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The Final Installment of Our Oliver Platt Tribute: Frost/Nixon

Frost-Nixon:  Nice Work Oliver.

Well, we have come a long way on our tribute to Oliver Platt.  First, we took a look at Lake Placid, one that belongs in the dung heap.  Then, at Liberty Standstill, a more controversial movie from a reviewer’s perspective, as many people either loved it or hated it—I loved it, and here is Part III:  Frost-Nixon.

Only once would Nixon talk about his presidency and Watergate in such an open forum as in his interviews with David Frost.  Ron Howard (Opie Taylor from the Andy Griffith show) decided to make a movie about it, (adapted from the play), and he did a damn fine job of it too.

Oliver Platt plays Robert Zelnick, an out-of-work radio reporter with a law degree, who signed on as executive editor for the Frost/Nixon interviews.  Zelnick, along with the rest of the country, had reservations: many thought that Nixon saw Frost as a hard-living, halfhearted interviewer through whom Nixon could rectify his image and legacy. The reporters, however, were determined to deliver to the country, as Zelnick told a journalist at the time, “the trial that Richard Nixon never had.”

The real Zelnick said in an interview that his role was “to converge on Beverly Hills and help David organize for the interviews. Before each one of them, I would marshal all the material we had, digest it, and try and anticipate the way Nixon would respond. After briefing David, I would sit in the chair and pretend to be Nixon, and he would ask me exactly the questions we had in mind for the next day.”  This is exactly how Oliver Platt played it in the movie.

Platt gives a great performance and has some great scenes when he is playing his role as Nixon.  One line that is particularly memorable:  “That Jack Kennedy, he screwed anything that moved. He had a go at Checkers once, and that poor bitch was never the same after that.”

This was a great movie, so great that I am providing three clips each from three different sources.  The first is from the real Frost-Nixon interviews.  The second is from a Saturday Night Live spoof of the interviews, and third is from the movie itself.  When I saw the Saturday Night Live skit, I was 7 or 8 years old and obviously had no idea what they were talking about, so I didn’t find it funny.  Now I can really appreciate it.

In clip one, Frost is going after Nixon about his role in Watergate stating that his conduct amounted to an obstruction of justice.

Clip 2 is the SNL satire of the Frost-Nixon interviews.  What I love about this parody is that Gilda Radner plays Julie Nixon and Jane Curtin plays Pat Nixon.

An finally, here is a clip from Frost-Nixon the movie.


Posted by on March 17, 2010 in Movie Reviews


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Liberty Stand Still No. 2 of 3 in the Oliver Platt Tribute

Liberty Stand Still is not too well known, but I like it.  I always think that  Linda Fiorentino is great no matter what role she plays and although Oliver Platt does not have a major part in this film it’s enough.  Platt plays Fiorentino’s husband–she is an heir to a gun manufacturer that has questionable business practices–but he runs the company.  Wesley Snipes plays a sniper (no joke) who lost a child in a gun related death manufactured by Platt’s & Fiorentino’s company.

Snipes takes Linda Fiorentino, who ‘s family founded a fire-arms company, hostage threatening to either kill her with a sniper rifle or by detonating a bomb located in a hot dog cart she is cuffed to.  The movie never definitely tells us Snipes true motives, but as the hostage situation unfolds he hints at political corruption, avenging the death of his daughter, even trying to kill Oliver Platt.  You are never really told.  Snipes, who actually acts in this movie instead playing the monosyllabic action hero, ultimately kills himself as the authorities are closing in but not before broadcasting his long dialog with Liberty exposing the corruption et cetera.

Yes the movie went directly to video and yes the movie is openly preachy in anti-gun anti-corporation/business attitude, but if you seriously think that Hollywood will ever in our lifetimes have an open unbiased discussion of these issues then I have a bridge to sell you–No really you can even set up toll booths to make money.

I had never seen snipes act before but he clearly can and of course so can Linda.  This film gave both of these underrated actors a chance do their jobs.

It certainly is not crap.

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Posted by on March 13, 2010 in Movie Reviews


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Lake Placid–Oh Oliver I am sure this looked good on paper but . . .

Lake Placid–I am sure this looked like a good flick on paper: Bridget Fonda, Bill Pullman (Zero Effect & Space Balls et cetera) and of course Oliver Platt (who usually has better taste in his roles than this) all contending with big, almost prehistoric, creatures.  What happened?  Billing itself as a Horror/Comedy it is neither, instead it is one cliché after another and something that really gets my goat: it is 100% predictable.  After a mediocre start at best, this film fatally lost both pace and excitement.

The movie has a story that is truly paper thin.  Bridget Fonda played the all too annoying “fish out of water” scientist from the big city—wow that’s original—Pullman the strong silent type in charge of the guiding the fish out of water using predictable humor along the way and Oliver Platt appearing as the independently wealthy party-boy professor who is obsessed with crocodiles.  It is unfortunate that his antics are the highlight of the movie and the exchanges with the local sheriff was about the only thing that kept me in my seat from leaving.

Now in addition to the totally predictable ending, once again Hollywood feels the need to preach to us.  At the end, the viewer apparently is supposed to feel sympathy for the remaining crocodile which will be cared for and we should be delighted that the movie ended the way it did.  I don’t know, but it seems to me that if a giant creature was eating people alive, I don’t have a need to feel too sorry for it.

Unfortunately this movie has become (or will be) a cult classic.  But it is crap.


Posted by on March 12, 2010 in Movie Reviews


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I know what the third Oliver Platt movie tribute will be: Frost/Nixon.

I can’t believe it didn’t come to me sooner the third movie in the tribute trilogy to Oliver Platt is: Frost-Nixon. O.K. Now we have our winners–Diggstown, Liberty Stand Still and Frost-Nixon.


Posted by on March 1, 2010 in Movie Reviews


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A Tribute to Oliver Platt

The next review is going to be a tribute to Oliver Platt.  Why? Why not.  I think we’ll start with Diggstown (co-staring James Woods), then move into a lesser known Platt flick,  Liberty Stand Still and I am still deciding on the third movie so if you have any suggestions feel free to let me know.


Posted by on February 28, 2010 in Movie Reviews


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