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Friday, December 05, 2008

In Theaters: Frost/Nixon, Nobel Son 

Nobel Son:

Nobel Son is aggressive in many ways: its humor is aggressive, its violence is aggressive, its sarcastic tone is aggressive, even its omnipresent score is aggressive. This approach can work if you handle it with a sharp world-weariness; if, as the great sage once said, you “act like you’ve been there before.” But handle that same level of aggression with the awkward look-at-me showiness of someone playing around with Big Boy tools for the first time and a movie can quickly become unbearable, wearing out its welcome within minutes of the opening titles. Nobel Son is that latter movie, so intent on proving itself that you scarcely have time to breathe. Or care.

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(ken-lowery.com)

Frost/Nixon:

When President Richard Nixon resigned from office, he refused to give what many thought was their due: an admission of wrongdoing, and an apology for abusing his power. Nixon’s sins were numerous, and many news organizations were clamoring to get the first post-resignation Nixon interview.

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