Politi-Flix

The ‘idiotbox’

Morning Glory
Starring Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Jeff Goldblum; Directed by Roger Mitchell
 
Love and Other Drugs
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Oliver Platt; Directed by Edward Zwick
 
Unstoppable
Starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pine, Rosario Dawson; Directed by Tony Scott
 

Fair moviemaking?

Fair Game
Starring Sean Penn, Naomi Watts; Directed by Doug Liman

In July 2003, Joseph C. Wilson wrote an op-ed in the New York Times (titled “What I Didn’t Find in Africa”) disputing the evidence used by the Bush Administration to justify the war against Iraq. The film Fair Game is about what led up to that op-ed, the fall-out from it, and how its publication affected him and his wife, Valarie Plame. To get a perspective on this film, The Colorado Statesman has agreed to publish an op-ed by Doug Young regarding Fair Game.

A mega-mindfully political parable

Megamind
A Dreamworks Animation 3-D film featuring the voices of Will Farrell, Tina Fey, Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, David Cross; Directed by Tom McGrath

Hey kids! Did you become annoyed with all of those nasty campaign commercials? Did you get sick of all the talk by grown-ups about this election and things like tea parties, Obamacare, the ugly 3, witches, and a power shift in Congress? Are you glad it’s all over? Well then, gather around and let me tell you a tale to help you get your mind off all that mudslinging, muckraking and machinations.

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain…

Hereafter
Starring Matt Damon, Bryce Dallas Howard, Cécile De France, Jay Mohr
Directed by Clint Eastwood

Educational Superfreaks

Waiting for ‘Superman’
A documentary about our troubled educational system and the need for reform; Directed by Davis Guggenheim
 
Freakonomics
A documentary applying economic theories to seemingly uneconomic human behaviors and societal issues; Directed by Alex Gibney, et al.
 
Jackass 3D
A documentary about being radically gross and stupid; Directed by Jeff Tremaine
 

An open secret

RED
Starring Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman,
Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, Karl Urban, Richard Dreyfuss,
Directed by Robert Schwentke

TOP SECRET
 
CODE NAME: RED

Revenge of the NERDS

The Social Network
Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Armie Hammer
Directed by David Fincher

Let Me In
Starring Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Moretz, Richard Jenkins
Directed by Matt Reeves

Catfish
Starring Yaniv Schulman, Megan Faccio
Directed by Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman

Surfing the Internet, Politi-Flix recently came upon this curious website:

Political cartoon animals

Alpha and Omega
 
Starring the voices of Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere, Dennis Hopper, Danny Glover, Christina Ricci
Directed by Anthony Bell and Ben Gluck

 
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
 
Starring the voices of Abbie Cornish, Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Helen Mirren
Directed by Zack Snyder

MORE of the Same

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Starring Michael Douglas, Shia LeBeouf, Carey Mulligan, Josh Brolin, Frank Langella, Eli Wallach, Susan Sarandon
Directed by Oliver Stone

This film scrolls along like a Stock Market ticker rolling across the bottom of your television screen when watching CNN or some other cable news channel. And like that ticker’s measurement of the up and down vacillations of the market, this film’s ticker similarly documents the film’s pluses and minuses as its running time unspools. Below are some tickers and their translations from various moments of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

Dogtooth is 'dogging' for your vote

Dogtooth
 
Starring Christos Stergioglou, Michele Valley, Aggeliki Papoulia, Mary Tsoni, Hristos Passalis, Anna Kalaizidou
Directed by Giorgos Lanthimos

 
My name is Dogtooth and I’m running at an art house theater near you. You may not have heard of me, or think that I have a chance to secure your funding support at the ticket counter, but I believe I am just as worthy of your consideration as any other filmic candidate vying for your time and attention this fall.