Posts Tagged ‘5-star’

All the President’s Men

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Hoffman is clearly straining under the duress of his really, really wide tie.It isn’t fair in All the President’s Men when, late in the movie, the camera does a slow zoom to a three-shot of a jowled and inelegant Richard Nixon, reciting the oath of office on the TV in the Washington Post’s newsroom, alongside the then-young, then-dashing, then-heart-throbbing Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman. Because whatever his vices may have been, and history has deemed that Nixon had many, one can only assume that none of them were the vice of vanity. (more…)

Crimes and Misdemeanors

Monday, October 19th, 2009

...and then the blonde said, "I'm not talking to you, I'm talking to the little guy on your lap."There are few filmmakers that can create a movie that is both a shameful mess and a shameless triumph at the same time, sometimes in the same scene. Woody Allen is one of those filmmakers, but he’s not one that makes it look effortless. You always get the feeling it’s just by the skin of his teeth, that he’s one misstep away from the whole house of cards tumbling down. I’ve come to realize that that’s one of the reasons I enjoy his work so much: the anticipation. With any of his movies, it’s like you’re watching a fat man in a figure skating competition. Win or lose, you’re probably going to see something spectacular. (more…)