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Sabotage the President's Men



1 Matt Blankman   ~  Apr 7, 2011 10:58 am

It's a bit on the nose, no? I mean, the song uses the term "Watergate."

2 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 7, 2011 11:00 am

"a bit"? What are you some kind of Brit? Please remove "bit" from your vocabulary, Sir. See "Elements of Style."

Point is well taken, though. I think "Shake Your Rump" would have been ideal.

3 RIYank   ~  Apr 7, 2011 11:10 am

I say, a tad rough on Blankman there, weren't you, Alex? We needn't be quite so, shall we say, chauvinistic about matters stylistic, eh wot?

4 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 7, 2011 11:12 am

2) He deserves everything he gets. LOL. Believe me he'll give it to me three times worse. I'm going to start a podcast in a month or so and Matt will be a great guest, frack to my frick, or is it the other way around? He'll say "a bit" and I'll say "Mad cool" and then the sparks will fly. LOL

5 Matt Blankman   ~  Apr 7, 2011 11:48 am

[4] I do deserve it...just a bit.

6 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 7, 2011 11:55 am


7 Crazy8Rick   ~  Apr 7, 2011 11:58 am

I say ol' man. Jolly good show! Great Movie. One of the best. Alex, I luv it when you run those classic clips. Go Yankees!!!

8 Matt Blankman   ~  Apr 7, 2011 12:06 pm

I just watched All The President's Men again recently. It's amazing that Pakula is able to keep that movie tense and spooky when you know the ending going in. Great supporting cast, too.

[4] But really, you have a problem with "bit?" Seems an odd choice of a word that sets you off. But then again, what's the point of an irrational hatred if it's not irrational?

9 Eric McCauley   ~  Apr 7, 2011 12:42 pm

It's a great film. For some reason I always think of Soderbergh's "Out of Sight," another great flick. The lack of incidental music in All The President’s Men, as well as (perhaps) the color palette seemed to influence SS quite a bit. I believe there's some yellow and blue, but what really stuck out was the orange.

10 Matt Blankman   ~  Apr 7, 2011 12:55 pm

[9] I recall a NY Times article a few years ago where Soderbergh talked at length about All the President's Men, and particularly about the color pallette, how Gordon Willis mixed those cold, icy blues with warmer tones, depending on the scene. He's on the record as a big fan.

Gotta love Pakula's pranoia trilogy.

11 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 7, 2011 5:43 pm

"a bit" is weak and passive. Be strong and concise. "A bit" qualifies a statement. Have the courage of your convictions, man!

12 Matt Blankman   ~  Apr 7, 2011 6:05 pm

[11] But sometimes a bit is an accurate modifier - like "Alex is a bit of a douche."

Do you approve of using its other meaning? When someone asks you about Ken Clay?

13 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 7, 2011 10:15 pm

Lol my man! And yes I approve of the other usage.

14 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 7, 2011 10:29 pm

Love that film. Book was great too.

Podcast mania is coming?? I demand an episode on why Speilberg is a total hack who helped ruin American cinema!!

15 NoamSane   ~  Apr 7, 2011 10:39 pm

Def. looking forward to the Belth & Blank Show podcast (a little bit)!

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