If you’ve always loved TV shows like 24, The Guard, and West Wing, and get all geeked out over movies like Air Force One or even National Treasure, then this group’s for you.
What’s your favorite movie about government?
October 1, 2010 at 1:22 pm #112088
I know, I know – there are so many!A few of mine:– Air Force One (love how the Prez kicks some terrorist hiney)– Dave (normal guy becomes President…and a better one that the original!)– All of the Bourne filmsAnd here’s a a solid list: http://www.epinions.com/content_1496555652What are yours?
October 1, 2010 at 5:12 pm #112100
I love Air Force One, but my absolute favorite is The American President. Saw it for the first time when I was 9 years old and I fell in love with it. I’ve worn out 2 copies of it already!
January 29, 2011 at 5:12 am #112098
The Parallax View – the ultimate conspiracy movie
Idiocracy – how I often suspect the government actually works
1776 – I always thought John Adams would have been better liked if he sang and danced
Any of the Mission: Impossible films – if only our government intel agencies were that good…
And for jollies my fave Govie TV shows:
The Wild Wild West – now THERE was a secret service agent
That’s My Bush – a reality show by the folks that do “South Park”
Blackadder – an alternative history look at how the British government works
24 – pretty realistic look at how modern governments reward competency
The X Files – if half of this show was true, the world would be a far more interesting place
January 29, 2011 at 6:33 pm #112096
1. The Star Wars Universe – The classic story of the struggle against (really) bad government.
2. The Star Trek Universe – The Federation as government at its best.
3. Things to Come – Based on the H.G. Wells story. Interesting meditation on the good and bad aspects of progress.
4. Dr. Strangelove – A mad U.S. General sets up a sneak attack on the USSR.
5. Plan Nine from Outer Space – Government deals with an inept alien attack.
Like Peter, my favorite gov shows are TV series:
1. The Prisoner – watched this when I was young and it had a major influence on me.
3. The New Statesman – Rik Mayall plays a gleefully immoral and completely corrupt British MP.
January 29, 2011 at 9:36 pm #112094
Not much of a TV watcher but here are some of my favorite gov movies:
– All the President’s Men
– 3 Days of the Condor
– Traffic (war on drugs, immigration)
– Charlie Wilson’s War
– And I just saw “RED” last night…absolutely a great thrill ride…and with an Ernest Borgnine cameo as the “Records Keeper?” I highly recommend it for pure fun!
And how about documentaries? Here are some of mine:
– The Fog of War
– Standard Operating Procedure (yes, Morris is one of my favorite doc directors)
– Control Room
– Frontlines’ “Breaking the Bank” and “The Warning”
January 30, 2011 at 2:07 pm #112092
My attachment to satire makes me say “Wag the Dog” and “Bulworth”….
January 31, 2011 at 4:05 am #112090
Wow! Glad to see I’m not the only one who has heard of CALLAN! I actually have hunted down the novels by James Mitchell. The last one, BONFIRE NIGHT, published just before his death, was maddeningly rare, but I got an ex-library copy on Alibris. Intelligent, sophisticated stuff. The DVD’s I have of the show are British region 2. I hope the episodes that still exist make it to the US. Thanks for mentioning it!
BTW, I always felt that Robert McCall WAS a mature David Callan, atoning for all the wetwork he did in his youth. It’s a pity Russell Hunter (Lonely) never made a cameo appearance in The Equalizer.
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