjoyable piece on the consequences of ambition and it's oft-times bedfellows, deception and misdirection. Watched it right before the deadline as it was 30 days old. Glad I did. Watch this - and then go read about Stephen Glass. #modernfairytale http://www.newrepublic.com/article/120145/stephen-glass-new-republic-scandal-still-haunts-his-law-career
Was definitely wavering around the half way mark and thought it was a bit shit along with Christiansen's character seeming like a complete waste of space the whole way through. Glad that I stayed until the end; realising that I was actually supposed to find the central character an absolute tosser while sympathising, with Sarsaard's Chuck the whole time - but it also shouldn't be that hard to realise.
So surprised was everyone by Hayden Christensen's sublime central performance here that they failed to notice that this was arguably the finest newspaper reporter procedural thriller since All The President's Men. A terrific little film well worthy of the highest praise for packing so much detail into a relatively slim running time.
I was in need of a film that had a language I can understand on screen, as I was sewing a duvet cover. This fitted the bill. The duvet cover is pretty great, it is made of pure rust coloured linen and weighs 5 full kilos. I went for creative hems on the sides and still completed it during the film. As a matter of fact, I am not talking about the film as it is utterly unremarkable and a little bit painful to watch
Hayden Christensen is surprisingly (or not?) good at playing this awful character. A strangely true story of a successful journalist who made up more than half his material. The plot moves on rather hurriedly, though sluggishly, but the highlight is Christensen, actually.
A fun and compelling film about a young US journalist who conned the New Republic with stories produced out of thin air. Clever and fairly complex in its unreliable narration by a sociopathic protagonist, a mirror to his phony stories. Similar to The Social Network - but seems fairer to its real life characters and has a closer understanding of the key issues of its specific subject (i.e. journalism/social media).
We've all been caught in a lie before and it makes the story of Stephen Glass all the more excruciating to realise how easy it is to be caught up in the web of your own fictions and backpeddling. Shattered Glass, despite the array of recognisable faces, feels a bit TV movie at times but is nonetheless an enjoyable film about the unraveling of a career.