All the President’s Men

We Roquemore Reviews All The Presidents Men

Enjoy this trailer of All The President’s Men

All The Presidents Men follows reporters Woodward and Bernstein as they uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Nixon’s resignation.

From Lee Anne

Man, oh man, I loved All The Presidents Men.

It resonated with what I believe about most of what our government tells us – they’re always trying to hide something.
This film is a story about the Watergate Scandal, from the perspective of two journalists.
It’s incredible!
It’s inspiring to be bold & courageous in your endeavors, to always seek the truth as well as stand for it. It’s got so many wonderful elements that make it an incredible film.

I don’t want to spoil too much, so I’ll just say, WATCH IT!!!

From John

Watching All The Presidents Men again I realized just how much I have changed. My interest in history, especially the history NOT written “by the victors”, has grown tremendously. It seems that whenever we look back at the rise of powerful people, nations, companies there is always a myth – something that seems almost divine – that surrounds the events that put this power in place. Of course, upon closer examination we see the reality:

Powerful people use whatever means necessary to take and guard their own power, then rewrite history.

The two main characters in this amazing work of cinema are the underdogs, the guys hungry for a chance at the big time – working the big stories for an influential newspaper. The problem comes when they start to realize that not everyone thinks the truth is as important to newspaper reporting as they do. When they start digging into what happened the night of the Watergate break-in, what they find is not only resistance from the usual suspects, but from their own organization – the one that put them on the trail in the first place. There are some truly beautiful moments when we see them go from totally naive to aware of this reality, than aware but willing to push back against this push back.

Without giving away too much of the film, both guys grow as journalist and as human beings when they become personally involved in discovering the truth behind not just the break-in but other things that power people had covered up by these men in powerful places.

Redford and Hoffman are two actors I could easily watch in anything: because they are so good at disappearing into a role AND because the roles they pick are stories worth telling (even Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium). Add to this some gritty but elegant cinematography and the sound of typewriters throughout then cut the whole thing together in a minimalist style and you have a film that doesn’t just tell a story but grabs the viewer and brings them along for this epic dive into one example of history that wasn’t rewritten by the victors.

Have you see this film? Do you think it’s still possible to expose systems of power using newspapers? What about Twitter and Facebook?

Ben-Hur, 50 Films/50 Weeks

Watched Friday & Saturday: April 8th & 9th, 2011.

From Lee Anne:

Let’s start with this: it’s more than three and a half hours long.
So, you’ve got to be committed to it.
It felt slow to me at first.
Which might be due, in part, to the fact that John made me listen to the entire 5 minute overture track at the beginning of the film – for effect.

I did, however, enjoy this film.
I’m amazed it’s on the AFI top 100 list because of its intense Gospel message. It’s a movie about Jesus through the eyes of Judah Ben-Hur.

It’s an incredibly interesting story.
And of course, it’s beautiful to see this film portrayal of the redemption Jesus causes in one’s life.

It can be rather cheesy, the effects left a bit to be desired {from my modern-day perspective looking back on this fairly old film}.
At the same time, it was incredible to think of all the work it must’ve taken to put together so many of these scenes with the technology they had at the time {very minimal compared to today}.

As long as this film was, I’d say it was definitely worth watching.
Check it out on a rainy day when you need something to occupy several hours.
Though, I do recommend fast forwarding through the overture. {First 5ish minutes of Disc 1.}

I give it 4.5 stars.
And I’d watch it again. {Though not anytime soon.}

From John

The first time I saw this film I was in third grade. It was an adventure of epic proportions for a young boy to see this tale
of big ships, chariot races and the huge Roman army.

Watching it again I realized just how significant the story of Jesus is throughout. In paying attention to the open credits
it says something like “A Story of Jesus” – of course this story is told through the eyes of the main character, Judah Ben-Hur.
He starts as a strong independent Jewish man and the entire story is focused on how his heart rages against the Roman empire,
even to the point of violence but Jesus gives him a heart of love and forgiveness.

Back in the day, without any digital technologies, everything had to be physically created – watch this film for amazing miniatures, painted backgrounds and the most incredible chariot race.
None of the action or special FX would blow away or even come close to our current superhero movies BUT they did everything without any kind of computer.
It made my head explode to think about the craftsmanship and attention to detail these earlier filmmakers possessed.

The acting in this film was amazing. The whole cast gave us a feeling of connection to the story and a sense of ease with the backdrop of
both Rome and the Roman occupied Israel.  One issue was the great casting of all the Jewish extras with the casting of Charlton Heston – he always stood
head and shoulders above the rest. Older films often had things to help the audience identify characters; good guys in white hats vs. bad guys in black hats (westerns).
Still it took me out of the story a bit when we saw him with a crowd.

If you can block out a whole night or Saturday day this is a great film to see, both for its cinematic value and historical significance.

Or you can do what my third grade class did and take a whole week to watch it. 😀

5 out of 5 stars from me.

 

Have you seen this film? What do you think about older movies with real physical FX vs computer graphics? Do you think a movie about Jesus’ life would do so well today?

Let us know your thoughts in the comment section!