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07-28-12, 11:59 PM
Every seen a film that at its core is a criticism of the dangers of television. I've been watching this interesting sub-genre of movies:

A Face in the Crowd
Natural Born Killers

Does anyone know of any other films of movies that criticize television? It's just an interesting phenomenon of what is essentially one medium slamming a very similar medium for dangerous banality--which is pretty ironic if one has taken a look at the state of mainstream movies in the last, say, 12 years.

07-29-12, 12:26 AM
The Truman Show

Mondo Kane
07-29-12, 12:27 AM
It's been ages since I've seen it, but Pass The Ammo (w/ Tim Curry and Bill Paxton) might qualify (Even though the televangelists are kinda extinct nowdays)

07-29-12, 12:36 AM
What was that movie with Demi Moore and David Duchovny? Meet the Johnsons or something?

Oh and Videodrome.

Hazel Motes
07-29-12, 12:37 AM
Room 666-Wim Wenders

07-29-12, 12:38 AM
What was that movie with Demi Moore and David Duchovny? Meet the Johnsons or something?

Oh and Videodrome.

The Joneses ... that had to do with commercialism.

07-29-12, 12:47 AM
The main character in Drugstore Cowboy (played by Matt Dillon) constantly slammed the younger generation because of television. He called them "TV Babies" because he thought growing up watching TV warped their minds. (The movie was set in the early 1970s, so apparently his character could remember a time before television was ubiquitous.)

07-29-12, 01:13 AM
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

07-29-12, 01:25 AM

07-29-12, 01:28 AM
The Running Man?

Ash Ketchum
07-29-12, 08:22 AM
THE TWONKY (1953) by Arch Oboler:


Rex Power Colt-Robot Man
07-29-12, 08:41 AM
What was that movie with Demi Moore and David Duchovny? Meet the Johnsons or something?

Oh and Videodrome.

Yes to Videodrome. Its a good one to watch with the kids.

07-29-12, 01:19 PM
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957) which features (among other jabs) a scene where Tony Randall addresses "TV fans" and the screen goes from color CinemaScope to a small rounded square in black and white with a variety of video problems.

07-29-12, 02:14 PM
Stay Tuned with John Ritter and Pam Dawber. Would that qualify?

Jules Winfield
07-29-12, 04:02 PM
The TV Set is another one. A writer writes a pilot that is drama based and I think its partially based on his experience. During the filming of it though, it's dumbed down and made into a comedy. It's an amusing funny and not really ha-ha funny but I liked it.

Jules Winfield
07-29-12, 04:06 PM
What was that movie with Demi Moore and David Duchovny? Meet the Johnsons or something?

Duchovny is in The TV set also. That man must deep down inside hate TV.

07-29-12, 06:44 PM
I don't know if it criticizes TV as a medium, but Mad City is about a TV reporter behaving unethically.

07-29-12, 08:20 PM
When it pertains to how television devalues the news, then Network and Good Night, and Good Luck are the best--and too great movies in their own right.



07-29-12, 10:01 PM
Haven't seen it in a while, but I'm pretty sure there is an implied criticism of the effects of TV and TV news in Dog Day Afternoon

07-29-12, 10:19 PM
Cable Guy

07-29-12, 10:40 PM
The Ring

07-29-12, 11:00 PM
Broadcast News

Charlie Goose
07-30-12, 09:25 AM
A Thousand Clowns with Jason Robards.

Jay G.
07-30-12, 10:25 AM
Being There
Wag the Dog

Solid Snake
07-30-12, 06:58 PM
All I could think of was Videodrome and Network.

Alan Smithee
07-30-12, 07:22 PM
Groove Tube
Kentucky Fried Movie
Prime Time
Tunnel Vision

07-30-12, 08:08 PM
UHF :up:

07-30-12, 08:08 PM
Series 7: The Contenders

08-01-12, 12:22 AM
Requiem For a Dream. In particular the scenes with the mother.

08-01-12, 12:43 AM
Quiz Show
Willy Wonka/Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
God Bless America

Matthew Chmiel
08-01-12, 01:13 AM
Shock Treatment criticized reality television before reality television took off.

Cellar Door
08-01-12, 03:54 AM
Death Race 2000

08-01-12, 08:13 AM
Stay Tuned
The Running Man

08-02-12, 03:53 PM
The Gene Kelly musical It's Always Fair Weather sends up television just as Singin In the Rain was a send up of film.

08-02-12, 07:21 PM
Man Bites Dog

08-02-12, 09:22 PM
The Hunger Games?

Cellar Door
08-02-12, 09:56 PM

08-04-12, 01:29 AM
To Die For. A movie more relevant now than when it came out 17 years ago.

And as ridiculous and over the top as Nicole Kidman appears to be, I've worked with more than one person in TV who has acted just like her.

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