Tag Archives: U.S. Politics

I Am Not Your Negro

In the 1970s, the American writer James Baldwin gathered notes and letters for a manuscript called ”Remember This House”, but it was never finished. This documentary was based on it, with Samuel L. Jackson reading the notes as the voice of Baldwin. He’s a hypnotic presence throughout. If you’re not familiar with Baldwin this is … Continue reading I Am Not Your Negro

The Post: Birth of a National Newspaper

Steven Spielberg felt an urgency. At a time when the United States had elected a president who made it one of his top priorities to attack the free press, to label any newspaper or TV network that had any kind of critical coverage of his administration ”fake news”, we needed a movie that stood by … Continue reading The Post: Birth of a National Newspaper

Primary Colors: All the Governor’s Men

HOW MUCH SPIN DOES IT TAKE TO WIN? In 1996, the novel ”Primary Colors” was published, a roman à clef depicting then-Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, with a Southern governor called Jack Stanton standing in for Clinton. The author was anonymous, but considering the insight into the campaign it had to be someone… … Continue reading Primary Colors: All the Governor’s Men

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

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

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