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I'd never seen James L. Brooks's Broadcast News prior to screening Criterion's brand new Blu-ray release, but I had certainly heard enough about it to have lofty expectations. Unlike Brooks's debut feature, Terms of Endearment, Broadcast News didn't win the Oscar for Best Picture, it didn't win any Oscars as a matter of fact. Though nominated for seven Oscars, Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor won the lion's share in 1988, and yet, Broadcast News is probably Brooks's most celebrated film, even above his more recent Best Picture nominee As Good as It Gets and it came back into conversation after the recently released Morning Glory was unable to match its cadence.

Brooks, however, instead of being celebrated for past success, seems to find his work (perhaps unfairly) compared to previous triumphs rather than viewed at face value. Recent efforts including Spanglish and last year's How Do You Know were met with biting criticism. »

- Brad Brevet

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