Thursday, November 8, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #226: Political Comedy



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Political Comedy

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This week's theme is by Wendell. It is a tough one for me, I haven't watched that many political comedies so there were hardly any to pick from.

The Campaign (2012)
I saw this, but I don't remember a thing about it. So I'd say it is generally forgettable.

In the Loop (2009) 
One of my favourites. Filled to the brim with profanities but also hilarious.

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Very funny. Like In the Loop, this is a must watch and it has aged very well.
 
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10 comments:

  1. In the Loop seems to be the title of the week. Unfortunately I have yet to see it but I'll be rectifying that soon. The Campaign was okay but forgettable. Many love Dr. Strangelove more than I but I do think it is an insightful, trenchant film with a flock of great performances.

    Though I've used my favorite political comedy, Dave, before I've seen many others so this wasn't too tough. I also selected a film with Peter Sellers playing multiple roles.

    State of the Union (1948)-Successful businessman Grant Matthews (Spencer Tracy) is convinced to run for president by newspaper publisher Kay Thorndyke (23 year old Angela Lansbury believably playing a controlling 40ish shrew), his politically ambitious longtime girlfriend. At the instigation of his cynical campaign manager Spike McManus (Van Johnson), Grant and his long-estranged wife, Mary (Katharine Hepburn-who stepped in for Claudette Colbert at the last minute), attempt a reconciliation to increase his changes of a win. But when the idealistic Mary learns of Kay's behind-the-scenes role and sees how the campaign is changing Grant, it throws everything into turmoil. Frank Capra directed comedy/drama is one of Tracy & Hepburn’s best.

    The Mouse That Roared (1959)-The Duchy of Grand Fenwick, the world’s smallest country, decides that the only way to get out of their economic woes is to declare war on the United States, lose and accept foreign aid. But things do not go as planned and suddenly it seems they are going to be the victors! What to do now? Cold War satire with Peter Sellers in a trio of roles was followed by the sequel The Mouse on the Moon.

    Dick (1999)-Teenage airheads Betsy (Kirsten Dunst) and Arlene (Michelle Williams) accidentally stumble into the middle of the infamous Watergate robbery in 1976. Anxious to keep them quiet Nixon (Dan Hedaya) appoints them honorary dog walkers at the White House. While doing so their innocent actions start a chain of events that may eventually lead to Nixon's resignation as president of the United States.

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    1. I've seen Dick too but do not remember much.

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  2. In The Loop is the big one this week. I like Will Ferrell...his comedies are stupid but I laugh my ass off. Dr. Strangelove is one that I have to see still

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    1. In the Loop is great.

      Will Ferrell movies are hit or miss for me, as I'm not really into silly comedies.

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  3. We match with In The Loop! I don't remember much about The Campaign either. I have Dr. Strangelove on my Blind Spot list for next year.

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    1. Cool...look forward to what you think of it.

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  4. I almost picked Dr. Strangelove. What a brilliant film!

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  5. Wow, we have 2 matches! In the Loop is fantastic, and I also picked The Campaign. Good, stupid fun, that one. I've seen Dr. Strangelove several times, but it just doesn't click for me.

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    1. Dr Strangelove - it didn't click the first time I saw it, then completely did the second time.

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