Political Films

At The Oscars

February 26 2013
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If what you like is plenty of action, thrilling escapes sans verisimilitude, then ARGO is for you. It is a loosely based, highly contrived account of an incident in Iran that is not worth describing. You probably know what it is, anyway. Ben Affleck was in charge of falsities and he is entirely unapologetic. I…

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Civil War Movies

January 15 2013
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At about the halfway mark of the Civil War, Abe Lincoln takes the bold step of issuing an Emancipation Proclamation. A truly great moment in U.S. history. So it is now 150 years since that most important time. The film, LINCOLN, is about that moment. Since it stars Daniel Day-Lewis, there wasn’t, and could not…

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TWO & 1/2 WASTED HOURS AT THE FLICKS

August 21 2009
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If this movie wasn’t, on its surface at least, a political movie, I’d waste no time on it. Inglorious Basterds is the latest “masterpiece” by that strangest of filmmakers, Quentin Tarentino. (Don’t bother checking my spelling of the title – that’s exactly as it is.) The basterds are the Nazis and it is all about…

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SO, SUE ME!

May 8 2009
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I don’t seek permission to reprint. I disdain such capitalist garbage. If you want to read a great book or see a very good movie, Constantine’s Sword is for you. Movie Review: Constantine’s Sword When Love of Religion Leads to Hatred of Others By STEPHEN HOLDEN April 18, 2008 “CONSTANTINE’S SWORD,” a 2007 documentary film…

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NOT AT MY AIRPORT, YOU DON’T

March 1 2009
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What some people wrongly describe as Muslim fanaticism has reared its ugly head again. We’ve been through this many times. There is no such thing as Muslim fanaticism. So-called fanaticism is mainstream and, whether the majority of Muslims are peaceful or not, it is the literal understanding of the Koran. Perhaps only 50 million or…

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BEST POLITICAL FILMS OF 2008

December 20 2008
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Not being a movie connoisseur, I have relied on the collective judgment of many film critics to compile this Best of the Best. Not only is it easy enough for you to judge for yourself, but a cheaper way is look up the dozens of reviews each of these flicks got. In no particular order,…

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POLITICAL FILMS, 2008

October 20 2008
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October 19, 2008 The political movie of the year will surely be “W”, Oliver Stone’s burlesque of the current King of Washington. Very entertaining and perhaps even useful as a tiny slice of history. A NY Times review of it can be accessed here. For those who prefer something more serious and less Oliver Stonish,…

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ON THE VERY IDEA OF A POLITICAL MOVIE

August 1 2008
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August 1, 2008 We are closing in on an election and on another Olympic Games. The latter is far more important and nearly always done in better taste. I’ll say something about the OG another day. All movies have a serious stumbling block on the way to the dreamed of prize “Greatness”. It is not…

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POLITICAL MOVIE/BY, FOR AND OF THE…

July 31 2008
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July 31, 2008 Swing Vote is a movie about an idiot and therefore Kevin Costner is a natural for the role. The scenario is idiotic: Upon Costner’s vote hangs the fate of the nation. Democratic and Republican idiots are falling all over themselves vying for his swing vote. Costner has a daughter, who is only…

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POLITICAL MOVIES 2007

December 23 2007
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The amounts posted beside each film are the contributions the stars made to liberal campaigns. 1. The Good Shepherd – $203,000 Alec Baldwin, Matt Damon, Robert DeNiro 2. Happy Feet – $129,000 Robin Williams, Nicole Kidman 3. Night at the Museum – $116,000 Robin Williams, Ben Stiller 4. Reno 911! Miami – $100,000 Danny Devito…

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DARFUR NOW

November 2 2007
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One of the most important documentaries you will ever see. Click here to learn more.

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MICHAEL MOORE’S SICKO MISSES THE POINT

August 23 2007
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There is a scene in Sicko — Michael Moore’s controversial new film about U.S. health care – that proves Michael doesn’t get it. A mother is speaking about her 18-month-old daughter, Mychelle, who became ill one evening with vomiting, diarrhea, and a high fever. At the nearest emergency room, Mychelle is treated by a physician…

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POLITICAL FILM: TALK TO ME

July 16 2007
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This is an important film about Black culture. Ralph Waldo Greene, as Petey was called on his birth certificate, was a beloved figure in Washington’s African-American community from the late 1960s until his death from cancer in 1984. A radio D.J., nightclub comedian and television host, he put himself forward as a no-nonsense voice of…

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NINE MOVIE REVIEWS OF SICKO

July 9 2007
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The year’s most controversial political film. The New York Times. Please click here. Box office mojo Please click here Cinema Blend Please click here. Global Fault Line Please click here. Blog Critics Please click here. Truthdig Please click here. Rolling Stone Please click here. Political Affairs Please click here. Washington Post Please click here.

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CONSPIRACY THEORY OF POWER

July 8 2007
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CONSPIRACY THEORY OF POWER

Watching Politics neither endorses nor disagrees with the those who made this very powerful film. Quite long at 1 hour 56 minutes. Please just click on the little question mark icon to open the film.

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ISLAM UP IN ARMS ABOUT ANCIENT PERSIA

March 28 2007
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With the extraordinary ignorance we have come to expect of the Islamic world, Iranians are going berserk over the “unfair” treatment of Xerxes in the movie 300.     The movie is about the gallant stand of the 300 Greeks in the narrow pass  at Thermopylae against a horde of about 2 million Persians.  The Greeks held…

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LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA IS TERRIBLE

February 28 2007
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Military.com is not everyone’s cup of tea and it won’t shock readers of WP to find this review in it. “Letters from Iwo Jima,” director Clint Eastwood’s Japanese-language companion piece to “Flags of Our Fathers” has finally arrived out here in flyover country. Having seen “Flags” with its dark—and on occasion dishonest—depiction of the American…

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WAR MOVIES/CLINT EASTWOOD

February 19 2007
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Most movies exist only to entertain, and that is a legitimate function. Some aim higher. Some are works of art just as music, painting, and novels can be. Great movies are never just escapist fare. They move you deeply, they provoke you to think, and they teach you lessons about life. Some war movies are…

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AT THE BOX OFFICE

February 12 2007
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The top 10 money-making movies last week were: 1. The Messengers…..2. Because I Said So…..3. Epic Movie…..4. Night at Museum…..5. Smokin’ Aces 6. Stomp the Yard…..7. Dreamgirls…..8. Pan’s Labyrinth……9. Pursuit of Happyness (No typo here.] and 10. The Queen. The only one I saw was The Queen, a travesty and insult to ordinary people. Frankly,…

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POLITICAL MOVIES

February 9 2007
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Okay, so VERY few of these movies are political. Call me Ishmael; what do I care? But this list is fun and so are some of these movies. Make up your own list and compare. Here are the best movies of all time, ranked by “the critics”. I have no idea who they are. From…

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CLINT EASTWOOD

February 2 2007
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Clint Eastwood no longer rides silently into small western towns to take down the bad guys. Nowadays, he is one of the best film makers in the world. His recent movies about Iwo Jima need no introduction. Ian Buruma, a brilliant journalist whose work often appears in the NY Review of Books, has a review…

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REVIEWS OF FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS

October 23 2006
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Just good, plain folk add their opinions about the Clint Eastwood movie, Flags of Our Fathers and also weigh in on the “official” review by the NY Times. For those who want to read the review by the Times reviewer herself, just click here. Flags of Our Fathers READER RATING: (3.82 stars, 39 votes) [This…

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TORTURE/ THE INDEFENSIBLE LUST

October 9 2006
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One of the sickening aspects of torture is that it is debated. People trot out the 1948 UN Declaration against torture and also the Geneva Convention articles and wonder what they mean and how they should best be interpreted. The preposterous suggestion, even if not intended, is that torture is wrong because it violates international…

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