Saturday, September 22, 2012
"The Candidate," politically relevant film
Politically progressive and handsome is the challenger for the Senate seat that Robert Redford portrays in the award winning 1972 movie “The Candidate,” which is relevant today as it was 40 years ago. His thoughts on poverty, unemployment, housing and health care will resonate with many progressive voters today. How this slipped buy me all these years is puzzling. The Redford character is sucked into the spinning vortex of contemporary politics putting him at odds with his campaign managers and his wife who do not share his vision or values. Depression and disorientation result as the movie unravels. Father and son enjoy Hamm’s beer, from St. Paul, land of sky blue waters, in one scene. Don Porter, last seen as Ann Southern’s boss in “Private Secretary” and as Sally Fields dad in “Gidget,” is his challenger. This is the most riveting two hours of entertainment you are likely to find from Netflix who send plastic disks in the mail in paper wrappers to be chewed up in the Post Office equipment. Go Netflix!