I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore.
The definitive and oft-quoted line from the anarchistic speech by Howard Beale (Peter Finch) in Network (1976). Set in the fictional UBS network, the film tells how a unstable newsreader’s explosive ramblings are exploited for profits and ratings. The film won four Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Finch. I was also lucky enough to see a fantastic recent adaptation in the National Theatre with Bryan Cranston in the lead role.
I’ve always been fascinated by films that play around with narration, especially those that have multiple storylines that interlink at different points. Do you have a favourite within the films below? Is it a genre you are fond of? As always, answers are below where you are more than welcome to share your score.
As the wise and serene Dalai Lama XIV once put it: “Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.” Hollywood is full of characters who don’t care about the repercussions to themselves they cause and the trail of desolation they leave behind. See how well you do in working out the six films below.