Sunday, January 25, 2009
Here's something that I didn't expect to turn out the way it did. In a nutshell, its based on the original set of interviews David Frost conducted with Richard Nixon. At the time Nixon had basically bent America over and fecked off without saying thanks, sorry or ordering room service. Mr. Frost watches the President resign and goes off about planning a set of interviews.
Nixon's right hand badger sorts out an astronomical amount of money (for the time) and they agree to do the interviews because they reckon Frost is more at home talking shite about celebrities and stoats than actually seriously interviewing the President. So they set about the interviews and Frost (wonderfully played by Michael Sheen) gets it on with Tricky Dicky (played by Frank Langella). Frost spends most of his time mounting some lady he picked up on a plane, going to shindigs and trying to convince anyone who will listen to buy the interviews. All the time while his hapless cohorts attempt to dig the dirt on Dick. At the midnight hour Frost gets his A game on and the rest as they say, is damn fine history.
Throw in some great supporting performances (Kevin Bacon for example) and you've got a great flick. This is a great flick let down by a poorish impression of Richard Nixon. Other than that I loved it. That said if your type of movie is The Fast and the Furious this may not be for you.
Excluding his interview on Jonathan Ross Friday, jumping up and down on on Oprah and thatinfamous Scientology video where he explained the mysteries of the universe or something, we havent heard much from Tom Cruise in a while. So is this the comeback flick. I dont think so somehow. Think back to Britneys supposed comeback a while ago.
Its a true story about a German and a group of Germans who figure they have to save humanity and kill Hitler. Now the only problem with all the Germans including Adolf is that they all speak in anything but a German accent. So the whole movie revolves around this plot to kill Hitler and climatises with a briefcase bomb and the German resistence controlling Berlin and so on. Crusie does look very good with the eyepatch and uniform. If I were Katie Holmes I'd be demanding he bring a few home for the bedroom. I love the Cruise machine, but this isnt his movie.
Valkyrie doesnt flow in any sense of the world and it times to me feels disjointed. Its got the pace of a blocked septic tank and the majority of the the thing seems bland and off colour (literally). Not my cup of tea. I'd say stick with Downfall.