Tag Archives: U.S. Politics

Trumped: Inside the Greatest Political Upset of All Time

HOW HE GRABBED AMERICA BY THE VOTE. After Mark Halperin and John Heilemann spent months and months covering the 2016 presidential election for the Showtime series The Circus, this summary in the shape of a documentary feature was quickly assembled. The amount of footage is overwhelming, but the filmmakers focus on the winner, Donald Trump, … Continue reading Trumped: Inside the Greatest Political Upset of All Time

Thirteen Days

YOU’LL NEVER BELIEVE HOW CLOSE WE CAME.  In October 1962, White House advisor Kenneth O’Donnell (Kevin Costner) becomes a witness to how President John F. Kennedy (Bruce Greenwood) challenges a Soviet decision to put missiles in Cuba capable of delivering a nuclear strike on the U.S. The ultimate screen portrait of the Cuban missile crisis … Continue reading Thirteen Days

13th: Birth of a Scheme

FROM SLAVE TO CRIMINAL WITH ONE AMENDMENT.  A documentary that uses the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, the one that abolished slavery, as a starting point for a discussion of how African-Americans are still subjected to racial injustice in the United States, may look on paper like a concern mainly for what conservatives would call … Continue reading 13th: Birth of a Scheme

Jackie: After Dealey Plaza

I WANT THEM TO SEE WHAT THEY HAVE DONE TO JACK.  Chilean director Pablo Larraín was about to make his first American film, but had doubts. He had been offered a biopic about Jackie Kennedy, but didn’t know anything about the Kennedys and the assassination other than what he (and we) had read in newspapers … Continue reading Jackie: After Dealey Plaza

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

Donald Trump (or Bane) Takes the Oath

As Donald Trump was about to be sworn in as the nation’s 45th president, Netflix premiered their first trailer for the upcoming season of House of Cards. Relentlessly pessimistic, it likely captures the mood of the civilized world and the majority of American voters who did not choose for this nightmare to descend on their country. … Continue reading Donald Trump (or Bane) Takes the Oath

What the 1948 Election Teaches Us About Trump’s Victory

When I was in Key West almost a year ago, I visited Harry Truman’s so-called Little White House, his winter residence in Florida, which is now a museum. I bought a book there, Zachary Karabell’s “The Last Campaign”. Published in 2000, parts of it made me think it might as well have been 1960 considering … Continue reading What the 1948 Election Teaches Us About Trump’s Victory

Amazing Grace, Dad Jeans and Roasting Trump: 8 Years of Obama

On January 20th, President Barack Obama will hand over the White House to the most undignified, undeserving person we could ever imagine. Before we take the leap into the horrifying era of Trump, the time has come to remember Obama’s presidency. This is primarily a movie blog, so let’s do it in clips. This is … Continue reading Amazing Grace, Dad Jeans and Roasting Trump: 8 Years of Obama

Will Donald Trump Take James Buchanan’s Place?

The Trump transition grinds on, taking breaks only for the President-elect’s insane Twitter rants, reflecting not only his dangerously unstable mind but also his devious attempts to undermine critics and journalists, directing attention away from the many complex problems with his coming administration (some of which are explained by Seth Meyers above). Today was an excellent example, … Continue reading Will Donald Trump Take James Buchanan’s Place?

Trump Having Fun with “Hamilton”

Alec Baldwin was back as Donald Trump in last night’s Saturday Night Live, playing the infantile billionaire as utterly lost and terrified as he’s trying to get a grip on his transition to the White House. Pretty amusing, if the real-life situation wasn’t so sad, but I enjoyed Kate McKinnon even more as Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s … Continue reading Trump Having Fun with “Hamilton”

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