Over the last few weeks I have had the privilege of watching some rather amazing movies I had never really heard of. At least I had never heard of them being in the theater.
Hoax Richard Gere
One of the most unbelievable true stories you will ever watch. A writer that is destitute fakes hand written letters from Howard Hughes authorizing him to be the sole writer of his autobiography. While publicly denying any association with the book, either Hughes himself or some of his people ship the author a very large box with damaging insider information on Richard Nixon, the military, and every other person Hughes needs to get back under control. The book, burned after printing, actually turned out to be the main reason Watergate happened. Anyone old enough to remember Watergate will be floored by this movie and the quality of acting by all cast members.
Winter Passing Zooey Deschanel, Ed Harris
After watching this movie on the STARZ network last night, I firmly believe that Zooey is quite possibly the most gifted actress her generation has spawned. Ed Harris delivers a phenomenal performance and the story line simply sucks you in for the ride. You forget you are watching a movie and get lost in the story. Early on in the movie, there is a troubling scene. After building up a story line about how this struggling actress rescued a kitten and was now raising it in her run down place in New York, they make a point of having the animal hospital call to confirm the kitten has feline leukemia. A few scenes later will come the part which is troubling to watch. It was definitely necessary to show just how far below the bottom the character had landed, but some might skip watching the rest of the movie because of it.
The Hunting Party Richard Gere
No, I haven’t suddenly joined the Richard Gere admiration society. Quite honestly I hadn’t really seen him in anything since Pretty Woman and now I think I know why. It appears he has been making Indy type films which go straight to DVD. Thanks to my BlockBuster subscription I’m actually watching a lot more Indy movies. (Yes, I used to have Netflix, but being an IT professional and having to endure their Web site was just too much. BlockBuster got my business.)
Yet another true story about a journalist who hit rock bottom covering wars all over the world. When he had his meltdown on camera and became fodder for journalist programs in every college around the world he was in Bosnia. The story starts up back in Bosnia, it goes places you don’t see coming, and ends with the most pointed critique of why nobody can find Osama Bin Laden you will ever see.
Put this movie at the top of your viewing list.