Politi-Flix

Cine itself

Life Itself

A documentary about the life, and death, of film critic Roger Ebert; directed by Steve James (Hoop Dreams).

No money influenced this column’s opinions (wink, wink)

Citizen Koch

A documentary about the influence of the Koch brothers’ money on politics during the emergence of the tea party movement with special attention on the Citizens United decision and the labor union dispute in Wisconsin under Governor Scott Walker; directed by Carl Deal and Tia Lessin.

How to write about 22 sequels

22 Jump Street
Starring Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Ice Cube, Wyatt Russell, Amber Stevens; directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

How to Train Your Dragon 2
Starring the voices of Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, Djimon Hounsou, America Ferrera; directed by Dean DeBlois

First, well duh, mention that these are in fact sequels. That’s right, when a movie becomes a hit, it must be replicated, which means that the writing about it must be replicated as well.

In the Cannes “can do” candidate catalogue

In addition to the piles of material designed to attract the attention of investors, distributors and critics about the multitude of films available at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (at the market and the awards competition) was an eye-catching little instruction manual.

Skin tingling skin crawler

Under the Skin


Starring Scarlett Johansson; directed by Jonathan Glazer

I saw this strange movie the other night.

Strange and yet hypnotically alluring.

It was spare and not much happened.

Actually, more happens than appears on the surface.

Or, I should say, some blasé things happened and then some baffling things happened.

WWDD (What would Democrats do)


From the Book of Democrat, Chapters 6-12

Chapter 6: Noah Cometh

6:1: And the Democrats said, “Let there be enlightened public policies.”
 

We know the unknown


TOP
SECRET 
MEMORANDUM
 
To: Colorado Republicans

From: Unknown Knowers

Date: April 12, 2014

Re: The Unknown Known, a documentary of former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld

Artistic tragedy

I have been devastated by the recent cinematic news.

Indeed, the movie world has been reeling this past week, stunned by the recurring revelations.


It’s especially unsettling as I have essentially ignored the alleged personal transgressions of this cinematic artist for about 20 years. In essence, there was a public disclosure in the early 1990s that was largely forgotten until this past week when it tragically surfaced again and has been widely discussed. In between, this artist has been widely praised for his work, having been nominated many times for Academy Awards and even having his name read when the envelope was torn open.

The T-Her-ning test

Her

Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara; directed by Spike Jonze,


Which one of these represents the authentic Politi-Flix reaction to this film? It’s a cinch. Just select the one with responses generated by an actual human being instead of the others, which were generated by a computer — an artificial intelligence composed of electronic circuits, algorithms and response parameters.

The Politi-Felix©: Recalling 2013

Oscar© has announced a slate of candidates he is running for the cinematic election that will be held on March 2, 2014. This date was moved up as there was controversy surrounding the previous date as well as emerging conflicts surrounding the dates of other award elections.


Oscar©’s ballot clearly represents the standard filmic party system, as the choices he has nominated for top honors are unsurprisingly typical. Oscar© has a narrow range of tastes that constrains what he is comfortable nominating and picking, which can be defined as conservative, safe and what he considers “Oscar©-worthy,” which is another way of saying he knows it when he sees it. It sure doesn’t leave room for the risky, experimental and progressive.