Saturday, September 27, 2014

Shattered Glass 2003

Shattered Glass

     This film is basted on the true story of Washington D.C. journalist Stephen Glass.  He worked as a writer at New Republic Magazine for three years from 1995-1998.  Stephen wanted a swift path to fame and 27 of his 41 published stories were fabrications.  He made up his sources, the quotes and at times the entire story.  Somehow, he thought he would be able to slip these stories by even though the staff at New Republic checked detail and other newspapers checked stories after they were published.
     This is interesting, I remember reading about this in the papers.  He was able to avoid discovery for a while because of his he was unassuming and never bragged about his success.  Stephen never admitted he lied on the stories and his articles were harder to check because there were no pictures.  There was also a hoax perpetrated against the New York Times by journalist Jayson Blair including photos without him at the scenes.  3 ½* (I liked this movie)

94 min, Drama directed by Billy Ray with Hayden Christensen, Chloe Sevigny, Steve Zahn, Rosario Dawson, Melanie Lynskey, Hank Azaria.

Note:  Imdb 7.3 out of 10, 91% critic 79% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 3 ½*.

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