Day 182 & Day 183 – All the President’s Men & Rememory / Pop Chart Lab Scratch #11 (1/2 Mark!)

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Movie Title: All the President’s Men

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 2 hr. 18 min.

Rated: PG

Who did I watch with?: Stephie

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

All the President’s Men is a newsroom drama harmed by knowledge of the end result as it tells the tale of Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) and Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) cracking the Nixon administration over Watergate. The performances by Hoffman and Redford are suitable though not remarkable. There are several minor performances that are noteworthy including Hal Holbrook as Deep Throat and Jason Robards as Ben Bradlee the noteworthy newsman heading The Washington Post. The performances make the movie as the plot is rather predictable. The ending is also not particularly good as it does not build up to the ultimate climax of Nixon’s resignation.

However, All the President’s Men is important for our times. It is important to remember that not everyone bought into the Watergate story when it was first reported or recognized it for the huge scandal that it would eventually be revealed to be. The news uncovered the illegal activity of a sitting U.S. president forcing them to become the first person to resign the presidency. It sounds eerily reminiscent of those willing to shut down the Russia scandal as media driven babble and the stone walling of political officials that slowed the investigation.

Verdict:

It is a historically important movie as Watergate moves out of the popular consciousness yet political corruption continues to be a significant issue in U.S. politics. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Rememory (2017)

 

Movie Title: Rememory

First Watch / Repeat Viewing

Running Time: 1 hr. 51 min.

Rated: PG-13

Who did I watch with?: Stephie

Where did I watch it?: Home

Review:

Rememory is a meandering drama starring Peter Dinklage as a man in search of meaning in his life. Sam Bloom (Peter Dinklage) has suffered recent trauma in his life. While driving home from a bar with his brother he is in a terrible car accident in which his brother was killed. Seeking solitude he moves into a tiny shack on a peer. Sam Bloom has a mysterious connection to inventor Gordon Dunn (Martin Donovan) who has developed a machine that can help with the total recall of memories.

After a problem with his test group, Dunn is murdered by Todd (Anton Yelchin) a troubled member of the group. Bloom goes off on a “why dunnit” trying to determine why Dunn was murdered as well as how the machine works. He travels to other members of the test group and tries to get incite into the machine as well as information on the other members of the test group. Bloom also stole the machine from Dunn’s widow which the company avidly attempts to recover. The company has manipulated the data around the machine and despite flaws with it that cost people their lives the company intends to push forward production of the device.

Verdict:

It is a slow paced mystery as the viewer tries to tease out Bloom’s involvement. It is an interesting story though the angle of corporate corruption is very played out. See it.

Tomorrow’s Movie: Coherence (2013)

 

Pop Chart Lab: Tenth Scratch

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