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All The Presidents Men 1976, this was probably the best of the best political thrillers ever. Very old school reporting, from the early 70’s. This film is about the reporting of Watergate that eventually led to the first and only resignation of  a U.S. President Richard Nixon, with Bob Woodward, played by Robert Redford, and Carl Bernstein played by Dustin Hoffman, breaking the story at the Washington Post in Washington D.C

Stand out performance Jason Robards playing Ben Bradlee editor of the Post. The movie flows really well. What I like about this film is you know how it ends, but when the movie ends, Woodward and Bernstein are really getting started with the story. It’s hard to make political thrillers flow but the director the late Alan J Pakula dose an amazing job. There were a lot of old Hollywood actors in this film like two time Oscar nominee Jack Warden, Oscar winner Martin Balsam, and a great performance by 2007 Oscar nominee Hal Holbrook as deep throat.

Also some stand out performances by Jane Alexander, Meredith Baxter, Robert Walden, and Ned Beatty.

 

All The Presidents Men, I give it 5 stars

 

All the President’s Men (1976) – IMDb

 

All the President’s Men: Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein – Amazon.com

 

 

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Will Smith will not win an Oscar, probably never. He fits into the category of Tom Cruise. He has to decide on making big movies all the time, and occasional small Oscar worthy film, or what. In Hollywood you really can’t have it both ways. Ask Tom Cruise, or you could have asked Paul Newman up until he finally won in 1987 at aged 61 for The Color Of Money.

I’m not taking anything away from Mr. Smith, he is the most money earning black actor on the planet, and did the right thing in picking his projects. Frankly if it was me, show me the money too. Now its crunch time, and actors in his same spot want that Oscar, to show there fans. I can really act, and I’m not just an action adventure guy. What really helps when they play real people, on top of that with an accent. These things help, but don’t guarantee Oscar gold.

Will Smith has played real people in the past, and was passed up by that elusive gold statue. He was nominated for best actor for Ali 2002, and The Pursuit Of Happyness in 2007; and passed up for both. I didn’t think both performances were Oscar worth in the first place. I think Will over acted in both of these movies, Happyness being really the best performance. They were very good, but not good enough. I think an unknown actor should have played Ali, and would have won, since Ali himself was a larger than life person that was still living, and everyone knows who he is plus hes still very relevant.  Like Al Pacino in the Godfather, even though, Michael Corleone was a fictional character, but the gamble paid off, by Coppola betting on an unknown actor against Paramount honchos wishes.

I like Will Smith, he is a good actor, he’s what the doctor ordered for African American Cinema. We need a dozen Will Smith’s out there making big Hollywood money that are black, male or female we need them desperately. If he never wins an Oscar, we still have a very good actor, with great memorable performances. He should not fill to bad if he never wins, maybe he dose not care either way who knows. I will tell you he’s in a great company of male stars. Who have never won an acting Oscar, but are still legends, and with a list of great iconic performances.

We have Kirk Douglas, Van Johnson, Tony Curtis, John Garfield, Montgomery Clift, Steve McQueen,Dana Andrews, Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole, now that’s unbelievable hes been nominated 8 times. Albert Finney nominated 5 times no wins. These two not for acting Clint Eastwood, or Robert Redford. They both won for directing. Some have more than one. Dustin Hoffman, Spencer Tracy, Melvin Douglas,Fredric March, Jack Lemmon  Robert DeNiro, Sean Penn, Marlon Brando,and then Daniel Day-Lewis, with an amazing 3 Best Actor Oscars. The Academy award is like winning the Super Bowl. All you really need is one.

 

Will Smith got his star in show business as a rapper.

 

 

 

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I Know they made a sequel of 2001 a Space Odyssey, but the film 2010 was not very good at all. Roy Scheider bad choice, the Seven Ups part ll sure.  I think 2001 A Space Odyssey should be redone. Since All the Stars Wars hype. There are billions of dollars to go around. Granted Star Wars is great for the lagging movie theater world. People are going to the movies again. It just takes a billion dollar film to do it.




I was never a big fan of Star Wars. I saw the first one in the movies like everyone else in ’77; like everyone else in my generation, but it did not grab me even at 15 yrs old. I liked Jaws much better 2 years earlier. George Lucas cashed out, and sold the franchise to Disney, for in the neighborhood of 4 billion. George Lucas life was pretty much star wars. If you look at his films as a director its mostly Star Wars related, but he was the executive producer of the Indiana Jones series, frankly he was more of a producer than a director anyway, and a very good one. My favorite non big budget movie of his I really liked was American Graffiti  1973, he was the Director, and based on life in the early 60’s in southern ,CA.

2001 A Space Odyssey, seemed very complicated, and confusing, but if you watch it it’s a pretty simple movie. The computer trying to take over the ship. Space movies are making a big come back, with the Oscar winning film like Gravity, and this years Matt Damon’s brilliant The Martian. and I really liked Intersteller with Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and vets Michael Caine, Ellen Burstyn, and John Lithgow.




The original 2001 A Space Odyssey, was a rare gamble. Where the stars did not drive the box office, it was the breath taking cinematography, the sets, special effects and Stanley Kubrick’s direction. We had 2 really unknown actors, b actors if you will not big stars at all. We had Keir Dullea as Dr. Dave Bowman, and Gary Lockwood, as Dr Frank Pool. MGM could have balked, and said we want Warren Beatty, and Sean Connery, or Robert Redford, and John Cassavetes. Maybe Clint Eastwood and Ryan O’Neal. Lots of Big name stars back in the 6o’s floating around. It would have been a great come back film for Marlon Brando, I think Natalie Wood would have been great ,or Jane Fonda.

2001 A Space Odyssey was released in  1968

Today a big summer blockbuster remake could star a who’s who of Hollywood. We have Bradley Cooper,Leonardo Di Caprio,Morris Chesnut,Matt Damon,Brad Pitt, Taye Diggs ect. Then we can add a female lead as one of the Dr’s. Jennifer Lawrence,Natalie Portman,Scarlett Johansson, or any of the up and coming new comers if you want to mirror the original. 2001 one you have to be careful, because you would have to out do Star Wars, and the original film to make it work, and it can’t have the slow pace as well. I think you might need an army of HAL 9000 computers to take over the ship to make it work.

 

 

21 Notes About Sci-Fi After ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’