Frost/Nixon (2008)

David goes after the disgraced political Goliath (8 stars out of 10)

Frost/NixonJames Reston, Jr.: You know the first and greatest sin of the deception of television is that it simplifies; it diminishes great, complex ideas, trenches of time; whole careers become reduced to a single snapshot. At first I couldn’t understand why Bob Zelnick was quite as euphoric as he was after the interviews, or why John Birt felt moved to strip naked and rush into the ocean to celebrate. But that was before I really understood the reductive power of the close-up, because David had succeeded on that final day, in getting for a fleeting moment what no investigative journalist, no state prosecutor, no judiciary committee or political enemy had managed to get; Richard Nixon’s face swollen and ravaged by loneliness, self-loathing and defeat. The rest of the project and its failings would not only be forgotten, they would totally cease to exist. Continue reading

Movie Review: Hearts and Minds (1974)

Vietnam documentary: all about denial _ 10/10
Review by Brian Wright

Hearts and MindsHearts and Minds stands out as a seminal documentary work, regardless of subject. Michael Moore cites Hearts and Minds as the one movie that inspired him to become a film maker, calling it “not only the best documentary I have ever seen, it may be the best movie ever.”

Even though I mention in a note on Kevin’s page that his incarceration was the straw that broke the camel’s back, viewing such a powerful a movie as Hearts and Minds causes a mind of conscience to cut off all support for tyrannical government. Continue reading