Movie reviews of popular politically-driven films that portray the good, bad and ugly of government happenings.
The Swamp’ Review: An HBO Documentary About Three ‘Drain the Swamp!’ Republicans Who Can’t See Their Own Swamp
If you want to meet a Republican politician who’s the ultimate poster boy for shameless apple-polishing — the kind of eager conservative loyalist who would crawl across broken glass to shine Donald Trump’s shoes — you should watch “The Swamp,” the new HBO documentary, and get a load of Matt Gaetz, a congressman from Florida who got swept into the U.S. House of Representatives by the Trump tidal wave.
Contextualizing Terror: Why 102 Minutes That Changed America's Footage is Morally Acceptable
This is an essay that I wrote for a film class in high school last year about the History documentary 102 Minutes that Changed America. The essay as a whole summarizes my opinions on the importance of archival footage, documentary filmmaking, historical preservation and education, and filmmaking as a medium. Unfortunately, 102 Minutes is a rare documentary and its DVD is currently out of print. There are still DVDs available on Amazon if you're curious about the documentary, but I hope that someday the documentary will be accessible for a wide audience again.
Birth of a Nation (1915) - KKK and the American Experience
A century after its release, Birth of a Nation continues being one of the most influential cinematic pieces in American history. Directly responsible for the rebirth of the Ku Klux Klan, this film gives insight into the imaginary world of Confederate heroism and the racism that runs rampant in the American psyche. Our 2016 Presidential election ushered in a newfound sense of ethnic nationalism as Donald Trump prodded a resurrection of alt-right ideology sweeping across the country. The themes of white supremacy and racial prejudice are as relevant today as they were during the film’s release in 1915, evidenced by Grand Wizard and former Louisiana Representative David Duke admitting to using the film to recruit new members into the Klan. Guided by a historical analysis of American social realities and a psychoanalytic framework, Birth of a Nation is an invaluable tool for understanding the nuisances of the American experience.
Snowden(2016) Movie Review
In the event that Edward Snowden didn't exist, Oliver Stone may have concocted him. One can envision a Stone film about a previous worker of the U.S. government who gets baffled with his country when he learns the profundity of its misleading. Truth be told, that last sentence could depict a couple of Stone movies, thus "Snowden" has been generally foreseen as a re-visitation of structure for the head of show-stoppers like "Unit," "JFK" and "Brought into the world on the Fourth of July." It's his first film in quite a while and his first with a genuine story behind it in just about 10 years ("W.").
Movie Review: 'The Mauritanian'
While it has slipped from the American public consciousness, the international community will likely not soon forget what America did at so-called ‘Black Sites’ around the globe and at the well known island prison of Guantanamo Bay. Many of us would like to put this memory out of our minds and pretend like it was not important. Movies like the new legal drama The Mauritanian refuse to allow that to happen.
Incredible Documentaries To Watch If You Liked A Life On Our Planet
David Attenborough’s A Life On Our Planet, one of the most talked-about documentaries, is a living reference of a historian who has seen the planet. The film was released on 4 October 2020 on Netflix alongside the book of the same name.
Socialism, Revolution and Foreign Policy: A Black Panther Analysis
Black Panther is one of the greatest comic book movies ever made. The film is rich with visual style, overflowing with culture, and completely immersive into a literally unseen world. This analysis of the film is somewhat spoiler-laden, assuming that the reader has seen the film and understands the plot. This analysis is more focused on the ideas, symbolism, themes, and philosophies in the movie. The YouTube channel Wisecrack has already explored some of the ideas in the film, and this analysis is an attempt to explore them further, build upon them, and explore other ideas that Wisecrack did not cover.
In this article, we will be looking at 2019’s book “1001 Movies to See Before You Die” and going through each film in a random order that I have chosen. We will be looking at what constitutes this film to be on the list and whether I think this film deserves to be here at all. I want to make perfectly clear that I won’t be revealing details from this book such as analyses by film reporters who have written about the film in question, so if you want the book itself you’ll have to buy it. But I will be covering the book’s suggestions on which films should be your top priority. I wouldn’t doubt for a second that everyone reading this article has probably watched many of these movies anyway. But we are just here to have a bit of fun. We’re going to not just look at whether it should be on this list but we’re also going to look at why the film has such a legacy at all. Remember, this is the 2019 version of the book and so, films like “Joker” will not be featured in this book and any film that came out in 2020 (and if we get there, in 2021). So strap in and if you have your own suggestions then don’t hesitate to email me using the address in my bio. Let’s get on with it then.
Review of 'Borat 2 (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm)'
My wife and I just saw Borat 2 aka Borat Subsequent Moviefilm on Amazon Prime Video. As with the first Borat movie in 2006, it was at turns and sometimes all together (and altogether) hilarious, horrifying, over the top, sobering, and vulgar. And there's the already infamous Rudy Giuliani scene near the end.
Review of 'The Trial of the Chicago Seven'
My wife and I saw The Trial of the Chicago Seven on Netflix on Saturday. Having lived through the real trial of the Chicago Seven (originally Eight) in 1969-1970, we thought there was a little too much fiction in this docu-drama to be 100% successful and effective. Nonetheless, it was powerful viewing.
Movie Review: 'The Trial of the Chicago 7'
The Trial of the Chicago 7 has been in development for 12 years. Steven Speilberg originated the idea and recruited writer Aaron Sorkin to write a screenplay that would capture the chaos, turmoil and excitement behind one of the many so-called ‘Trial of the Century.’ In 1968 a group of Left Wing Activists were put on trial, accused of deliberately starting riots at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. The subsequent trial was a tyrannical farce that could be adapted into a dozen different movies. That Sorkin has distilled the trial to the most essential, and essentially entertaining elements makes the achievement of The Trial of the Chicago 7 so impressive.
Short Film Reviews: Black Lives Matter
As you've all likely heard by this point, a grand jury has decided against bringing charges against the officers responsible for the shooting death of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor. Of the officers involved (Brett Hankison, Jonathan Mattingly, and Myles Cosgrove), only Hankison will be facing charges--and those charges are limited to first-degree wanton endangerment for the bullets that went into the neighboring apartment. In other words, none of the officers involved in Taylor's death will be facing homicide charges. With this tragedy being only one of a number of police-related homicides against Black individuals (other victims include George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery), this unbelievably lenient decision has sparked plenty of outrage.