Time to Vote!
Just two weeks from today we will be heading to the polls to elect the next President of the United States, numerous members of Congress and many state and local officials. If you feel like you need a little break from the constant onslaught of campaign commercials and debates, be sure to check out some of the election themed and political movies that are available in our AV department.
About this time during a political campaign, my instinct is to watch a humorous political movie. Wag the Dog, featuring Dustin Hoffman is usually at the top of my list. When a sex scandal involving the President occurs just before the election, a fake war is concocted to divert the public’s attention. What ensues is not only hilarious, but a very insightful political commentary. Bulworth, starring Warren Beatty, is a California senator who decides to start speaking the truth during his re-election campaign, stunning both his opponents and his supporters. Tim Robbins portrays a conservative folk-singer running for the Senate in Bob Roberts, another favorite political satire. In Election, Tracy Flick, played by Reese Witherspoon, is running for high school student body president unopposed, when she suddenly finds herself being challenged by one of the most popular athletes in school. Based on a novel by Tom Perotta and directed by Alexander Payne, this film was nominated for an Academy Award for its screenplay.
For a more serious look at politics and elections, there are many excellent choices in our collection. The Ides of March, starring George Clooney and Ryan Gosling, concerns a political scandal during the presidential primaries that threatens the political career of the candidate. This film was nominated for many awards during last year’s movie awards season, and is a dark, yet very realistic look at politics in our country. Robert Redford is The Candidate in a story about a young idealistic lawyer running for the Senate during the Nixon era. Spencer Tracy plays a nominee for President in State of the Union, a classic, directed by Frank Capra and featuring Katherine Hepburn. The American President, with Michael Douglas and Annette Bening, is part drama, part romance, with Douglas playing a widowed President who becomes romantically involved with lobbyist Bening.
For an interesting, offbeat look at life on the campaign trail, Journeys with George is a documentary that follows George W. Bush as he campaigns for President in 2002. Directed and written by Alexandra Pelosi (daughter of Nancy Pelosi) this is a fun, behind the scenes look at one of the candidates involved in one of the most controversial elections of all time.
So before heading to the polls, relax, watch a movie and VOTE!