Tag Archives: International Politics

Madiba

FREEDOM IS FOR EVERYONE.  The world probably needed yet another retelling of Nelson Mandela’s life about as much as we need another Marvel movie, but if there’s a good story expect many different versions. This miniseries follows Mandela from childhood to presidency, but focuses perhaps more than other similar projects on how the South African … Continue reading Madiba

Battle of Algiers: Street by Street

THE REVOLT THAT STIRRED THE WORLD! Today, Saadi Yacef is a 90-year-old Algerian Senator. Back in 1954, he was a young man who joined the National Liberation Front, the FLN, a socialist movement that launched the Algerian War against the country’s French occupiers. The movement grew and finally in 1962 France signed the accords that … Continue reading Battle of Algiers: Street by Street

The Death of Stalin

EVERYBODY WANTS A PIECE.  Moscow, 1953; the sudden death of the all-powerful Joseph Stalin sets off a panic among those closest to him. Based on a French graphic novel, this comedy takes real-life events and turns them into an absurd, icy farce. Fans of the director’s TV shows (The Thick of It, Veep) and movie … Continue reading The Death of Stalin

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

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

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

Netanyahu May Be a New Begin… But There’s No Sadat

The clip above is quite remarkable. In September 1978, President Jimmy Carter of the United States, President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel emerged after an unexpected 13 days of negotiating at Camp David with a peace accord that still lasts. After fighting several wars, Egypt and Israel went into … Continue reading Netanyahu May Be a New Begin… But There’s No Sadat

The Square: Children of a Revolution

THE PEOPLE DEMAND THE DOWNFALL OF THE REGIME. Jehane Noujaim is an internationally renowned documentary filmmaker who years ago formed a professional relationship with D.A. Pennebaker and made Startup.com (2001), a film about the late 1990s Internet bubble. Her father is Egyptian and part of her childhood was spent in Cairo. Eventually, she moved to … Continue reading The Square: Children of a Revolution