The astounding documentary Page One: Inside the New York Times provides an unprecedented all-access look into the inner sanctums of Americas newspaper of record. It focuses particularly on the reporters who covered the media business over the past year, from the WikiLeaks leak to the Comcast/NBC merger to the apocalyptic prophesies about daily newspapers demises, their own included. A lot of media-related issues are touched upon in the movies 96 minutes, and to filmmaker Andrew Rossis credit, it all flows together like a great investigative piece in the Times. At the narratives center are colorful characters any reporter would love covering like David Carr, a gravel-voiced, ex-crack addict reborn as the Times media-bureau pit bull and public face of the department. While the Times may feel like a historical relic to young people fueled by blogosphere convenience and Twitter instantaneity, Page One shows us that the Gray Lady is still sharp, spry, and relevant, even if newer startups have finally pointed out her wrinkles. It opens Friday at Regal Shadowood 16 and Living Room Theaters at FAU (777 Glades Road, Boca Raton) and Regal Delray Beach 18. Visit takepart.com/pageone.
Fri., July 8; Thu., July 14, 2011