Here are the films Daniel recommended on his show last Saturday.
All the President’s Men – Daniel said it has a tremendous cast. I’ve seen it, it’s an excellent film.
The film that launched a thousand journalism school students, All the President’s Men chronicles how reporters Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) brought down Richard M. Nixon. The duo connected a Washington, D.C., hotel break-in with a Nixon “dirty tricks” team assigned to discredit Democratic rivals. Director Alan J. Pakula ratchets up the tension (no small feat, as the outcome is assured).
The Usual Suspects – Daniel called it a great, wonderful thriller. I agree, it’s an excellent film.
The sole survivor of a caper gone wrong, sniveling con man Verbal Kint (Kevin Spacey) gets locked in an interrogation room with a pushy fed (Chazz Palminteri) who wants to know why Spacey is still alive. In a flashback, Spacey recalls being in stir with career crooks forced to carry out a heist. Screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie’s ingenious story spins on a dime.
The Great Dictator – One of the few movies Charlie Chaplin in which he spoke.
Charlie Chaplin plays dual roles in this prescient twist on the immortal prince-and-the-pauper tale: look-alikes Adenoid Hynkel — Tomania’s anti-Semitic ruler — and an amnesiac Jewish barber. After 20 years in a hospital, the barber goes home, oblivious to the plight of Tomania’s Jews. Soon Hynkel cracks down on them … but a case of mistaken identity gives the unassuming barber a chance to make an impassioned speech for a return to democracy.