The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (2009)

Daniel Ellsberg is one of the most influential men of the 20th Century. In terms of politics, perhaps the most influential of its second half. Arguably, he single-handedly brought an end to both the Vietnam War and the Nixon administration, itself the tail end of a political hegemony in the US that had lasted sinceContinue reading “The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (2009)”

Truman (1995)

Before Gary Sinise’s turn as racist Alabama Governor George Wallace, he played a much grander figure, the unassuming but capable Missourian Harry S Truman. Like many Presidents who succeeded to the White House unexpectedly, Truman was despised at first but came to be one of the most respected men to hold the position. Not manyContinue reading “Truman (1995)”

Hillary’s America (2016)

D’Souza is the right-wing Michael Moore. Whatever you think of his politics, it’s hard to deny that he is a charismatic and talented film-maker, whose works are highly personal travelogues of ideas full of imagery and smart commentary on the status quo, in which he himself is the endearing and intrepid star. Also like Moore,Continue reading “Hillary’s America (2016)”

Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

Whatever you think of Michael Moore, he is probably the most prominent documentary maker of the last 3 decades. Whether or not you like the points he makes in his films, it is hard to deny their poignancy and brilliantly effective persuasive power. Call it whimsy, emotionalism, over-generalisation or manipulative shock tactics, he gets hisContinue reading “Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)”

Shut Up And Sing (2006)

In March 2003 George W Bush declared war on Iraq, and the Dixie Chicks declared war on George W Bush. Despite the overwhelming odds in favour of the then President, the jury is still out on who actually won. The Dixie Chicks, hailing from Dallas, Texas, monumentally irritated the pro-war faction right on the eveContinue reading “Shut Up And Sing (2006)”

Stranger On My Land (1988)

Hear me out! It’s a B-movie and yes it starts with Tommy Lee Jones in Vietnam, but keep watching! This is a surprising little nugget about sovereignty within the US that covers subject matter pretty much no other movie is willing to go near. Tommy’s vet goes back home to his family’s ranch, and theContinue reading “Stranger On My Land (1988)”

No Safe Spaces (2019)

About the timeliest doc that Americans could watch right now. After the ‘Summer of Hate’ that was May to October 2020, this film is about nothing less than the attempted totalitarian takeover of the United States. Don’t know what totalitarianism is? “Safe spaces” is it. The illegalisation, sanction and suppression of free thought and freeContinue reading “No Safe Spaces (2019)”

Washington: Behind Closed Doors (1977)

Woah this is a biggie! Not for the faint-hearted, this deep dive, intellectual miniseries brings the real story from the Nixon administration to the small screen with the crossover genius that only 1977 seems able to provide. Based on John Ehrlichman’s novelised expose ’The Company’, this is supposedly what really happened. It starts off incrediblyContinue reading “Washington: Behind Closed Doors (1977)”

Dreams From My Real Father (2012)

While as far as I know no mainstream documentary has tackled ‘Michaelgate’ yet, this astonishing expose of the real parentage and background of the enigmatic ‘Barry Soetoro’ is as audacious as it is hard to refute. The visual evidence alone is devastating. Barack Obama was elected in 2008 on a massive wave of optimism, followedContinue reading “Dreams From My Real Father (2012)”

Margin Call (2011) & Inside Job (2010)

The story of the ‘Greenspan Crash’ of 2008 seems complicated and there are a lot of details, but after watching this double-bill you will see that it is really quite simple: deregulation -> greed -> bailout -> massive Government corruption