Thursday, November 08, 2018
Thursday Movie Picks
For the 45th week of 2018 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer. The subject is political comedies as it’s something that is needed in this time of American turmoil with its politics as both Republicans and Democrats are both acting like assholes and morons. It’s an appropriate subject considering what is happening as here are my three picks:
1. Bob Roberts
Tim Robbins’ 1992 directorial debut is a witty satirical comedy that has Robbins play the titular character of a right-wing politician on a campaign run for the U.S. Senate as he’s also a folk singer hoping to get America back on track. Presented in a mockumentary-style, the film is an offbeat look into a campaign that has a man trying to present himself as a savior of America when he’s really just a big scumbag. Featuring an incredible ensemble that includes Alan Rickman as Roberts’ campaign chairman, Giancarlo Esposito as a reporter trying to expose Roberts, the trio of John Cusack, Susan Sarandon, and James Spader as news reporters, and Jack Black in his film debut as an overzealous supporter of Roberts.
From Warren Beatty comes probably one of the most underrated comedies of the 1990s that stars Beatty as a jaded senator who is on a race for re-election yet feels disillusioned with many aspects of his life where he would hire an assassin to kill him so that his daughter can collect the insurance money. Yet, things would change when he meets Halle Berry as an activist where he starts to tear down the many ideas of politics while exposing much of the corruptive elements that goes on in campaigning and on the job. It’s a film that is entertaining and filled with a lot of wit while Beatty displays humor in embracing hip-hop and African-American culture.
3. Head of State
From Chris Rock comes a film that was definitely ahead of its time considering that five years after its theatrical release, America would elect its first African-American president in Barack Obama. With Rock playing an alderman in Washington D.C. trying to help regular people, the film revolves a man suddenly becoming a last-minute replacement for a Democratic candidate who died in a crash as a way to lose the presidential election and get ready for the next one. Instead, Rock’s character starts to speak his mind about what Americans want and need as well as display a lot of the things that Americans should have. With an ensemble cast that include the late Bernie Mac, Dylan Baker, Lynn Whitfield, Tamala Jones, Nick Searcy, the late James Rebhorn, and Robin Givens as Rock’s former girlfriend trying to get back with him only to be pulled by security. It is a funny film that play into some of the absurdity of elections but also the kind of hope it can give if democracy works in favor of good.
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