The American President

1995, Movie, PG-13, 115 mins


I am writing to disagree with ...

Question: I am writing to disagree with your answer to Richard S. about watching movies on network TV. I do that all the time. My reasons may or may not make sense to you, but here they are: First, I am squeamish about violence. Being a huge Nicolas Cage fan, the "chopped-up" edited version is the only way I am willing to watch 8mm or Windtalkers (sadly, I still haven't watched Saving Private Ryan because I'm afraid of the first half hour — I know...). And second, I hate to waste money. Going to the movies has now turned into a $20+ event for two; I hate to throw away money for a mediocre movie where the trailer shows the only decent scene or two. The primary reason I love watching movies on TV is that I get to preview the movie to see if I want to spend my money adding it to my collection of DVDs. Third, some movies — like That Thing You Do, National Treasure, Legally Blonde, Hoosiers, The Goonies, Con Air, The Birdcage, The Sixth Sense and My Best Friend's Wedding — I just love and ... read more

While thinking of the sad and ...

Question: While thinking of the sad and sudden death of John Spencer and what the producers of The West Wing will do to alter their story line, I came upon a repeat airing of Aaron Sorkin's The American President, starring Michael Douglas. In that movie, actor John Mahoney (of Frasier fame) has a small but key role as head of an environmental lobby. While watching his performance, I was struck by his fine acting but more by his physical similarity to the late Mr. Spencer. Perhaps the West Wing producers, rather than "kill off" Leo McGarry's character, which has been important to the most recent story arc, could see if Mr. Mahoney is available to assume the role, just to finish out the series and give the McGarry character a proper send-off. Fans of both The American President and The West Wing, I feel, would not be too bothered by the change, and Mr. Mahoney is a fine actor and could bring dignity to the role. What do you think? Answer: I agree that John Mahoney is a terrific, ... read more

Will Ever Carradine Bed Chief's Hubby?

Ever Carradine on Commander in Chief

C.J., you know we love ya, but there's a shiny new spin doctor in the White House, and she's being played by Ever Carradine on ABC's Commander in Chief (Tuesdays at 9 pm/ET). As Kelly Ludlow, she puts the best possible face on Mackenzie Allen's scrutinized presidency, all the while fielding furtive glances from the first son and lending her ear to the first gentleman. Carradine, whose previous long-term series gig was as the girl-toy of Sela Ward's ex-husband on Once and Again, chatted with about life in TV's "other" West Wing. I totally remember you as Once and Again's Tiffany. She was such a sad little… what's the wo read more

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