“Penis”The better you know the details of Watergate the more you’ll take pleasure in “Cock,” a wild satire starring Michelle Williams and Kirsten Dunst as high school women who reside in the Watergate and unintentionally result in the discovery of the Watergate burglary. On a trip of the White House, they acknowledge someone from the theft, and so they get employed as “White House pet walkers” to make sure they do not find out what is going on. Williams and Dunst are charming and Dan Hedaya and his continuous five-o’clock shadow make an excellent Nixon. The motion picture is filled with brilliant colors, sharp wit, and high energy. Roger Ebert called it a “sly little comic treasure.”
“Secret Honor”Robert Altman directed this “fictional mediation” on Nixon’s story, with Philip Baker Hall as the tortured ex-President, providing a monologue filled with anger, bitterness, recrimination, and sorrow. Roger Ebert offered it four stars and called it “among the most scathing, lacerating and brilliant motion pictures of 1984.” Ebert likewise said Hall played Nixon “with such savage strength, such enthusiasm, such venom, such scandal, that we can not turn away.”
“Mark Felt: The Man Who Lowered the White House”This is the story of the mysterious, confidential figure who met with Bob Woodward in the shadowy parking garage. Speculation about his identity lasted for decades before Mark Felt exposed that he had actually been the source guiding Woodward and Bernstein to a few of the most considerable revelations of the Washington Post’s coverage. Liam Neeson plays Felt, a more complicated figure than the Holbrook version. He never ever said, “Follow the money.” He leaked to other journalists in addition to Woodward. The true story is murkier and more complicated than Goldman’s version. Was it sacrifice and patriotism? Or, was it payback for losing out on the leading task at the FBI when J. Edgar Hoover died? Who was Felt protecting, American voters or the Bureau? We know his name now but there is still a lot of secret left in his story.