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The recessions spares no one

As "Norm" from Cheers once said, "It's a dog eat dog world, and I am wearing milk bone underwear."Yes boys and girls, things suck. With the Sesame Street layoffs, we have Cookie Monster on the corner begging for loose change, Big Bird ferrying overweight tourist around the Hawaiian Islands, Elmo waiting tables in a greasy diner and Burt pimping Ernie out at the Greyhound bus terminal.The "in"

Will Iraqi shoe thrower get Nike endorsement deal?

Overnight Arab folk hero, Muntazer al-Zaidi, has been sentenced to three years in prison on charges of assaulting a foreign head of state.Do the crime, do the time. Throw the shoe, get three years to stew.Last month, when al-Zaidi, known simply as the "shoe thrower," appeared in court he sported a scarf emblazoned with the colors of the Iraqi flag. During the proceedings he put on an animated

Lyrics leaked for new Chris Brown-Rihanna duet

I love youI hit youI miss youI missed youYou send my heart racingYou send me to jailYou thrill meYou kill meOh, dad, please post bail.At first I thought I was dreamingThen I looked in the mirrorSo real was the passion and screamingI bet this will boost my careerThe cruises on your yachtThe bruises that I gotAin't no man like my manCome see me in the can(Rumor has it that the percussion will

Obama's "Gift Gate": The long and whiny road

Conservatives are circling the waters around Obama's little life boat nipping at the rudder with every turn. They will attack him for anything. Often times they are coming way out of right field, but on the so called "Gift Gaffe" or, as I prefer, "Gift Gate," they are right on the mark.Our dashing young president gave England's prime minister, Gordon Browne, what amounted to a trailer trash

Frost/Nixon Never Resigns from Entertaining its Audience


Frost/Nixon

FROST/NIXON

Directed by: Ron Howard

Starring: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen

Richard Nixon is so hot right now.  Between “Watchmen” (which  takes place in a dystopic version of the 1980s where Nixon is a dictator) and “Frost/Nixon” (which  recounts the Nixon interviews conducted by British journalist David Frost shortly after Watergate), the Korean box office is currently saturated with representations of the notorious 37th President of the United States. And here’s a heads up: the latter is by far the better movie.

While “Frost/Nixon” isn’t very ambitious, it has few flaws. The seamless plot and arched character development make for effective storytelling, and the sprinkle of humor here and there prevents the tone from becoming self-important. Moreover, director Ron Howard and screenwriter Peter Morgan deserve praise for taking a potentially boring premise and turning it into a satisfying and even engaging film. Just don’t expect to be shocked or surprised at any point.

Framed like a historical drama, it’s actually more of a character study than anything else - a close-up of the shamed former president’s bruised ego after being chased out of the White House. At first, Tricky Dick doesn’t appear to have learned anything from his disgraceful downfall. Still very much the obstinate politician, he initially sees the interviews as an opportunity to redeem his tarnished reputation. To him, the criminal abuses of power he committed in office are a minor blemish on an otherwise successful presidency full of noteworthy achievements. However, as Nixon crawls back into the spotlight after years in hiding, he slowly begins to accept that he not only dissapointed his country, but himself.

“Frost/Nixon”  works in large part thanks to Frank Langella, who manages to bring his character to life without recurring to impersonation (no small feat). He exudes the former president’s egotistic and self-serving nature, while also capturing his grandfatherly charm. But what’s most remarkable about Langella’s performance is that it gives a widely disliked man an undeniably human face, one that consistently registers a swollen pride tormented by guilt and personal affliction.

The screenwriter also merits his share of the credit. It seems as though Morgan has a talent for writing about the treacherous world of politics (he penned the intelligent script of “The Queen” about Queen Elizabeth II’s callous reaction to Princess Diana’s tragic death). The back and forth dialogue between the two antagonists is always top-notch, but if there’s a highlight, it’s definitely the drunken monologue Nixon delivers over the phone to Frost a few days before their session covering Watergate. The speech is raw and revealing - the former president’s buried anguish laid bare.

Of course, a lot of the most memorable lines - such as “when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal” - are actual quotes from the real interviews. If I have one major criticism, it’s that the film is basically a rehashing of yesterday’s infotainment. Still, Howard’s version is a nicely condensed package that makes this story more accessible and attractive to the wider movie-going audience.

Rating: 60/100

I Believe This Belongs to You?

I cleaned the bathroom drain today. It appears that the occupants from 1987 left some hair behind. I have nothing further to add. Possibly ever.

Does Bill O'Reilly think his viewers are stupid?

Perhaps I am snarking for no good reason, but I was curious: During the "Talking Points" segment of the Bill O'Reilly Show, why does Lord Bill have a sidebar text of nearly the exact same words he is speaking into the camera?Perhaps Mr. O'Reilly is a kinder soul than I imagined and is making an effort to help the hearing impaired? Or, perhaps, he has so relentlessly blathered on over the years

And no religion too...

Great section in the USA Today today (that was awkward) devoted to the decline in religion across America --with the greatest drop taking place in the infidel Northeastern U.S.The South --as to be expected-- experienced little change in their views on the big daddy upstairs. This can't make Him proud, since The South continues to have the highest crime rates, teen pregnancy, drug abuse, lowest

Why part of me hopes North Korea invades South Korea

Forgive me, but someone really must put a stop to K-Pop. It is the lowest form of artistic expression and a giant step backward in human evolution since our days of scribbling on cave walls.Though admittedly, they have nice hair.Actually, calling it "artistic" is a misnomer. It is a manufactured product --little more creative than producing a can of Coca-Cola. There are no gritty moments in a

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