Election season film club?
April 16, 2015 11:56 AM - Subscribe

I was thinking, it could be fun to watch movies about the US presidency/election craziness as a tangential escape from the news media juggernaut that goes on. Maybe even look back in fondness at a simpler time, a time before 24 hour coverage of a Chipotle visit. Would anyone else enjoy this?

Potential watch list (please suggest more!)

All the President's Men
Wag the Dog
Manchurian Candidate
Game Change
Primary Colors

We're still really far away from November 8th, so we could take this really slowly and do one a month, or postpone it for a while until it makes more sense. Thoughts?

Mostly I'll just take any excuse to watch Wag the Dog.
posted by phunniemee (12 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I love this idea.

Also want to suggest Bob Roberts.
posted by sweetkid at 12:34 PM on April 16, 2015 [1 favorite]

Great idea, with my 1-2 votes going with Wag the Dog and Bob Roberts to start. Those are all good suggestions, though.

(Nice to see you back, sweetkid.)
posted by Room 641-A at 2:34 PM on April 16, 2015 [1 favorite]

I'd probably be in for Dave and Wag the Dog (haven't seen this one).
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 2:47 PM on April 16, 2015

Love it (and throwing in a vote for the best-titled political movie ever made - Dick).
posted by Gin and Broadband at 11:30 PM on April 17, 2015


OK, so I'm thinking we pace this out really slowly, just like the real election season! We'll do 10 movies, one every other month until the election, starting with Wag the Dog because it's one of my all time favorite movies and it sounds like people want to watch it.

List (in no particular order):

All the President's Men
Wag the Dog
Manchurian Candidate (preference/thoughts on doing Sinatra vs Denzel?)
Game Change
Primary Colors
Bob Roberts
Dick (we'll watch this one after All the President's Men, do a nice little compare and contrast)

Still need two more, not that there's any rush.

I realized as I was making this list that I absolutely love this genre of movie. They hit that cynical patriot sweet spot in me.
posted by phunniemee at 7:34 AM on April 18, 2015 [2 favorites]

Add to that list The Candidate with Robert Redford.
posted by phunniemee at 7:48 AM on April 18, 2015 [1 favorite]

I don't know why I was thinking only of Presidential elections but we could add Bulworth. (Or even Election!) I think the original Manchurian Candidate would be a nice contrast to the more modern offerings.
posted by Room 641-A at 9:44 AM on April 18, 2015 [2 favorites]

The Best Man should be on the list. It's an overlooked gem. Plus, Henry Fonda.
posted by Thorzdad at 6:50 AM on April 20, 2015 [1 favorite]

What about Advise & Consent ?
posted by Gin and Broadband at 11:48 AM on April 21, 2015 [1 favorite]

Since election day is the first Tuesday after the first Monday, movies will be posted on first Mondays every other month. Starting today with Wag the Dog. Post is coming (very) soon. I'll put up a little calendar later. Hooray!
posted by phunniemee at 1:42 PM on May 4, 2015

If documentaries are OK, I vote for The War Room. (no pun intended)

Others to consider: The American President, A Face in the Crowd
posted by SisterHavana at 7:08 PM on May 22, 2015

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