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Celebrate Election Day With A Political Movie

Need ideas for how to fill the hours until election returns come in? Try a political movie — Forum listeners joined film critics Leonard Maltin and Peter Ranier in discussing the political films at the top of their tickets, er, rather Netflix queue.

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The Classics:
Do Duck Soup and A Face in the Crowd count? Two of my favorite movies of all time.Shiloh Ackley
All the President’s Men. It plays like a mystery.Lori Tebbe Rees
I grew up with Leonard’s Movie Guide in the 70s.Has to be the The Manchurian Candidate just for it’s shock value, and an evil Jessica Fletcher.Jon Rendell
Chinatown. Still matters. Nothing has changed.Ramin Khayatpoor
The Dark Horses:
Primary Colors, starring John Travolta. To quote Roger Ebert, the movie was "insightful and very wise about the realities of political life."Steve Forney
How about Mike Judge’s ‘Idiocracy’? Best president ever!Chuck Whelon
@kqedforum Don’t forget Eddie Murphy as "The Distinguished Gentleman"! As a crook and con-man he fits right in on Capitol HillLike Minded People.
@KQEDForum "My Fellow Americans" with Matthau/Lemon is my fave. Giaimo
Hey Girl, Ryan Gosling Wants You to Watch These Movies:
Ides of March. Compelling, entertaining, well crafted. I liked it so much, I watched it twice back to back so I could enjoy it with my partner. Sean Vogt
@KQEDForum "In The Loop" hilariously vulgar and shows the dirty underbelly of political alliance around the Iraq warStas
@kqedforum Frost/Nixon is great as you get to see the uncomfortable crumbling of a presidency!ChafedCankles
"Please Vote for Me," a documentary about a electing a class president in an elementary school in China.Mark Jen
You can listen to the complete show with Leonard Maltin and the Christian Science Monitor’s Peter Rainier here

Leonard Maltin, film critic, historian and editor of "Leonard Maltin's 2013 Movie Guide"
Peter Rainer, film critic for the Christian Science Monitor and KPCC

  • CyberSkull

    Dr. Strangelove is my favorite political film. It goes to the logical extreme of paranoia politics.

    • CyberSkull

      I forgot about The Candidate. Good movie.

  • One of the most thought provoking – IMO – is Hal Ashby’s “Being There” with Peter Sellers…

    • CyberSkull

      I haven’t gotten around to seeing that yet.

  • The original Manchurian Candidate is terrific. Great cast, great performances. Bad timing: it was released right before JFK was assassinated.

  • The War Room is excellent.

  • Warner

    Nashville by robert altman. A sophisticated portrait of a political campaign with all its warts, manipulation and public ignorance. As current today as it was during the US bicentenial.

  • Mitch Harris

    I tuned in rather late, but Bob Roberts was a pretty impressive (and impressively frightening) political film I enjoyed a lot. Featured an early appearance by Jack Black as well.

  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington!

  • A.A.

    I was entertained by the recent “Ides of March” with Ryan Gosling and a very frightening George Clooney.

  • Guest

    Have your guests already discussed the 1992 film Bob Roberts? It’s been a while, but I remember it being both hilarious and terrifying.

  • Don’t know if you mentioned Manchurian Canidate before I tuned in. Angela Lansbury was awesome as the manipulative handler. I heard Frank Sinatra tried to block the movie later.

  • what movie was the “honest president” clip from? something like, “we came here, took a lot of pictures, said we would do something and forgot about it”? I’d love to check it out, but missed the intro to the clip and have no idea what it’s from

  • Not my all-time fave poli flick but was “Power” w/ Richard Gere mentioned?

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