Monday at the Sundance Film Festival I spent a year at the New York Times and 100 years at the movies. Two documentaries, Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times and These Amazing Shadows, both impressed with their poignancy and entertainment value. Both, however, are plagued with the same flaw – a penchant to go off on tangents and stay away from a narrative core. In each case these tangents are actually pretty interesting, adding to your enjoyment, but as a whole film, each suffers ever so slightly.

Page One is exactly what the title says, “A Year Inside the New York Times.” It follows several prominent reporters and stories over the course of a year while simultaneously exploring the role of print media in today’s digital age. These Amazing Shadows tells the tale of the National Film Registry and the role they play in preserving and restoring films. But, really, it’s just an excuse to talk about awesome movies for 90 minutes. Read more about each after the jump. Read More »

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