Jonah Hill

When Did Film Get So Cynical About Journalism?

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The theatrical release of Rupert Goold’s True Story this Friday was set quite some time ago, announced even before the film’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival back in January, so its timeliness is coincidental, but still remarkable. Based on the memoir of the same name, it tells the story of how New York Times reporter Mike Finkel (Jonah Hill) lost his job and credibility with a poorly reported cover story on child slavery on the Ivory Coast, and made an unlikely comeback by stumbling into the story of murderer Christian Longo (James Franco), who used Finkel’s name as an alias while on the run. It hits theaters in the midst of discussion and dissemination of the Columbia School of Journalism’s blistering review of Rolling Stone’s story “A Rape on Campus,” aptly described therein as “another shock to journalism’s credibility.” And True Story fits well within the current pattern of how movies portray that once lionized, now battered profession.
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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in April

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If you’re in the (seemingly shrinking!) minority of people who don’t run salivating to the theater for movies where superhumans in fast cars defy the laws of gravity and physics, April is a pretty grim month for mainstream cinema. Between the Nicolas Sparks adaptation, the Paul Blart sequel, the chat-room horror movie, and the aforementioned sixth sequel to a warmed-over braindead Friedkin wannabe, it’s like looking like January all over again at the multiplex. So once again, it’s indies to the rescue; here are ten four-star limited releases to check out as spring rolls in.
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The Age of Perplexingly Warm Winters and Starbucks Delivery: Links You Need to See

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#BeforeTwitter is trending on Twitter right now, and I’m having flashbacks to the days when computers were solely used for playing Duke Nukem. Is that going too far back through the sands of time? #AfterTwitter, we have what rapper A$AP Ferg calls the “culture of the Internet,” and in the same conversation he adds, “There’s no racism with the Internet. Racism only was—is probably like five generations ago.” #AfterTwitter, Ferg can probably see the Internet backlash forming on the horizon like an ungodly tsunami and should both immediately call his PR agent and order Jon Ronson’s book.
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’22 Jump Street’: It’s Time to Kill the Buddy-Comedy “Gay Joke”

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I’d have to see it again with a clicker and an abacus to collect the proper data, but if I had to guess, I’d estimate at least half of the jokes in Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s 22 Jump Street are generated by one of three running gags. They are, in descending order of effectiveness: the film’s uproarious awareness of itself as a bigger, louder, more expensive sequel; the fact that, even undercover as college students, protagonists Schmidt and Jenko (and the actors who play them, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum) are a good decade too old, and look it; and that the professional partnership between Schmidt and Jenko, and the strain their college experience puts on it, is something akin to a gay relationship. The meta-sequel and old-guy stuff is very, very funny. The “ha ha, that’s so gay” business leaves a sour aftertaste — particularly in light of Mr. Hill’s recent PR troubles.
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