Thank God the close of this election is drawing near. This has been one the most absurd political races this country has ever faced. Insanely divisive, comical, full of accusations and innuendo, you can’t make this stuff up! Seriously! Whether you lean right or left, or fall softly in the middle of the spectrum, no one is safe from the Facebook memes that have apparently gained validity – in an election that literally has us staring up in the air, and off in the distance, beyond the stars and the infinite blackness, where we can see a vague glimmer of where rock bottom once was – before we burrowed through that pile of manure weeks ago. Yes folks, we have gone so far below zero there is no redemption that remains. Since this campaign will go down in history, and is a sure fire bet for political satire filmmaking to capitalize on, we here at Bro Knows have decided to give some actual fiction. Yes, we bring to you the top 5 politically charged films, to coincide with an election that is surely stranger than fiction.
The ultimate political satire that follows a high school presidential race between a bullheaded jock and an astute know it all. This is an incredibly subversive dry comedy, that hits all of the nuances we have seen in this years real life campaign. With unbelievable performances from Matthew Broderick and a young Reese Witherspoon, Election is the quintessential political intrigue dark comedy, laced with innuendo and absurdity, yet grounded in reality.
It’s difficult to mention any politically charged film, without mentioning Steven Spielberg’s sprawling epic. This was the most authentic biopics of perhaps any pivotal figure. With Daniel Day Lewis absorbing all of the lauded president, the only person who could have possibly portrayed Lincoln with more vivid realism, is Lincoln himself. This film is easily one of the greatest political stories ever told. This is an uncompromising tale of intrigue that truly depicts the dirty horse trading tactics in legislature, that still run rampant today.
3) All The President’s Men
The classic telling of the incredible story behind the scandal that shocked the world. Watergate not only ruined Nixon, but it spawned this movement of adding the word gate onto the end of stuff, as if gate is a synonym for scandal. Deflate-gate? Really guys? Watergate was not the title of a scandal, it was a hotel! Any way, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford are fantastic as Woodward and Bernstein. The enactment of the story that lead these two journalists down the rabbit hole to the biggest story of their lives is incredibly interesting. This is the epitome of the procedural portrayal of journalism in American politics.
2) Dr. Strangelove or: How I learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb
Realistically, just saying the name Stanley Kubrick should be enough to elicit understanding as to why this film is in the top 5. This is a classic satirical farce, that is more relevant today than perhaps any film ever, seriously. All about what would happen if the wrong person had the access to push the wrong button. With beautifully comedic performances from Peter Sellers and George C. Scott, Kubrick’s Strangelove is one of the most intelligently humorous political satires in history, and is depraved in it’s cynical outlook on the equivalent to having a lunatic holding a nuclear football. Thank god this is fiction, and would never happen in real life…
Wag The Dog
The Manchurian Candidate
In The Loop
1) A Face In The Crowd
This is basically a documentary of what is happening in the 2016 presidential election. Telling the story of an ambitious radio producer, who pulls a charming guy out of a drunk tank and throws him on the air, only to have his stardom rise at an insanely rapid pace that parlays into using a presidential candidate for personal gain. This is devilishly prescient. Andy Griffith turns in an incredible performance as Larry Rhodes, the drunk who rises to stardom and affects presidential elections. Rhodes is a womanizer, ego driven, arrogant jerk that uses his celebrity to further his selfish agenda. It’s easy to see why this film is number one on the list. It eerily portends to the 2016 campaign, and it was made in 1957!
It’s all fun and games, and a love of movies! On a more serious note, it’s important to exercise your rights and go out to cast a ballot for whomever you may. People have fought vigorously, and given their lives for you to do so. So who you vote for is no matter, just go out and vote, it’s important, and it counts!
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