Monthly Archives: December 2014

Getting Political: List for Dec. 21-27/14

Million Dollar Legs Fields Top Hat
Million Dollar Legs

Film has commented on the political since its earliest days, often with tongue in cheek. In 1918, Mack Sennett produced Yankee Doodle in Berlin, the story of a soldier who dressed up as a woman in order to learn secrets of the Kaiser and other German officials.That same year, Charlie Chaplin starred in and directed Shoulder Arms, about a doughboy who managed to capture the Kaiser (If only in his dreams).

Here is a list of other comic or satirical films with a political theme. This is not an all-inclusive list, and reader contributions are welcome.

1.  The Interview (2014) (Reviewed in Thinking Cinema 12/25/14)

2.  I’ll Never Heil Again (1941) (Article in Thinking Cinema 12/25/14)

3.  Man Hunt (1941) (Article in Thinking Cinema 12/25/14)

4.  The Great Dictator (1940) (Article in Thinking Cinema 12/25/14)

Million Dollar Legs Fields Dictating
Million Dollar Legs

5.  You Natzy Spy! (1940) (Article in Thinking Cinema 12/25/14)

6.   Team America: World Police (2004) (Thanks, Jose!)

7.   Wag The Dog (1997)

8.    Love and Death (1975)

9.    Bananas (1971)

10.    Duck Soup (1933)

11.   Million Dollar Legs (1932) (On YouTube)

Film Review: The Interview

  By this time, it seems superfluous to write a review of The Interview. People who want to see this film are going to see it regardless (and generally don’t care about the film’s quality). People who don’t want to see the film wouldn’t watch it if the New Yorker gave it a rave. It’sContinue Reading

Film Appreciation: The Interview, Circa 1940

There’s been a great deal of controversy lately about the James Franco/Seth Rogen film The Interview. You’ll hear claims it’s the first film that features an assassination attempt on the life of a leader in power. That it features political satire on an unprecedented level for film. Both claims are inaccurate. Here are four films,Continue Reading

Film Appreciation: On Golden Pond

You don’t have to be a classic film fan to enjoy On Golden Pond, but it helps. The film was a bit on the old-fashioned side during its original release at the end of 1981. It really seems out of date now. Even so, On Golden Pond features two tremendous performances and drop-jaw gorgeous NewContinue Reading

Film Review: Still Alice

Still Alice is the story of Alice Howland (Julianne Moore), a Columbia linguistics professor, and her struggle to cope with early-onset Alzheimer’s. As might be expected, her illness creates a seismic shift within her family. At the beginning of the film, Moore’s character seems to be the proverbial woman who has it all. She’s aContinue Reading

Film Appreciation: Poltergeist

Today Poltergeist (1982) is synonymous with the image of a TV with a fuzzy screen and a little girl’s voice chirping, “They’re here.” The film appears on any number of lists for best horror films, as well as the New York Times Top 1,000 Movies. To many people, the film is considered a classic ofContinue Reading

Film Review: The Babadook

A Horror Film For Non-Horror Fans Let me state this in terms plain and firm- I am not a fan of horror. I think there’s enough in life to scare you as is. However, I am a lifetime fan of gifted writers and filmmakers. Sometimes these artists choose to work in horror. Stephen King andContinue Reading

Week of December 7-13, 2014

  On Dec. 8, 2014, WIFV/Docs in Progress will host a documentation roundtable on Making A Living In A Fair Use World.  They will also host a holiday party on Dec. 12, 2014.  Details: www.docsinprogress.org