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Minute Movie Review – Frost/Nixon

Sonntag, Februar 22nd, 2009

Review:

As the only President of the United States ever forced to resign (look up Watergate at the ‘ped if you don’t know what happened), Richard Nixon would surely make for a compelling interview subject. And so thought talk show host and entertainer David Frost, who did everything possible to get the interview made. A compelling drama that turns Nixon into a bit of a joke and makes Frost utterly unlikeable, “Frost/Nixon” is a great and entertaining film with a superb performance by Frank Langella who truly becomes Nixon. Nevertheless, the film ultimately suffers irreperable damages by twisting the truth to breaking point. Yes, Nixon actually said “I was involved in a cover-up”, but the full statement was “You want me to say that I was involved in a cover-up. No.” (Actual wording may be different, I’m writing from memory here.) It’s still a good film, it just shouldn’t claim to be true.

Random Observations:

Frost/Nixon at imdb.com

The third of the Best Picture nominees I have seen (after Milk and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and easily the best movie on its own. But the misrepresentations of historical events ruin it somewhat.

Another fact the movie gets wrong (or intentionally doesn’t mention): Nixon not only received $600,000 for the interview up front, he also got twenty percent of the profits. Of course, if one mentions that, the whole David vs. Goliath theme is largely lost.

Am I the only one who didn’t know that the real Richard Nixon wrote some piano music? Langella himself performs it in the film.

Minute Movie Review – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Donnerstag, Februar 5th, 2009

Review:

“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” tells the story of a man who ages backwards. Born as an old man, he gradially becomes younger before being a child when he is old. The story is told through flashbacks as the love of his life lies dieing in a hospital bed, her daughter reading from his memoirs and her filling the blanks. While the technological aspects of the movie are fairly impressive, the film is both tediously long (almost three hours) and clearly aimed at a fairly stupid audience, using voice-over narration for almost all scenes and applying a symbolism with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer.  Add some ridiculous scenes and a bunch of overrated actors and you are left with a movie that never lives up to its promise of telling an unusual life story.

Random Observations:

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button at imdb.com

What ridiculous scenes, you ask? What about the one where a tugboat is used to sink a submarine?

The movie is set in New Orleans, right during Hurricane Katrina. Why? Because Lousiana offers lots of money if you film there. Storms may be a significant theme of the film, but they are not a relevant one.

While old Brad Pitt’s make-up was believable, he still looked forty when he was supposed to be twenty.

The film’s similarities to Forrest Gump, from the same screenwriter, are amazing:

The Curious Case of Forrest Gump – watch more funny videos

The fake accents used throughout the film are very annoying. Especially when Cate Blanchett returns to her native Australian while desperately trying for that Southern America one.