That the film narrative and direction is close to theater then traditional film. Noah is using Letterboxd to share film reviews and lists with friends. His monologue explores his personal life and … I mean, hey, if someone wants to remake Secret Honor in ten years with you-know-who at the center, I wouldn't be against that move. Secretly hoped he'd use that gun at some point. Had hoped that this would be like that Tom Hardy movie Locke, where it’s one guy talking to other people, and external events building, but nah: this is a one man show, with one man talking to himself for 90 minutes.Still, it’s a testament to Philip Baker Hall that it kinda works. Ugh I love the whole watergate scandal and Nixon is just so insane it’s … not quite sure this works as a film but one thing is for certain: nixon was an incredibly fucked up and pathological human being, and this is one of the few portrayals of himwhich gets to that essential truth. It's beyond me that he didn't receive any nominations for this performance. I’m sure this won’t cause any problems. How do you make hearing someone talk about politics for an hour and a half interesting? This film drags. tarrdigrade 1,807 films 23,752 187 Edit, If you're feeling overwhelmed, but still want to squeeze a film into your daily routine, this list is made for…, Updated: October 16, 2020 Created: January 19, 2013 View More Lists Follow Me, The Criterion Collection is a video distribution…, Just a list of some pretty cool movie posters on the LB database. A tape recorder, a gun and whiskey are his only companions during his entire monologue, which is tinged with the vitriol and paranoia that puzzled the public during his presidency. His monologue explores his personal life and describes his upbringing and his mother. Now addicted to DVD commentaries. This FAQ is empty. and Stiggs aren't your average unhappy teenagers. Letterboxd is the best way to track the films you watch and want to watch. The first 5/10 minutes are fascinating, with a staggeringly incoherent Philip Baker Hall using performance to criticise Nixon. Directed by Robert Altman. It doesn’t develop or move on, it just goes over the same beats in a history laden script that’s impenetrable to anyone who doesn’t know much about Nixon. "You were my mother's piano, and that fucking museum, is not going to get you! A bit of a history lesson, but one that is more interested in theater than in truth. This has to be the most interesting movie interpretation of Nixon yet. Simple. ONLY NIXON CAN DUMP NIXON!!!!!! "[10] A review in Variety reporting from a pre-wide release screening in San Francisco wrote, "There isn't likely a broad audience for 'Secret Honor,' yet pic is really too good to remain a secret for long ... Philip Baker Hall is so physically and verbally impressive in his ravings that, should pic get a commercial release in L.A., the Academy would be quite realistic in considering him for a best acting Oscar. Secret Honor speculates that the Watergate scandal was engineered by Nixon, framing himself for lesser crimes to keep investigators from stumbling onto worse ones: treason, massive government corruption, and diversion of funds. "In other words this is FAKE NEWS", cries Olly. Love to see Nixon unhinged and growling at his skeptics for two hours. Nixon recalls his mother fondly, Dwight Eisenhower with hatred, Henry Kissinger with condescension and John F. Kennedy with a mixture of appreciation and rage. The closest we'll probably ever get to having Philip Baker Hall cover Danzig. Philip Baker Hall is a legend and I already knew it, but this film made it crystal clear. With the exception of Popeye (1980) in my opinion, what strange film that I love exist. ONLY NIXON CAN DUMP NIXON!!!!!! A behind-the-scenes look at a former Michigan U.S. Representative's campaign as he vies for his party's Presidential nomination. Eugene Kim . You put an audience in a room with Richard Nixon working through the fact that he got canceled. The following is a biographical film created for Richard Nixon’s 1968 presidential campaign. The alleged interest of the committee is the heroin trade with Asia, although he followed them rather out of a lust for power plus some belief in their willingness to bring democracy to Asia. ", Name a better on-screen portrayal of a real life person I'll wait, How do you make hearing someone talk about politics for an hour and a half interesting? Favorites: Viridiana (1961), Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), Secret Honor (1984), Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979). You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Directed by Robert Altman. Unfortunately, it is yet another case of Altman simply being a poor match for the material as a director. None of this happened but that isn't the point. Based on the original play by Donald Freed and Arnold M. Stone, and starring Philip Baker Hall in a tour de force solo performance, Robert Altman’s SECRET HONOR is a searing interrogation of the Nixon mystique and an audacious depiction of unchecked paranoia. Wonder when they’ll remake this movie for you-know-who, they wouldn’t have to change much. Made by fans in Auckland, New Zealand. The direction does not give the film that extra little push, however. IMDb Philip Baker Hall walks around and drinks and rambles and yells for 90 minutes in a single room, yet this film manages to keep my attention and interest throughout - that just shows the great skill of Altman and Baker Hall. Fortunately…. Altman's direction is strong, at times reminding me of how Sidney Lumet would let his camera wander and focus in 12 Angry Men. In his New Jersey study, Richard Nixon retraces the missteps of his political career, attempting to absolve himself of responsibility for Watergate and lambasting President Gerald Ford's decision to pardon him. Not even Altman can film a one-man play and call it a movie, but Philip Baker Hall really is outstanding. During a future ice age, dying humanity occupies its remaining time by playing a board game called "Quintet." As IMDb celebrates its 30th birthday, we have six shows to get you ready for those pivotal years of your life ... your 30s. It's simply Philip Baker Hall as Richard Nixon, alone in his study, drinking whisky and rambling about his career into a microphone. Simple. A parody and satire of the U.S. political scene of the time, HealtH is set at a health food convention at a Florida luxury hotel, where a powerful political organization is deciding on a new president. Needless to say an amazing performance too. Imagine losing to TaZ and NEO in 2020 and 2 nonames, omegaez Secret nice investment in Cs you did :) 2020-09-02 16:01 #70. An incredible portrayal of a man consumed by hatred, insecurity, loneliness, coming up with excuses in defense of himself. Robert Altman's chamber masterpiece begins. For years now myself, Joe and Olly have planned an all-night Nixonfest, a celebration of the awful life and wonderful cinematic footprint of America's former most corrupt president. Ugh I love the whole watergate scandal and Nixon is just so insane it’s captivating af. (As of 09/7/20) Sort list by last added for latest additions…, Keenan Tamblyn 600 films 2,424 12 Edit, Found these lists (twelve total which I've compiled) a couple years back and they slowly became my bible for weird…, A list of movies that shoot for the stars, trying to make films with all sorts of strange and inventive…, David Blakeslee 3,766 films 634 53 Edit, Updated on 10/19/2020 - A list, arranged in order of original release, of all films associated with the Criterion Collection,…, some films are not on tmdb, some may have been mismatched or simply not found when importing into…. Not even Altman can film a one-man play and call it a movie, but Philip Baker Hall really is outstanding. Gross, Linda (September 13, 1984). ZVN’s review published on Letterboxd: Guess who’s back? The end result is a film that largely feels quite stiff, even if the writing and acting are truly tremendous and hypnotic. The end result is a film that largely feels quite stiff, even if the writing and acting are truly tremendous and hypnotic. Bio: Star Trek: The Motion Picture fan club At this point in his career, Altman was a bit taken with adapting plays to the screen, to varying degrees of success. Perhaps a more interesting film rather than a particularly good one. 11 Secret Habits of Straight-A Students Even Post-Grads Will Want to Steal Edwin Kiester Updated: Sep. 21, 2018 It's not about brains, or about the amount of time spent studying. Still, great theater reveals its own truths and there is plenty here to chew on. One of Robert Altman's low-budget 1980s play-to-film adaptations, Secret Honor further demonstrates just how little Altman's style works in a play setting. Altman's direction is strong, at times reminding me of how Sidney Lumet would let his camera wander and focus in 12 Angry Men. Sequestered in his home, a disgraced President Richard Milhous Nixon arms himself with a bottle of scotch and a gun to record memoirs that no one will hear. I am…. Oddly satisfying. "[2] Pauline Kael called the film "a small, weird triumph" and described Hall's performance as "an acting feat by a man who probably isn't a great actor," explaining that "Hall draws on his lack of a star presence and on an actor's fears of his own mediocrity in a way that seems to parallel Nixon's feelings.