It’s September 2011. Occupy Wall Street
is in its early stages, the country mourns the 10-year anniversary of
9/11, the 2012 election race is in full swing — a tumultuous and
exciting time to re-enter The Newsroom(10 p.m. Sundays, HBO).
There is much drama at the heart of
biblical relationships, but most modern translations resort to soap
melodrama, the absurd and tasteless that has now become commonplace in
our reality-based culture.
Wexler’s groundbreaking quasi-documentary captures the mood of a nation
at high anxiety — a nation increasingly ruptured over an unpopular war
and a seemingly radical counter culture that was bleeding into the
The Newsroom is at once a
high-minded critique of what television news divisions have become
(ratings-obsessed entities more concerned with the bottom line than with
“speaking truth to stupid,” as one character puts it) and a wit-infused
comedic drama with myriad romantic subplots (most of which come off as
clunky rip-offs of the one that anchored James L. Brooks’ far more
successful Broadcast News).
Pumpkin Productions, the moniker chosen by CityBeat
contributing arts editor Steven Rosen, has teamed up with co-sponsor
Cincinnati Film Society to present a three-day Mindbenders series, which
will screen at the Art Academy of Cincinnati.