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Sat May 2, 2015, 10:09 PM

I'm in the mood to watch a good political movie....suggestions?

Just that kind of night.

I'm going to watch "Good Night and Good Luck"...What else sounds good?

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Reply I'm in the mood to watch a good political movie....suggestions? (Original post)
w8liftinglady May 2015 OP
Liberal_in_LA May 2015 #1
wheniwasincongress May 2015 #28
Liberal_in_LA May 2015 #44
tularetom May 2015 #2
DJ13 May 2015 #3
merrily May 2015 #60
99th_Monkey May 2015 #4
johnp3907 May 2015 #5
Atman May 2015 #6
B2G May 2015 #7
GGJohn May 2015 #8
cyberswede May 2015 #12
GGJohn May 2015 #17
longship May 2015 #41
salin May 2015 #9
salin May 2015 #10
TransitJohn May 2015 #11
AtomicKitten May 2015 #18
valerief May 2015 #33
ohheckyeah May 2015 #56
pinboy3niner May 2015 #65
Jamaal510 May 2015 #13
nationalize the fed May 2015 #14
zazen May 2015 #62
Joanie Baloney May 2015 #15
Jacoby365 May 2015 #32
valerief May 2015 #34
El Supremo May 2015 #16
Action_Patrol May 2015 #19
GGJohn May 2015 #21
Action_Patrol May 2015 #22
tblue37 May 2015 #52
haikugal May 2015 #20
Stallion May 2015 #23
wheniwasincongress May 2015 #24
wheniwasincongress May 2015 #25
ohheckyeah May 2015 #58
The Blue Flower May 2015 #26
longship May 2015 #27
Rod Beauvex May 2015 #29
appalachiablue May 2015 #40
calimary May 2015 #49
MannyGoldstein May 2015 #30
Jesus Malverde May 2015 #31
Depaysement May 2015 #35
rock May 2015 #36
SMC22307 May 2015 #37
Ex Lurker May 2015 #38
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applegrove May 2015 #42
Thirties Child May 2015 #43
MindPilot May 2015 #45
rainbobryte May 2015 #46
Stallion May 2015 #63
Warren DeMontague May 2015 #47
calimary May 2015 #48
JanMichael May 2015 #50
tblue37 May 2015 #51
sabrina 1 May 2015 #53
Tierra_y_Libertad May 2015 #54
John Poet May 2015 #55
A-Schwarzenegger May 2015 #57
tammywammy May 2015 #59
merrily May 2015 #61
lovemydog May 2015 #64
pinboy3niner May 2015 #66
KansDem May 2015 #67
Major Hogwash May 2015 #68

Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sat May 2, 2015, 10:10 PM

1. that one about Sarah Palin was good

 

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #1)

Sat May 2, 2015, 10:48 PM

28. Yes, "Game Change"

is great but they were too kind to Nicole Wallace in regards to her portrayal.

Love the scene where Julianne Moore as Palin watches Tina Fey as Palin, and it gets even deeper to imagine the real Palin watching Moore as herself watching Tina Fey play Moore as Palin. Deep, right?

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Response to wheniwasincongress (Reply #28)

Sun May 3, 2015, 12:01 AM

44. lol. really deep

 

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sat May 2, 2015, 10:11 PM

2. The original "House of Cards" - the BBC version

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sat May 2, 2015, 10:11 PM

3. Mr. Sanders Goes To Washington

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Response to DJ13 (Reply #3)

Sun May 3, 2015, 03:28 AM

60. +1 Love it.

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sat May 2, 2015, 10:12 PM

4. It's an oldie but Serpico is quite timey & well done. nt

 

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sat May 2, 2015, 10:13 PM

6. Dave

Light and fun.

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sat May 2, 2015, 10:13 PM

7. Primary Colors is always entertaining.

 

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Response to GGJohn (Reply #8)

Sat May 2, 2015, 10:19 PM

12. Great movie! nt

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Response to cyberswede (Reply #12)

Sat May 2, 2015, 10:23 PM

17. Yep, we were so close to war with the Soviets back then,

I was in Jr. High school at the time and I remember the duck and cover nuclear drills every day.

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Response to GGJohn (Reply #8)

Sat May 2, 2015, 11:28 PM

41. Based on info released after the Soviet Union fell.

Apparently Costner made this project as an important political project, and it was a very good one, especially in its historic accuracy. I mean other than the lame O 'Donnell family back plot and Costner's absolutely horrible Boston accent.

On the other hand, both Greenwood and Culp shine as the Kennedy brothers, as do the rest of the supporting cast.

One of my faves. Even though I lived through the Cuban Missile Crisis as a young teen and know the plot and outcome, this is still gripping drama.

Highly recommended, especially for Bruce Greenwood's JFK portrayal. And Culp's RFK ain't bad either.

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sat May 2, 2015, 10:17 PM

9. all the above are good. But I love: All The President's Men

Robert Redford - Dustin Hoffman - great suspense, and great exposure.

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sat May 2, 2015, 10:18 PM

11. Bulworth

My favorite.

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Response to TransitJohn (Reply #11)

Sat May 2, 2015, 10:24 PM

18. +1

 

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Response to TransitJohn (Reply #11)

Sat May 2, 2015, 11:00 PM

33. +1 also

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Response to TransitJohn (Reply #11)

Sun May 3, 2015, 01:17 AM

56. I just watched it.

Really good movie. Thanks for the recommendation.

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Response to TransitJohn (Reply #11)

Sun May 3, 2015, 04:56 AM

65. Nailed it

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sat May 2, 2015, 10:19 PM

13. My IR class has had a ton of decent movies

to watch this semester:

-Lord of the Flies
-Wag the Dog
-Independence Day
-Fatal Attraction
-The Truman Show
-East is East
-Wall-E
-The Hunger Games

While most of these may not seem political on the surface, some of their underlying messages are. For example, Hunger Games has a protagonist who is essentially an anarchist, while Wag the Dog subtly shows how the media influences public opinion.

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sat May 2, 2015, 10:20 PM

14. From the Veep guy Armando Ianucci

"In the Loop"

In the Loop is a 2009 British satirical black comedy directed by Armando Iannucci as a spin-off from the BBC Television series The Thick of It. The film satirizes Anglo-American politics in the 21st century and the Invasion of Iraq. It was nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

And if you're not watching Veep you're missing out on a lot of fun

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Response to nationalize the fed (Reply #14)

Sun May 3, 2015, 03:33 AM

62. _In The Loop_ is hands down best political satirical movie of all time

James Gandolfini, Tom Hollander, Gina McKee, Peter Capaldi--just brilliant


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1226774/quotes

"Linton Barwick: All right, Karen is not to know about this, huh? She is an excitable, yapping she-dog. Get a hold of those minutes. I have to correct the record.

Bob Adriano: We can do that?

Linton Barwick: Yes, we can. Those minutes are an aide-memoire for us. They should not be a reductive record of what happened to have been said, but they should be more a full record of what was intended to have been said. I think that's the more accurate version, don't you?"

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sat May 2, 2015, 10:20 PM

15. Parallax View

Warren Beatty as a reporter covering a U.S. Senator's death. Should be seen with tin foil hat firmly attached

Have fun!!!


-JB.

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Response to Joanie Baloney (Reply #15)

Sat May 2, 2015, 10:56 PM

32. An excellent movie!

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Response to Joanie Baloney (Reply #15)

Sat May 2, 2015, 11:01 PM

34. +1 also!

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sat May 2, 2015, 10:21 PM

16. All the Kings Men is still the best. n/m

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sat May 2, 2015, 10:25 PM

19. 3 days of the Condor

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Response to Action_Patrol (Reply #19)

Sat May 2, 2015, 10:25 PM

21. Another great Redford movie. eom.

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Response to GGJohn (Reply #21)

Sat May 2, 2015, 10:27 PM

22. It's perfect

And it was pretty amazing how big of fans the Russo Brothers are of it. It completely showed in their 'captain America: the winter soldier'

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Response to Action_Patrol (Reply #19)

Sun May 3, 2015, 12:58 AM

52. Loved that one! nt

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sat May 2, 2015, 10:25 PM

20. I'm watching The Conspirator

about the assassination of Lincoln and the trial of the conspirators. It is supposed to be true to the time and true to trial transcripts. Good acting. Doesn't preach but gives the particulars.

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sat May 2, 2015, 10:34 PM

23. Lincoln-One of the Great American Political Movies

appreciation for that movie increases every time I watch it. I think its almost more about politics than slavery. Or perhaps the victory over politics. You really gain an appreciation for how Lincoln masterfully achieved the greatest change in our history which might never have been accomplished except in that precise moment of history ie before the South could re-enter the Union and screw it up. Of course, traditional politics rolled back so much of those achievements once Lincoln was gone. But few American Presidents could have maneuvered around such great obstacles

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sat May 2, 2015, 10:41 PM

24. For comedies





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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sat May 2, 2015, 10:45 PM

25. Drama with President Jeff Bridges and repub Gary Oldman

and Joan Allen as The Contender for Vice President, an "out" atheist who has publicly said religion is made of "fairy tales" (as if! that would never happen but excellent movie anyways!)

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Response to wheniwasincongress (Reply #25)

Sun May 3, 2015, 01:20 AM

58. It's a great

movie. I've watched it a number of times.

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sat May 2, 2015, 10:47 PM

26. In the Loop and A Face in the Crowd

In the Loop is my new favorite. Face in the Crowd is a classic.

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sat May 2, 2015, 10:47 PM

27. "Z", directed by Costa-Gavras!

It won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 1969, and was also nominated for Best Film. Roger Ebert thought that it should have won both.

I recently watched this film again -- snagged the DVD by NetFlicks -- and watched it over and over again. Even though I had not seen it in decades, it is a powerful political statement about the Greek counter-revolution in the 60's. It is basically framed as an investigational procedural, but with incredible national repercussions.

The cast is astounding. The pace of the film builds to a frenetic finale. It is brilliant film making and an awesome political statement. I have not seen a better example including the other films mentioned here, "Thirteen Days" and "All the President's Men", both of which are also good. But "Z" leaves those in the dust.

Here's the Wiki: Z.

The absolutely consummate political film.

on edit, trailer, sorry, no subtitles on the trailer:


BTW, filmed in Algeria, French actors (except Greek Irene Pappas), dialog is French.

One of the best of the best.

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sat May 2, 2015, 10:52 PM

29. Not overly political....

But how about Network (1976)?

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Response to Rod Beauvex (Reply #29)

Sat May 2, 2015, 11:28 PM

40. Great one- 'Network' IS political. Ned Beatty's prescient speech was exact-

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #40)

Sun May 3, 2015, 12:45 AM

49. OH GOD! "Network"!!!! My all-time favorite movie EVER.

Too prescient. Just think - that was back in 1976. Staggering to watch again!!!

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sat May 2, 2015, 10:54 PM

30. Duck Soup. nt

 

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sat May 2, 2015, 10:54 PM

31. They live



It's a classic

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sat May 2, 2015, 11:04 PM

35. Pride is very good

. . . And recent,

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sat May 2, 2015, 11:04 PM

36. I liked "Zero Dark Thirty"

n/t

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sat May 2, 2015, 11:08 PM

37. Persepolis, Battle of Algiers, and Waltzing with Bashir.

Bulworth and All the President's Men were already taken.

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sat May 2, 2015, 11:13 PM

38. Advise and Consent and The Last Hurrah are both good if you want to go a little further back in time

NT

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sat May 2, 2015, 11:27 PM

39. Another Redford one

The Candidate.

For something a little lighter, maybe Dave or The American President.

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sat May 2, 2015, 11:59 PM

42. I always go to All The President's Men.

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2015, 12:01 AM

43. Dave

I watch it whenever I get depressed about what goes on in D.C.

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2015, 12:02 AM

45. Bob Roberts

 

A right-wing folk singer becomes a corrupt politician and runs a crooked election campaign. Only one independent muck-raking reporter is trying to stop him.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103850/?ref_=ttpl_pl_tt

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2015, 12:40 AM

46. Mr. Smith goes to Washington

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Response to rainbobryte (Reply #46)

Sun May 3, 2015, 04:22 AM

63. +1

nm

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2015, 12:43 AM

47. I'll second "Bob Roberts"

"be a clean-livin' man, with a rope in your hand"

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2015, 12:44 AM

48. "All the President's Men."

AMAZING movie. Especially because we all know how it ends. It's the PROCESS. Utterly FASCINATING!!! Heck, I wanna go watch it at this very moment!

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2015, 12:49 AM

50. probably too late for tonight but Reds is my favorite. nt

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2015, 12:56 AM

51. _The Seduction of Joe Tynan_ (1979) if you can find it (no easy task): Alan Alda, Meryl Streep, Julie Harris.

Alda is an idealistic young pol who works his way to a position of power, but in order to get there, he has to compromise and trade this for that, to the point where he has trapped himself and is so blocked on all sides that he can't do any of the good things he sought power to accomplish.

In the movie, Tynan falls into an affair with a campaign aide (Streep) despite genuinely loving his wife (Harris). But that situation is a red herring, only a superficial embodiment of the concept of his seduction, since it is his slide into political compromise and the abandonment of his ideals that is the real seduction the title refers to.

The Seduction of Joe Tynan is one of my favorite political movies.

Another possibility: If you have not yet seen Bulworth (1998, Warren Beatty & Halle Berry), I like that one, too.

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2015, 12:59 AM

53. 'The Men Who Crashed the World'

Excellent documentary on the lead up to the Global Crash in 2008.

The desperation as they tried to cover their crimes with King Henry, 'Mr Risk' the fox who was guarding the henhouse under Bush, by going to Congress to loot the tax payers to pay off their debt, and succeeding.

Will definitely raise your BP when you realize that they all got away with the biggest heist in history. With the loot.

Should be required viewing for all Americans.

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2015, 01:06 AM

54. Reds

 

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2015, 01:10 AM

55. Robert Redford as 'The Candidate'

 

is a favorite of mine.

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Response to John Poet (Reply #55)

Sun May 3, 2015, 01:20 AM

57. was just gonna post that!

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2015, 03:31 AM

61. Ides of March.

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2015, 04:30 AM

64. Bulworth

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2015, 05:00 AM

66. What's the one about the pod people?

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2015, 05:47 AM

67. "A Stranger in Town" (1943)

In the small town of Crown Port local attorney Bill Adams is trying to break up the ring of corrupt town officials by running for mayor. The cards seemed stacked against him when he gets help from a visiting hunter who, unknown to Adams and the rest of the town, is actually vacationing Supreme Court justice John Josephus Grant.
IMDB

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Response to w8liftinglady (Original post)

Sun May 3, 2015, 05:48 AM

68. The Wizard of Oz.

Starring --

Elizabeth Warren as Dorothy.
Sarah Palin as the Wicked Witch of the East.
Hillary Clinton as the Wicked Witch of the West.
Jimmy Carter as The Scarecrow.
Al Gore as the Tinman.
Bill Clinton as The Cowardly Lion.
Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly as the pair of apple trees in the Haunted Forest.
Howard Dean as the Mayor of Munchkinland.
Jon Stewart as the Coroner of Munchkinland.
Bill Maher as the Skeptic of Munchkinland.
Barack Obama as the Wizard.
Oh, and the driver of the cab at OZ drawn by "a horse of a different color" . . that's none other than Bernie Sanders!



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