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Old 04-07-2009, 03:17 PM   #1
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I love great Dramas, There Will Be Blood, Taxi Driver, you know? the kind of movies to look up to. Somewhere along the way I missed seeing Oliver Stone's "Nixon" starring Anthony Hopkins. I'm always tempted to buy it though. And then on the 21st Ron Howards "Frost/Nixon" comes out which was nominated for Best Picture which history shows means any movie that has ever been nominated in that category is 98% of the time fantastic. Reviews for both are good but it seems "Nixon" may be slightly better. what do you guys think?
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Nixon is better than Frost/Nixon, but this is obviously subjective. That being said they both offer stellar performances and intriguing storylines.

The best way to differentiate the two is by the director's who made them. Nixon is very much an Oliver Stone film, similar to JFK in it's use of alternative footage and very much like W. in it's empathetic look at a political figure that has been much maligned. Frost/Nixon is like a political boxing match told in a very simple and direct manner by Ron Howard who avoids the melodramatic and overthetop styles that Stone often employs.

As for which you would prefer, I guess it would come down to that, which director do you like better?
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I love great Dramas, There Will Be Blood, Taxi Driver, you know? the kind of movies to look up to. Somewhere along the way I missed seeing Oliver Stone's "Nixon" starring Anthony Hopkins. I'm always tempted to buy it though. And then on the 21st Ron Howards "Frost/Nixon" comes out which was nominated for Best Picture which history shows means any movie that has ever been nominated in that category is 98% of the time fantastic. Reviews for both are good but it seems "Nixon" may be slightly better. what do you guys think?

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Old 04-07-2009, 05:23 PM   #4
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Forrest Gump rocked... what are you talking about?


I think Shawshank is better though and should have won the awards.
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IMO Gump sucked raw sewage. but hey, that's just my opinion.
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When i saw Frost/Nixon i really enjoyed it. It was very well done and the two main actors (Langella and i forget the other) were great. However, for some reason i don't feel the need to see it again, but I have seen Nixon several times and plan on buying the blu eventually.
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Michael Sheen is the other lead in Frost/Nixon

I'd take Frost/Nixon over Nixon by a comfortable margin personally.
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I only saw Nixon, long time ago no. Anthony Hopkins was very good in the role. Planning to see Frost/Nixon at one point
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Who's also the star of the fantastic Damned United.
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I have not seen Frost/Nixon but I can tell you that I really like the older Nixon movie and it looks great on Blu-ray.
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Who's also the star of the fantastic Damned United.

He's also in the Underworld series, correct? Lucian is his name?
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no contest, NIXON is tremendous, Frost/Nixon is just ok, Stone and Hopkins are in top form there
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Frost/Nixon feels so much like a PC agenda-loaded Show-trial-the-bad-man remake of "A Few Good Men", we keep expecting Langella's Nixon to shout "You can't handle the truth!"

Hopkins/Nixon, OTOH, is just one of Hannibal's greatest performances hands down:
He doesn't try to do Nixon's voice (as Langella tries to and ends up sounding like Jim Carrey's Grinch), but he's got the mannerisms and jittery defensiveness down pat, you think you ARE watching the real thing....Anyone who's seen "Titus" or "The Bounty" knows how Hopkins can play "Crumbling authority, and sanity's quickly going with it", and this's third in the trilogy.

(Oliver Stone, meanwhile, likes to throw in sympathetic "Attorney for the defense" theories for his biographical subjects, and even if Oliver's alternate explanation for the Missing Twelve Minutes on the tapes may not be accurate, it's so in character, you're ready to believe it.)

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Oliver Stone's Nixon is amazing and the way Anthony Hopkins is just Wow, get that Nixon.

Frost/Nixon IDK tbh, it is OK but not what I was expecting...
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Thanks guys I'm gonna buy Nixon, because of Hopkins
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