probably the last great film about old style journalism. came out in 99, but was about events in the mid-late 90s when cell phones were somewhat rare and the internet wasn’t even a factor. it shows old school investigation and pulling strings and favors and everything else that goes along with the journalistic tendencies associated with all the president’s men, etc. it also touches on network with its corporate-influenced news coverage.
introduced me to russell crowe who is as good here as ever. pacino is as good as usual, but crowe really is the heart of the film. as good a film as this is, it’s still not michael mann’s best; that’s heat which is an undeniable masterpiece in my opinion; a moving and epic thriller.