The Assassination of Richard Nixon (US, 2004)

It took me a while to understand how great Sean Penn it (The Thin Red Line was the breakthrough). Whilst his persona is aggressive-maverick-macho here he plays a ‘loser’ on the verge of a breakdown (in the same ballpark as his role in Sweet and Lowdown) with utter conviction. Great movie too on the capitalist-corruption of consumerist America. Set in the ’70s but has anything changed? (DVD) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0364961/

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