The life and career of one of America’s most celebrated journalists is the subject of an upcoming documentary titled Mike Wallace Is Here. Wallace, who over a seven-decade career solidified himself as one of the most important journalists of our time, won an incredible 21 Emmys for his work- most notably for CBS’ 60 Minutes. The new documentary journals his rise to become of the most confronting, aggressive, but effective reporters, having interviewed a who’s who of politicians, celebrities, and noted figures. Over his career, he’s had pointed sit downs and talks with everyone from Ayn Rand to Deng Xiaoping, from Barbara Streisand to Frank Lloyd Wright.
In one of his more famous interviews, he sat down with General William Westmoreland for a special piece titled, The Uncounted Enemy: A Vietnam Deception. The CBS documentary purported that General Westmoreland and intelligence officers manipulated enemy troop numbers in Vietnam to create the impression that the war was being won. General Westmoreland sued Wallace and CBS in a $120 million suit.
Wallace retired from his position as 60 Minutes correspondent in 2006 after a lengthy 37-year career. He passed away in 2012 at the age of 93.
Mike Wallace is Here is a documentary by Avi Belkin that features extensive footage from Wallace’s illustrious career, detailing in depth his work and influence. In the official blurb, the documentary is;
“an unflinching look at the legendary reporter, who interrogated the 20th century’s biggest figures in his over fifty years on air, and his aggressive reporting style and showmanship that redefined what America came to expect from broadcasters. Unearthing decades of never-before-seen footage from the 60 Minutes vault, the film explores what drove and plagued Wallace, whose storied career was entwined with the evolution of journalism itself.”
In an interview with The Washington Post, director Avi Belkin talked about the influence and lasting legacy of Mike Wallace. Belkin stated that Wallace became the blueprint for today’s style of news reporting- unshackled and unbound;
“In a way, he made the blueprint of what journalism is today. Mike was, in a way, a revolution. The charisma, the performance — he brought them into the game.”
We find ourselves in a tumultuous time in news journalism and reporting. But what we can glimpse from Mike Wallace is Here is that we have seen this before. History repeats itself yet we’ve found ways to overcome. It is perhaps, one of the many reasons why this documentary seems so timely and fascinating.
The film opens in select theatres July 26th. Check out the trailer above.
American excellence and Top Gun theme return to Top Gun: Maverick
The return of old school American excellence and exceptionalism
What is old is new again, and as the current trends would dictate, still much better. An ageless Tom Cruise returns to helm Top Gun: Maverick, the sequel to the 1986 classic. The long awaited sequel sees Cruise return as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, 34 years after the original. Now a flight instructor, Maverick is tasked to train and teach the son of Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (played by Anthony Edwards in the original). Goose’s son is played by Miles Teller in the sequel, and rounds out a cast that features a Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, and a returning Val Kilmer.
The official blurb details the plot;
“Top Gun: Maverick takes place 34 years after the events of the original film and pits legendary Captain Peter “Maverick” Mitchell as the new flight instructor of Top Gun, in which he guides Bradley, Goose’s son, who seeks to become an aviator much as his father was.”
Top Gun: Maverick is directed by Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy, Oblivion) and is being released by Paramount Pictures. It is set to hit cinemas June 26th, 2020.
What’s got me excited? The return of Maverick and Iceman, the return of old school American excellence and exceptionalism, the return of that Top Gun anthem (“Danger Zone” is nice and all, but that anthem…), and the return of fighter jets. Give us all the fighter jets. (After seeing the original, I remember visiting my nearest bookstore to find any book they had about fighter jets. I found one, it just had pictures and stats. But what more could a 7-year-old want?)
Jay and Silent Bob return for Reboot
“Ladies, Ladies, Ladies, Jay and Silent Bob are in the hizzouse!”
Generation X’s most famed slackers are back. Jay and Silent Bob make their big-screen return in the upcoming Kevin Smith movie Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. The film follows the exploits of Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith) as they try to stop a remake of the Chronic and Bluntman movie- which was based on a comic book…. based on their likeness.
The film is the eighth film in Kevin Smith’s View Askewniverse and follows up 2006’s Clerks II. The last time Jay and Silent Bob headlined a movie was in 2001’s Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, which was about Jay and Silent Bob travelling to Hollywood to stop studios from making a Bluntman and Chronic movie… wait, what? Yes, as Kevin Smith has stated, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot is; “literally the same movie all over again”.
That’s OK. We love Jay and Silent Bob, and it’ll be better than the Lion King reboot.
Returning to reprise their roles from previous Kevin Smith films are Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Joey Lauren Adams, Brian O’Halloran and Jason Lee.
The film opens in cinemas October 15th and both Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith are taking the film on the road. They will be hosting screenings and Q+A sessions across the US starting in October. You can check out details and buy tickets from the Reboot Roadshow website.
I am thrilled that my childhood is alive and well. Snoochie boo… you know the drill. Check out the NSFW redband trailer.