In 1966, American military expert Daniel Ellsberg took a flight to Vietnam under the mandate of his superiors to observe the actual situation of the war in Vietnam. However, unlike the reports that he had read that the US army always took the initiative and overwhelmed the enemy, when he arrived on the battlefield in Vietnam, he realized that the US army suffered countless casualties. This incident was acknowledged by US Secretary of Defense McNamara in the presence of him and current US President Johnson.
However, when he took a flight to his headquarters in Washington DC, the US Secretary of Defense calmly announced to the entire people and the press that the US was gradually reaching the ultimate goal of victory. Before the government’s cover-up, Daniel Ellsberg decided to let the entire American people know the truth. He revealed his factual reports during his visit to journalists at the Washington Post and New York Times.
Ben Bradlee – The editor-in-chief of the Washington Post – and his associates worked, searched for other witnesses to supplement the information provided with the desire to reveal the whole truth about the Vietnam War. Male. Meanwhile, Katharine Graham – the newspaper’s owner – faced difficulties: On the one hand, the need to receive information constantly from the public, on the other hand, the “life” of the newspaper because the incident involved politics. permission. There were hesitations and disagreements among Washington Post journalists and reporters, but in the end, for the sake of informing the public with objective and truthful information, the article about the military’s dark side. The United States team was featured on the front page of the newspaper despite threats of lawsuits from those in power.
The film is about an issue that took place more than 40 years ago, but is still boldly topical. The plot is both historical and reflects the breath of modern life when there are still many scandals that have never been brought to light. When watching this movie, viewers not only immerse themselves in tough and complicated investigations but also somewhat understand the nature of the government.
Tom Hanks: as Bradlee
Matthew Rhys: as Daniel Ellsberg
Meryl Streep: as Graham
The film adapts a real pedophilia scandal that took place for 34 years in Boston (USA) and the reporter’s journey to bring the case to justice. Spotlight (from the Boston Global newspaper).
In 2001, Boston Global welcomed a new Editor-in-Chief: Marty Baron – a man of few words and quite calm. Although new to the newsroom not long ago, the new Editor-in-Chief Baron has discovered an outstanding, journalistic and informative issue that is worthy of public knowledge, but that issue has previously been published only in newspapers and magazines. small newspaper column few people notice. It is the fact that Father John Geoghan (of the Catholic church) has sexually abused children but is always protected by Cardinal Law (the head of the Catholic church). Even the victims of pedophilia did not speak up. Therefore, Baron talked to a group of Spotlight reporters (belonging to Boston Global) to pursue the case to the end.
Initially, the group of reporters believed that their investigation was only aimed at Geoghan – who had been transferred many times. However, during the investigation, they also discovered another shocking fact: There is a list of up to 87 priests involved in pedophilia cases for many years but always covered up, and in the mind of the people. the people of Boston, they are still amazing priests, pious children of God.
The team of reporters contacted pedophile victims, litigation attorneys and known witnesses to approach the shocking case and gather more evidence for the article. The series of articles about the pedophilia scandal soon appeared on the front page of the Boston Global newspaper and made a big splash, forcing the Archbishop of Boston to make official statements on the matter.
With a simple, honest story telling, the film reflects the extremely difficult process of approaching reality of journalists. Although the 6 journalists in the film have different personalities, they are all independent, flexible journalists who dare to commit and believe in what they pursue. Sometimes facing difficulties and threats from powerful people, while trying to protect the source without reducing the objectivity of the article.
Immediately after its release, the film created a “screen fever” and received much praise from critics. The film went even further when it received the Best Picture award at the 2016 Oscars.
Michael Keaton: as journalist Robby Robinson
Mark Ruffalo: as journalist Michael Rezendes
Rachel McAdams: as journalist Sacha Pfeiffer
John Slattery: as journalist Ben Bradlee Jr
Brian d’Arcy James: as journalist Matt Carrol
Nightcrawler (Black News Hunter)
“Black News Hunter” Talk about the dark side of freelance journalism in a time when breaking news, sensationalism, and gossip have the upper hand. The pressure to publish news articles that stimulate public curiosity and public opinion has gradually changed a person’s ego.
In the film, Louis Bloom initially appeared with a shabby appearance, a shabby car and a miserable face that moved viewers. However, there was a very rapid shift in Bloom’s behavior when he realized the benefits of being a professional news hunter for broadcasters. With an old camera and amateur skills, he crept into the crime scene, recording the whole incident, even the mourning and painful scenes. The sensational news, that view made him gradually reach the top positions in the news hunter world. But at the same time, along with the increase in wages, Bloom’s craziness also increased and gradually controlled his reason. He has become a true “black news hunter” and does not hesitate in any case, in order to give newspapers information that is curious to readers.
Behind the change in Bloom’s person when entering the freelance journalist career, the film also shows the dark side of today’s media. Viewership rate becomes the main measure, so there are many newspapers following the trend of publishing shocking, strange and unique news to attract the public, ignoring an extremely important factor for journalists. legal, ethical and moral issues.
Jake Gyllenhaal: as Bloom
Michael Papajohn: as sheriff
State of play
Stephen Collins – a major figure in the main field and has a desire to rise to the highest position of a country: President. However, he gets into trouble when his assistant is murdered, and information detrimental to him is revealed.
Cal McAffrey – a famous journalist for The Washington Global and also a close friend of Collins received the newsroom’s assignment to investigate the death of assistant Collins. And Della – a newspaper reporter – is tasked with finding out the private life stories of Collins. They thought these things had nothing to do with each other, but during the investigation, they realized the hidden connections of a nefarious political conspiracy. Two journalists who always worship the truth and bravely step into a war where money dominates information, and truth is a luxury.
The film shows the complicated moods of newspaper reporters on political and domestic topics. There are too many dangers, plots to harm journalists, while they still have a duty to convey to the public objective and accurate information. There, we see the bravery and social responsibility of journalists who dare to speak the truth.
Russell Crowe: as Cal McAffrey
Ben Affleck: as Stephen Collins
Rachel McAdam: as Della Frye
All the President’s men
The film tells the story of two real Washington Post journalists, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, in their efforts to investigate the Watergate case – a shocking US political scandal that forced President Richard Nixon to resign.
The Watergate incident happened in the early 70s of the twentieth century. While the Vietnam War was still very fierce and fierce, the administration of President Richard Nixon used its power to prevent the anti-war movement and the opposing political force, the Democratic Party. The case seemed to be revealed when the FBI arrested and investigated five thieves who broke into the Democratic Party Office in Watergate. The FBI also traced the case to the administration of the current President and his associates. However, all the results of the FBI’s investigation were covered up, hidden by public figures belonging to the Republican Party, in order to control the disadvantages for President Nixon during his term.
Two journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein undertook to report on the arrest of 5 thieves who discovered the plans behind the break-in and decided to follow that information to find out more deeply, despite the fact that uncooperative from public figures who used to work for the White House. In the process of exploiting the source, they have encountered many denials, even threats from witnesses many times. The editorial side put pressure on the amount of news articles, and were also afraid to publish such investigative articles because it was too closely related to the current government. More importantly, they are afraid of affecting the newsroom.
However, with the passion, enthusiasm and conscience of journalists, the two journalists gradually traced the clues to the case, using all their professional skills to make the most of the sources and witnesses. maybe. Finally, a series of articles about that scandal were also published on the front page of the Washington Post, causing a wave of public outrage, forcing President Richard Nixon to resign.
It can be said that, although it was shot in 1976, up to now, All the President’s men Still one of the classics of journalism, it showed the public how two young journalists changed part of American history.
With compelling content, full of drama and natural acting of the actors, the film won the prestigious Oscar award.
Robert Redford: as Bob Woodward
Dustin Hoffman: as Carl Bernstein