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Mark Kermode | 12:00 UK time, Monday, 26 January 2009

After it received five Academy Award nominations, Mark tackles Frost/Nixon as his big review on Simon Mayo's BBC Radio 5 Live show.

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  • Comment number 1.

    Just hearing that clip makes me want to avoid that film at all costs, Frank Langella sounds ridiculous, not like himself, not like Nixon, but like someone sucking on five or six golfballs.

  • Comment number 2.

    Langella's nothing but a giant, quivering ham. At some points in this film he was acting so hard I thought he'd rupture something. Sheen, however, wasn't too bad.

  • Comment number 3.

    Does anyone else think that Langella as Nixon sounds a bit like Sean Connery?

  • Comment number 4.

    "Does anyone else think that Langella as Nixon sounds a bit like Sean Connery?"

    Lol thats what I was about to say.

    But looking at the Oscar and Bafta nom's that have been announced, there's no Hunger or The Wrestler in best film (never mind The Dark Knight).
    I hope Mark gives best film and director to the Wrestler and Aronofsky. Fantastic film but according to the Academy The Reader is a better film.
    Thats bonkers if u ask me but thats just my taste in film.

  • Comment number 5.

    At the very least, I feel the movie incites interest in that period in history, and that ought to be commended. I found the movie really engaging and emotional as well, though.

  • Comment number 6.

    I liked the piano... Lovely music. And lovely men. Maybe I was too caught up in naked man-buns to realize it was boring. I loved it though. It was one of those films you eat while watching, if that makes sense.

  • Comment number 7.

    Doctor...i loved Benjamin Button.. I laughed, cried and felt all manner of emotion. The script was well written, every actor seemed on top form, the direction was impeccable and everything about it completely resonated with me. To me the combination played somewhat like Del Toro meets Forrest Gump and Roald Dahl. This is the first time I have completely disagreed with the good Doctor and though no doubt he will completely deconstruct this comment, turning it into no more than the ramblings of a fool, I can safely say that it rests as one of the greatest films I have seen over the past 2 years. (Pans Labyrinth's right up there for the same reasons empathized in the review, just to show that we don't completely disagree)
    Cheers! (not sarcastic)

  • Comment number 8.

    Enjoyed Frost/Nixon for the severalth time at the cinema earlier.

    We are indeed gonna make those melon-farmers CHOKE!

  • Comment number 9.

    Unless I missed something, what happened to the Underworld 3 review? It just never happened.

  • Comment number 10.

    Hi mark is my first comment so please have mercy!
    i recently went to see frost/nixon and on a personal note i was the only person in the screening under 50. a situation that made me feel oddly proud and closer to my parents/grandparents, i felt that the films job for my generation was already done. however as the film came to a close i was in tears with sympathy for nixon and the lonelyness and guilt that the man felt and not the ex-politician. i dont think that this is what the film intended to do and i feel it is more the power of langella's performance that made me feel this, but how do you (a man of you're generation) feel about me feeling this way after the film that i think was very balanced and honest in telling the events of the saga???

  • Comment number 11.

    I think Langella's voice is perfect for the part of the fairly overpowering and strong minded carachter of Nixon!


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