Thursday, October 14, 2010

Hollywood Goes to Washington

The Honorable Rufus T. Firefly, President of Freedonia

Turn off your phone, unplug your t.v. and do not answer your doorbell. It's election season.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not advocating that you don't vote. The issues at stake in the upcoming elections are as serious as they have ever been, and I encourage everyone to exercise their constitutional privilege.

What I'm against are the so-called political campaigns. The issues are never discussed. Instead, we get a media barrage of name-calling and untruths. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent trying to confuse, distract and obfuscate.

Well, if I'm going to be lied to, I'd rather pay $10 and go to the movies. Or better yet, go to the library and borrow some movies for absolutely nothing. Plus, the actors who play the politicians are much more handsome.

Here's a list of some of my favorite movies featuring elections, campaigns and presidencies. None of them will call you on the phone, stuff up your mailbox and invade your television. And they're all free at the Des Plaines Public Library.

Comedies: Bulworth, Dave, Duck Soup, Primary Colors and Wag the Dog.

Dramas: All the King's Men, Frost/Nixon, JFK, The Manchurian Candidate (both versions), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Nixon, and Thirteen Days.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I really liked Bobby (2006, directed by Emilio Estevez) - and was a little surprised by that fact - but it captured an at once hopeful and doomed generation "feel", with a wonderful, diverse cast, including Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Fishburne, David Krumholz, many more.

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