THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

#30 CHRISTINE (2016)









Christine is the dour, downbeat and true story of one Christine Chubbick. You may know the name - she was the 29-year old newscaster who committed suicide on live TV in Sarasota, FL in 1974. She suffered from depression, had no boyfriend (she died a virgin) and was frustrated over the "if it bleeds, it leads" philosophy of her TV station. Rebecca Hall (a personal favorite of mine) is scary good at capturing Christine's sadness and difficulty at... dealing with her colleagues and her mother (she also resembles Christine a great deal). Her ideas on how TV news should be presented are a little, shall we say offbeat, and don't jibe at all with what news director Mike Simmons (Tracy Letts, also damn good) believes. This film captures the period perfectly, using both well-known and obscure pop songs but there's nothing bright and cheery on the screen at all. The film's darkened, muted tone will make you feel that you're joining Christine on her dark downward spiral that ends with her televised suicide. Well directed by Antonio Campos but awfully depressing. I can't imagine ever sitting through this film again, as you feel Christine's pain throughout and are helpless, unable to reach out and stop the inevitable from happening. It's worth your time.

TLA one-word review: bleak

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

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