THE CRITERION COLLECTION #257
I must admit that having only a basic understanding of Watergate meant that much of this was lost on me. However, Philip Baker Hall's performance is so impressive that he kept me engaged.
The Criterion Collection #253
Going into this, I had seen two other Cassavetes films that I really disliked (Shadows and Faces). Both of those films were hard to watch, and I did not care about the characters and in Faces I couldn't stand them. In A Woman Under The Influence, Cassavetes made me care about his characters, which made me want to stay engaged with it. The film is a brutal watch yet very effective. In the two other films the performances came across as some sort of acting excercise gone wrong, while in this they were amazingly real.