Tag Archives: International Politics

One Week with Trump: Enough Already

Last night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards was full of impassioned, political speeches defying the despotic new President of the United States and the havoc he has wreaked the past week. Just watch the amazing clip above where the Stranger Things cast have gathered to accept the award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama … Continue reading One Week with Trump: Enough Already

We Need Satire Now More Than Ever

The first Saturday Night Live after the U.S. presidential election was a sad affair, and perhaps it was fitting to combine the grief after Leonard Cohen’s passing and the post-election shock, as Kate McKinnon performed a version of “Hallelujah” in the guise of Hillary Clinton. I remember film critic Matt Zoller Seitz tweeting two days after the … Continue reading We Need Satire Now More Than Ever

Andrzej Wajda, 1926-2016

In the clip above, from the 2000 Oscars, Jane Fonda presents Polish director Andrzej Wajda with his honorary Oscar. One of the great filmmakers and the key figure in the so-called “Polish Film School”, Wajda passed away today at the age of 90. Modern audiences may recognize Wajda’s name from Katyn (2007), the powerful film that portrayed … Continue reading Andrzej Wajda, 1926-2016

Abbas Kiarostami, the Face of Iran

Four days ago we lost Abbas Kiarostami, who died in Paris at the age of 76 after battling cancer. The Iranian director may not be terribly known to most people, but cineastes all over the world mourned his passing. And his story is well worth telling. In the clip above, an interview with Kiarostami in … Continue reading Abbas Kiarostami, the Face of Iran

Britain Goes to Hell – But Good News from America

  A photo posted by Dan Stevens (@thatdanstevens) on Jun 24, 2016 at 4:38am PDT It’s been a terrible week in politics, as Prime Minister David Cameron’s idiotic gamble to stop right-wing voters from abandoning his party went spectacularly wrong. He’ll now go down in history as one of the dumbest British leaders ever, responsible … Continue reading Britain Goes to Hell – But Good News from America

The Three Challenges of the Orlando Attack

Last night, Trevor Noah returned to The Daily Show to say something that is sadly familiar. The ritual of being shocked by another mass murder, mourning, changing our profile pics on Facebook and then moving on is what we do now. After all, mass murders happen more or less every day in America now, and elsewhere. … Continue reading The Three Challenges of the Orlando Attack

Actors Choosing on Brexit

Politics is often hard, especially for those of us who frequently find ourselves in the center. There have been numerous moments throughout history, in different countries, where a decision to turn left or right may be the only sane choice. The most stable governments on this planet find a balance that tries to borrow the best … Continue reading Actors Choosing on Brexit

Look Who’s Back

A MERCILESS SATIRE. Adolf Hitler (Oliver Masucci) is suddenly transported to modern-day Berlin; discovered by a documentary filmmaker (Fabian Busch), the dictator is destined for a TV show. In the hands of director David Wnendt, Timur Vermes’s much talked-about satirical novel shares resemblances with Borat (2006), as many of ”Hitler’s” encounters with ordinary Germans aren’t … Continue reading Look Who’s Back

Three Candidates Are Worthy of Winning Eurovision Song Contest

Eurovision Song Contest is on right now, this year hosted by Stockholm since Sweden won last year. For the first time ever, the show is broadcast in the U.S., which prompted GQ Magazine to post the following: A very relevant question. Eurovision Song Contest, which airs right now on Logo Network, is a cheesy European annual TV … Continue reading Three Candidates Are Worthy of Winning Eurovision Song Contest

Our Brand is Crisis

MAY THE BEST CAMPAIGN WIN.  Legendary political consultant Jane Bodine (Sandra Bullock) reluctantly agrees to assist the failing campaign of an unlikable presidential contender in Bolivia. A comedy-drama based on the 2005 documentary of the same title that followed James Carville’s involvement in Bolivian politics. A fictionalized version of him is amusingly played by Billy … Continue reading Our Brand is Crisis

The Moral Decline of Poland, Hungary – and America?

On February 25th, the Polish national broadcaster TVP aired something they should have been proud of – the film Ida (2014), which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. But they were not proud. Instead they chose to attack it by beginning the broadcast with a ridiculous 12-minute introduction that stated the film only won an … Continue reading The Moral Decline of Poland, Hungary – and America?

Where to Invade Next

PREPARE TO BE LIBERATED. The director’s Sicko (2007) explored the problems with the American healthcare system and looked abroad to see how differently other countries took care of their people. This documentary continues in the same way, with Michael Moore leading a military-style charge toward Europe and North Africa, “invading” countries like Norway, Tunisia, Germany, … Continue reading Where to Invade Next