Tag Archives: U.S. Politics

Being There: Chance at the White House

LIFE IS A STATE OF MIND. The character of Chance in this movie, the last great one from both Peter Sellers and Hal Ashby, has entered popular culture over the years. As reality-show celebrity and billionaire Donald Trump entered the 2016 presidential race in the U.S., some political commentators made comparisons with Chance. After all, … Continue reading Being There: Chance at the White House

Waiting for the Black Flags Miniseries

In the PBS clip above, former CIA analysts Nada Bakos and Cynthia Storer talk about the “the sisterhood” that helped the U.S. military find and kill Osama bin Laden in 2011. Featured in the documentary Manhunt: The Search for bin Laden (2013), which premiered at Sundance and was subsequently distributed by HBO, this is a sisterhood waiting … Continue reading Waiting for the Black Flags Miniseries

Democrats Need to Learn How to Speak to Working Class Voters

What to make of the Democrats’ current situation? On the one hand, the Republicans can’t seem to get anything right. President Donald Trump spends most of his time at his golfing resorts, shows no interest in or knowledge about serious issues, is constantly mired in scandals (often caused by his own Twitter account) and suffers … Continue reading Democrats Need to Learn How to Speak to Working Class Voters

The Kennedys: After Camelot

Six years after The Kennedys came this follow-up, which focuses on Jacqueline Kennedy’s (Katie Holmes) life after the murder of her husband, as she falls in love with Greek shipping tycoon Ari Onassis (Alexander Siddig); and Ted Kennedy (Matthew Perry), who’s battling his own demons and the burden of being part of a family where you … Continue reading The Kennedys: After Camelot

We Need a Proper Movie About Allen Dulles

This clip shows former CIA director Allen Dulles returning to Washington in 1964 after a trip to Mississippi where he looked into the disappearance of three civil rights workers (a case that would later inspire the movie Mississippi Burning (1988)). This was not one of the legendary spymaster’s finest hours. Having been fired by President John … Continue reading We Need a Proper Movie About Allen Dulles

Taking on the Elephant (Not) in the Room

100 days of infamy have passed. President Donald Trump celebrated his lack of achievements last Saturday by going to Pennsylvania and hold a campaign rally for himself, the only thing that makes him happy besides his constant golf tours on taxpayers’ money. Pretending like he was leaving the “elite” behind in Washington, the delusional billionaire … Continue reading Taking on the Elephant (Not) in the Room

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