Author Topic: Top 5 Political Films  (Read 1737 times)

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Re: Top 5 Political Films
« Reply #10 on: December 12, 2009, 12:00:48 PM »

Just 5? 

In no order at the moment--

X--I watch this film about once a year. When I read Spike Lee was going to direct it, I was initially skeptical. But this film has to be one of the best films he's ever done.

Bloody Sunday--I love the Irish and this fllick about the Irish civil rights movement is incredible.

All the Presidents' Men -- creepy film that gets creepier as the years pass by....and, this,the last time the people could boast about real investigative journalism (vs main stream media)

Reds -- sends chills down spine just thinking about it. Reed's passion couldn't exist in today's kind of activism--he'd be killed or set up

The Insider--the rise of the corporatocracy. Corporations still hire their Pinkertons to protect profits (other whistleblower films: Silkwood, Norma Rae, China Syndrome, Rainmaker

Matewan--scabs & coal mines


Others I like and could be up there, too:  Syriana, Z, The wind that shakes the barley, Battle of Algiers, Bus 157, The Candidate, Manchurian Candidate (original), War Room, the Vernon Johns Story, King, Boycott, Missing, Taxi to the dark side....I'm sure there are more.

I've not seen The Deal or Street Fight; I'll find them. 
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Re: Top 5 Political Films
« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2009, 12:05:25 PM »

...and if I could put The West Wing here it would be #1 by the widest of margins.

Bloody Sunday is a great choice, too.
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Re: Top 5 Political Films
« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2009, 03:04:16 PM »
Well, in honor of the upcoming US election and my country's current election (I'm writing from Canada), how about the Top 5 Political Films?  Restrictions?  Just to narrow down the field, no documentaries...  The definition of political is open, but for me, doesn't necessarily have to be about a politician so much as politics in general...

My Top 5:

5. The Candidate (1972)  An obvious choice, but I think it still holds up.  Heard Redford was reprising the role for a sequel.... 

4. Nashville.  I don't think any other film encapsulates the seventies political climate better. 

3. Tanner '88/ Tanner on Tanner.  Altman again.  Kind of a cheat since it was made for HBO, but still... I think it is one of the sharpest political satires ever. 

2. Reds.  An epic romance about the birth of  American Communism.  Who would have thunk?

1. All the Presidents Men.  Yes, it is really a detective story when you get down to it, but a detective story where all the suspects are politicians.

There is a french version of this film, came out in 2007 I believe. I thought it was good but Ive not seen the original.

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Re: Top 5 Political Films
« Reply #13 on: August 23, 2017, 09:56:19 AM »
Bumping this up. I am sure someone will want to talk about Dinesh D'Souza's Obama documentary.
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« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2017, 03:51:17 PM »
I kinda want to watch it out of morbid curiosity. Like a quest to figure out how wrong one man can be.
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« Reply #15 on: August 24, 2017, 03:56:08 PM »
I kinda want to watch it out of morbid curiosity. Like a quest to figure out how wrong one man can be.

Turning on the news seems like a more effective way to do that.

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« Reply #16 on: August 24, 2017, 04:01:36 PM »
That's probably why I haven't sought it out!
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« Reply #17 on: August 25, 2017, 04:20:40 AM »
I kinda want to watch it out of morbid curiosity. Like a quest to figure out how wrong one man can be.

Turning on the news seems like a more effective way to do that.

Was going to answer this. Teproc beat me to it.
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