Lazy Weekend: Widdershins goes to the movies
Posted August 15, 2015on:
Good Saturday to everyone! It’s certainly been an interesting week with all that has been happening in the political sphere. What with The Donald and his diarrhea of the mouth, Jeb Bush demonstrating that you’re never too young to have a senior moment, Marco Rubio stamping his little feet about “freedom fighters, and the like. So what I thought we might do is to take a look at politics from the entertainment point of view. Now, I do not mean entertainment by Congress being in session (they aren’t), but rather entertainment involving politics in movies, or “cinema” if you prefer. Doing a fairly quick google search I was able to come up with more than twenty movies that could be considered connected to “politics”. You don’t have to limit yourself to American politics, nor even this century.
So take a look at my selections and comment on them if you wish to or better still add to the list in the comments. Enjoy yourselves, this is a completely open thread.
I think we’re all familiar with this first clip. Definitely one of the best political films made.
I told you that you don’t have to confine yourself to this country or even this century.
Now we don’t have to be totally serious in considering political movies as this clip shows.
Sometimes we’ve had movies that show some of the inner workings of our government and most of the time it’s not pleasant as this movie from the 1960s shows. This movie was taken from the novel of the same name and I’m willing to bet it was required reading in DC at the time.
This next one may not be the greatest movie evah, but I certainly got some laughs out of it because of how close to the truth it came, and I’ll add the description of the movie here:
A suicidally disillusioned liberal politician puts a contract out on himself and takes the opportunity to be bluntly honest with his voters by affecting the rhythms and speech of hip-hop music and culture.
This next clip falls into the conspiracy theory genre and was made in 1972 also starring Warren Beaty.
Lastly, with things being the way they are, what list of political movies would leave this one out.
Warning: the clip does include some foul language and sexism, it includes Billy Bob Thornton.
Okay Widdershins, put your thinking caps on for just a little while and see what you can come up with. Remember we’re using the term politics very loosely. You could have the politics of race, gender, sexuality or anything else you can think of. Hope you have fun with it!
As I wrote up in the post, it’s a completely open thread.
And lastly, Happy Birthday Mother Dear. Still missing you.
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