All the President’s Men

I awoke and watched CBS Sunday Morning.  They repeated a segment on Gregg Allman.  He talked about coming up with the name Melissa for a song as he was in a store.  I went out to buy some food for Memorial Day, and I fell asleep while listening to Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me on the radio.  It seemed that John Prine was not very good at playing one of their games.  I went over to the bus stop and took the 6 and then the 72M over to Jack London Square.  I bought a ticket, perhaps for the last time, for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”  I thought that there was a lot of crying in the movie.  I returned home and felt grateful that it was a holiday weekend.  I went over to the record store and bought a Ringo Starr album, and the Partridge Family single “Doesn’t Somebody Want to Be Wanted.”  I watched the Blu-ray edition of “All the President’s Men.”  It is still a great movie, although the changes in gathering information since 1972 is very apparent.  These reporters were struggling with index cards and phone books, and they used photocopiers.  I noticed that Robert Redford used the terrible two-finger method of typing, where Dustin Hoffman looked more efficient.  I could believe that Hoffman was a better writer than Redford.  Some of the fact gathering didn’t seem very solid, as it consisted in quotations from people.  I saw that Lindsay Crouse, Jane Alexander, and Meredith Baxter had roles in this movie.  F. Murray Abraham was Arresting Officer #1.  If the movie is true to all the facts, then Woodward and Bernstein drank a lot of coffee and ate at McDonald’s a lot.  I wondered if those were authentic wrappers and cups from 1972.  A sign that this was all happening a long time ago was the sight of tourists lined up to take the White House tour.  Everyone says that this movie contains a lot of suspense, even though we all know what the outcome will be.  That’s because for the longest time it looks like the bad guys are going to get away with it. They are the ones in power, and all the little people like the Jane Alexander character are frightened.  Who do these two reporters think they are, anyway?  History could have ended up so differently if a couple of things didn’t happen.  Some of what went on made me think of the 2016 election and Donald Trump.  History repeats itself, especially when it involves Republicans, who make it a point of looking to the past.  The bulk of the story happens over the course of about five months.  I was pretty impressed with the acting of Redford and Hoffman.  They made me believe that they were normal guys.  They were single-minded, though.  Didn’t they ever go to the movies?  One of them looked like a Bullets fan.  The cast was excellent, with Jason Robards, Hal Holbrook, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam, and Ned Beatty all doing a good job.  We get a real feeling that we’ve spent time with all of these people.  Alan J. Pakula was a good fit for this film especially after “The Parallax View.”  Gordon Willis was the cinematographer.  There was a great aerial shot that showed the city.  However, I wouldn’t say that this Blu-ray edition was especially great.  I remember this movie so vividly, even though the first time I saw it was decades ago.  In contrast, a movie like “Spotlight” has already faded from my memory quite a bit.  It was a reminder of what a great period the 1970s were, from “M*A*S*H” and “Five Easy Pieces” to “Manhattan” and “Apocalypse Now.”  I listened to Robert Hilburn’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Times radio program on KCSN.  He played songs by Kris Kristofferson, Leonard Cohen, Jimmy Webb, Joe South, and Carole King.  I thought about how much I liked “Rose Garden” and “Don’t It Make You Want to Go Home.”  The Columbo episode on Me TV was “Ashes to Ashes,” with Patrick McGoohan and Sally Kellerman.  The murderer was stupid, as usual, in leaving behind an obvious clue.  The Kolchak episode was “Ripper.”  Simon Oakland was a good actor, although I wouldn’t rate his work in “Psycho” too highly.  Some of the people who died on May 29 include Fanny Brice (1951), Mary Pickford (1979), Romy Schneider (1982), Jeff Buckley (1997), Harvey Korman (2008), and Dennis Hopper (2010).  Today is a birthday for Noel Gallagher (50), Annette Bening (59), and Danny Elfman (64).  According to the Brandon Brooks Rewind radio segment for May 29, Fanny Brice, the inspiration for Barbra Streisand’s “Funny Girl,” died at the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital from a cerebral hemorrhage in 1951.  In 1987, John Landis was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter in the Twilight Zone movie accident that resulted in the death of Vic Morrow and two child actors.  In 1999, the remains of Philip Taylor Kramer of Iron Butterfly were found in a canyon near Malibu after he had been missing for four years.

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