Monday, 26 April 2010

(500) Films of Empire - Day 222

296 - All The President's Men - 4 stars
Hoffman and Redford make a great double act as Woodward and Bernstein, the reporters responsible for blowing the lid off the Watergate scandal.
Had a very authentic feel to it, of the time and place and the work that would go into this kind of investigative journalism.
For me it is up there with Zodiac for best film set in a newspaper office.

114 - The Conversation - 4 stars
Exploring similar themes to The Lives Of Others, Gene Hackman plays Harry Caul, the best surveillance expert in the business.
Guilt from a previous case gets the better of Harry and he begins to doubt himself and worries that he is involved in an assignment that will end in murder.
A lovely twist at the end but the best thing in the film for me was the slimy and slightly camp performance of Harrison Ford, in a role that came a couple of years before Star Wars.
For a sequel to The Conversation, seek out Enemy Of The State that sees Will Smith seek help from Gene Hackman playing Harry Caul in everything but name.

Days remaining - 143 Films remaining - 178

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