Tag Archives: U.S. Politics

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

Michael Moore in TrumpLand

Michael Moore usually takes his time getting a movie into theaters, but this one was a surprise release just a few weeks before the presidential election where voters decided between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. It’s essentially a standup performance (or sermon) taped in October over two nights in Wilmington, Ohio before an audience said … Continue reading Michael Moore in TrumpLand

All the Way

POLITICS IS WAR. Shortly after swearing the oath in November 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson (Bryan Cranston) begins the struggle to get the Civil Rights Act passed, trying to please both Dixiecrats and African-American voters. Recount and Game Change director Jay Roach was the right person to bring the successful play to television. In spite … Continue reading All the Way

Confirmation

IT ONLY TAKES ONE VOICE TO CHANGE HISTORY. In 1991, President Bush nominates Clarence Thomas (Wendell Pierce) for the Supreme Court, but a law professor (Kerry Washington) steps forward, claiming that Thomas sexually harassed her. The Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas controversy is an epic he said-she said story where we still don’t know which one of … Continue reading Confirmation

Woodrow Wilson 100 Years Ago

I’ve just finished reading “Wilson”, A. Scott Berg’s biography of the 28th President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson. A life-long dream of Berg’s, the ambition was not to create a biography that ran several volumes, but a “page-turner”. I believe that he succeeded. After having read the 700-page tome, I feel somewhat exhausted but … Continue reading Woodrow Wilson 100 Years Ago

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

All the King’s Men: A Populist Menace

HE MIGHT HAVE BEEN A PRETTY GOOD GUY… IF TOO MUCH POWER… AND WOMEN… HADN’T GONE TO HIS HEAD! In other reviews I’ve previously used the example of John Wayne at his most reactionary. Well, this is no exception. He was considered for the lead role in this movie but was so offended by the script … Continue reading All the King’s Men: A Populist Menace

Best of Enemies: The Original Crossfire

BUCKLEY VS. VIDAL. 2 MEN. 10 DEBATES. TELEVISION WOULD NEVER BE THE SAME. I’m writing this review in the midst of Donald Trump’s campaign for the U.S. presidency. What started as an empty circus act, cherished by angry rightwing voters who feel left out, has turned into something threatening. Not once through his nasty campaign … Continue reading Best of Enemies: The Original Crossfire

Washington’s Presidency on TV

I recently finished reading “Washington’s Circle: The Creation of the President”, an engrossing chronicle of George Washington’s two terms as the first president of the United States. Written by David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler, the book follows not only Washington but those who mattered the most to him as president during those years, … Continue reading Washington’s Presidency on TV

Show Me a Hero: American Skin

HOW DOES A POLITICIAN KNOW HE’S DOING THE RIGHT THING? WE MAKE HIM PAY. This miniseries is not like binge-watching a new season of House of Cards. It takes some effort. A co-worker of mine saw the first episode and gave up, but that’s normal. No one wants to see more after the first episode. … Continue reading Show Me a Hero: American Skin

10 Hollywood Icons and Their Political Awakening

A few days ago, I finished Steven J. Ross’s book “Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics”, where the writer has profiled the political careers of ten liberal and conservative Hollywood figures. He chose his subjects well, because they differ a lot from each other. Some of them were movement politicians, meaning they … Continue reading 10 Hollywood Icons and Their Political Awakening