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Capricorn One (1977)
Mars A Day
Classic seventies US TV feel , simple story with a straight forward conspiracy that hints at a possible real life Moon landing hoax.
Elliot Gould acts his heart out and saves the film from being wet Wednesday matinée fodder.
Good film in all if your a fan of the era , but a fatal flaw that stands out like a faked moon landing. How does Elliot Gould know that Brubaker is lost in the dessert ?
I tried to figure it , but no way this could have been assumed.
Good old Kojak sorted it out in the end , taking five minutes to find the prize whereas the whole of NASA couldn't do it in two days, who loves you baby ?
OJ Simpson is as wooden as a plank , but the joke about the gun did make me chuckle , albeit with 30 years of hindsight .
Guilty pleasure #23
Frost Is Not A Genius
Sheen and Langella both give excellent performances and manage to draw some tension and shadow boxing intrigue into what is essentially a pedestrian story. Toby Jones and Kevin Bacon also add polish to a well acted piece. However , the reverential portrayal of Frost as a genius rather than the bumbling TV chat show host whose directionless attempt to grab ratings is unsupported by the industry, is either nieve or brilliantly provocative. Eventually lucking out by being embarrassed into giving a serious interview by an "angry expert" , this is held up as his greatest lifetime achievement , over 30 years ago , never to be repeated , nuff said. A self promoting film of "massive" importance actually mirrors the subject matter of the "interview of the century" , with the main players narrative just inflating the egos and the story to a level of worldly proportions , whereas in truth , Frost was in the right place at the right time to be manipulated into showing Nixons "human" side. Didn't enjoy it as much as I was told I would.