Throughout the film, Mike keeps insisting that everybody "learn the Akais". Akai (now defunct) was one of the pioneers in the transitions from film to video in the early 1970's. With film being so expensive it gave news stations the cheaper option of recording on video cameras and storing it on VHS and similar formats rather than film. The downside was that these formats were not built for longevity and as such, a lot of VHS material was lost and never archived properly. Christine's Akai indeed became a popular and convenient option throughout the 1970's and even up to the early 1990's in some news stations. The Akai company also manufactured VCRs, VHS/DVD player combos, camcorders and CRT television sets until its collapse in 2001. The company now belongs to Akai Sales Pte Ltd, headquartered in Singapore, and has shifted its focus largely to musical instruments. See more »
The Sony television in Christine and her mom's living room is a model clearly from no earlier than the late 1970s. See more »
I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight
Written by Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart
Performed by Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
Published by Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc., Magic Dolphin Music, Inc.
Courtesy of A&M Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises See more »
The true story of Christine Chubbuck is not a happy one, but it is an important one. Her story is lensed out in Director Antonio Campos' bio flick "Christine" (no there is not a creepy red car in this one). Christine Chubbuck was a 1970's reporter in a Sarasota television station who infamously & sadly committed suicide in a live television news broadcast. Chubbuck's story inspired Peter Finch's character in Sidney Lumet 70's classic "Network". I do have to report that Rebecca Hall's performance as Christine is the best one I have seen on screen by a lead actress since Jessica Chastain's work in "Zero Dark Thirty". And if you disagree with me, I will be "mad as hell and will not take your disagreement anymore". All kidding aside, Rebecca Hall totally transformed herself into Christine Chubbuck, from her quirky mannerisms to her isolated depression; it was worth a million bucks to see and hopefully come Oscar nomination time, the Academy will be hailing Hall with a Best Actress Oscar nomination. I still have my Hall pass, so I will be speaking about another Hall; that would be Dexter himself, Michael C. Hall. He delivered quite admirably with his portrayal of the station's main television anchor George; who is semi-narcissistic but also semi-caring; like most anchors these days; hence Brian Williams; just kidding, just kidding this is not the "life of Brian". Also superb with supporting thespian contributions to "Christine" is Tracy Lett as the station manager Michael, and Maria Dizzia as Jean the station's camerawoman and also a Chubbuck confidante. Now, Campos does excel in orchestrating "Christine" but the mood of the film is very gloomy as also its look. But this was most of all Rebecca Hall's showcase, and one that should not be tuned out by the movie going public. Signing off. ***** Excellent
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