Well, I was too tired to see two movies, so I opted for one - Frost/Nixon. It was excellent. All aspects of the movie were excellent: the direction, the supporting cast, the writing, and Frank Langella knocked it out of the park. I was a true Nixon-hater, to be honest, but this movie and Langella's performance made me actually see Nixon as a human being, something I hadn't done before.
It wasn't just a transcript of the interviews, the way Frost got it to happen was very intriguing, and made for a compelling story. The movie did have some old newsclips, but one shot that Ron Howard did really haunted me: he had Frost watching Langella (as Nixon) on the stairs of the helicopter doing the famous wave before he got inside, but then he kept the camera on Nixon's face, and the look on his face has stayed with me even now. Then Howard cut back to Frost watching this, so he
caught the look as well. Oooooooh, so good!
Kevin Bacon's character, Jack Brennan, (Nixon's Chief of Staff) went to Providence College, and an interview with him appeared in our paper today. He was only unhappy with two parts of the movie (and the show): the fictional late night rambling phone call from Nixon to Frost, (Brennan said that Nixon very rarely had anything to drink), and the swearing - he said Nixon used "sons of bitches" a lot, but not much more, and the script was peppered with expletives. He also praised Bacon for his work on his character.
Emafer, I thought of you when it was brought to Nixon's attention that Frost had been engaged to Dianne Caroll - it was a priceless moment.
One thing I loved (as did the rest of the audience) was a running joke about Italian slip-on shoes - well done!
All in all, it was a great film, worthy of all the accolades, and it shows that even a biased person such as I can change her stripes - a bit!