Friday, September 14, 2012

Frosty the Nixon

Remember that movie I mentioned on Monday? The one that made me roll my eyes and drop it in Netflix purgatory aka my living room coffee table. It was Frost/Nixon. In case you don't understand why this movie elicited such a strong reaction here's how it's described.

This Oscar-nominated adaptation of Peter Morgan's popular Broadway play, a drama centering on a series of revelatory television interviews between British talk show host David Frost and former President Richard Nixon. Frank Langella reprises his Tony Award-winning stage role as Nixon.
See what I mean about aspirational art. I was holding an Oscar nominated, Tony Award winning chunk of American history. This is the kind of thing a thinking person should feel compelled to watch. And many of them do relish watching these kinds of movies. Namely, my husband.

"Really?" he asked when I announced I wanted to watch the movie on a Monday night. His excitement was tinged with a hint of suspicion. "Were you planning on falling asleep on the couch?"

It's a little awkward when someone knows your proclivities so well. When I told one of my movie loving BFF's that Frost/Nixon had made the dubious cut for aspirational art she was horrified. "Do you realize I watched that movie five times?" she asked. "And the first three times I saw it were in the theater. And I watched all nine hours of the original interviews."

But isn't this Nixon?!?
Duly chastised I sat down to watch the movie. The first twenty minutes I spent multi-tasking. "Who's that guy in the chair?" I asked at one point.

"That's Nixon," said my husband, giving me the evil eye.

I decided I needed to make a better effort and focus. And to my surprise it was entertaining and *gasp* engaging. But here's the more important question. Did I learn anything?

I did! I learned I am happy 1970s style sideburns are no longer popular for the male population at large (hipsters being the obvious exception).

Okay, I also learned that sometimes there is a reason why Oscar nominated, Tony Award winning productions receive accolades. I'd probably learn a lot more if I sat down and watched the full nine hours of original interviews, but really, what's the point of having amazingly smart, slightly obsessive friends if you can't count on them to fill you in on certain details.

P.S. No snowmen were harmed in the writing of this post.

P.S.S. However, I might be when my Frost/Nixon obsessed friend reads the post title.


Unknown said...

Hahaha I think my husband would disagree with the sideburns! If it weren't for the Air Force he'd have those suckers growing out.

Glad it wasn't as bad as you thought it'd be. :)

Anne Gallagher said...

Huh. I've been meaning to watch this movie as well. Now I'm not sure if I want to. Although there is something to be said for Frank Langella. I wonder if it would have made a difference if he wore his vampire teeth when he portrayed Nixon.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I thought it a great movie. Both actors were perfect in their roles.

Connie J Jasperson said...

I had the same reaction to this flick. Snore....

Actually, I had the same raction to Nixon per se, but that's another tale...

Angela Cothran said...

You know, I tend to hate everything that wins an Oscar :) Art movies tend to be to down for me.

jaybird said...

"No snowmen were harmed in this post" Bah ha ha! Love it.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Oh, I really wish I could say that I was inspired to watch this movie now.

But I'd still rather watch the movie next up on my Netflix list: Hysteria. It's an historical comedy about the invention of ... um, a device used to alleviate the symptoms of "female hysteria." Ahem.

Nixon and Frost are obviously too highbrow for me.

Johanna Garth said...

Caitlin, really!?!

Anne, I hope I didn't scare you off it. I ended up enjoying it.

Alex, I think my husband enjoyed it more than I did.

Connie, LOL!

Angela, I wish you could have seen the indie art film that arrived in my mailbox today! I was like...REALLY? What was I thinking?

Jaybird, I'm very careful when it comes to snowmen.

Dianne, I'm DYING to watch that movie. Maybe I'll try to sneak it in tonight.

Chuck said...

I have this movie recorded but have not watched. I know my wife would have no interest so I'll have to watch with the dogs on a girls night out for her!

Unknown said...

LOL reminds me of the time when my friends convinced me to watch Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It was a film I swore up and down I would be bored with and refused for the longest time to watch. To my surprise, I enjoyed it very much. :)

Talli Roland said...

I've yet to see this film. It's been on my list for ages! if only Netflix didn't SUCK big time in the UK, we might actually be able to watch it.

Ella said...

I have not seen it~ Something always grabs my attention~ YOU did it...happy no snowmen were hurt!
I have to be in the mood, for this type of film. YOU are a good sport :D