“Vantage Point” – Joanna Langfield reviews

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Vantage Point

This clumsy thriller makes you appreciate Rashomon all the more. Like the film that undoubtedly inspired it, this one shares the perspective of different people, all of whom have witnessed an assassination attempt on the President of the United States. Unfortunately, that’s about where the comparisons end.

Not that there isn’t a lot going on here. We’ve got a sleek Matthew Fox contrasting the shaky Dennis Quaid, as the Secret Service men assigned to protect the good guy President (William Hurt), Forest Whitaker, as The Best American Tourist There Ever Was, TV director Sigourney Weaver, screaming to her crew “Get me something; I’m dyin’ here!” and all sorts of undeveloped ethnic types, committing all sorts of acts of terrorism. Although the film runs a brisk 90 minutes or so, much of it is devoted to rewinding the film, to make the point that “ok, now we’re going to see what happened according to this guy”. The first few times we see that, well, ok, but, about a half hour into the screening I attended, a young man sitting next to me announced, loudly, “OK! I’m hating this movie now. This is annoying!” He got up and left. Most of the rest of us stayed; many, laughing often and out loud at the preposterous proceedings.

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Her voice is heard throughout the 50 states and around the world by more than one million listeners on her syndicated radio programs: Joanna Langfield’s People Report and Video and Movie Minute. She’s also seen and heard as a regular contributing commentator on CNN International, CNN, Fox News and CNBC. In print, her articles have been published in such high profile magazines as Video Review and McCall’s. Joanna Langfield is known for taking interviews to another level with probing looks at celebrities’ insights rather than just their latest projects. As a result, she’s secured a niche among the nation’s premier interviewers and movie critics. Joanna began her career on the production staff of a local Boston television station. She then focused her energies towards radio and produced talk shows at WMEX-AM in Boston. After moving to New York, she became executive producer at WMCA-AM for talk show personalities Barry Gray and Sally Jessy Raphael. She began hosting a one-minute movie review spot which, in turn, led to her top-rated weekend call in-show, The Joanna Langfield Show (1980-83). Joanna moved to WABC-AM to host The Joanna Langfield Show on Saturday nights from 9:00pm to midnight. It was the highest rated show in its time slot. From 1987-1989, Joanna hosted Today’s People on the ABC Radio network, which was fed daily to over 300 stations around the country. She also appeared on WABC-TV as a regular on-air contributor. In 1989, Joanna formed her radio production company, Joanna Langfield Entertainment Reports, to syndicate her radio reports. She is considered to be one of the top authoritative commentators on the entertainment industry. Read Lagfield's recent articles below. For her Women On Film archive, type "Joanna Langfield" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).