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James Best
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Posted: 14 September 2019 at 12:53pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN (1976) via Netflix.

I had only seen snippets of the film but never the whole thing from start to finish. A few weeks ago I finished reading a non-fiction book by Bob Woodward and it reminded me to add that film to my watch list.

Not a bad film IMO, but it isn't one I plan on re-watching any time soon. A good cast but a rather abrupt ending that (I think) shortchanges the impact of how the media's pursuit of the truth brought down Nixon and his cronies.

And while Jason Robards was solid in his role as Ben Bradlee, I don't know if he merited an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor based on his rather limited screen time. Makes me want to see who else was in the running that year for the Academy Awards.

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THE WRONG BOX (1966)

Delicious black comedy stuffed to bursting with every working British character actor alive at the time. Peter Sellers is oddly poignant in his role as a “venal doctor”.

(Incidentally, this one side steps my usual demands for fidelity to source by using the credit line “inspired by” rather than “based on”. I wish more “adaptations” would do the same.)

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THE BIG SLEEP (1946)

On TCM right now. SO good

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"SO good"

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Yes it is!
And so is the one coming on now. KEY LARGO (1948)
A top favorite of mine . Bacall's eyes! I cannot imagine ever have meeting her in person then, I would just be a blubbering mess.
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I’M ALL RIGHT JACK (1959)

Droll and very British comedy observing the state of that Nation in the Fifties. Probably impenetrable to most people outside the British Isles, but worth the effort if you can find a way in. Like THE WRONG BOX, employs just about every character actor of the time.

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