What Killed Michael Brown? (2020)

The Black Lives Matter movement of Summer 2020 is finally dealt with comprehensively and in-depth in this sobering documentary. This is a powerful, dramatic and inspirational shout out to all Americans. One of the best if not the best studies of US race relations in screen history. The scope is vast, the tone deeply wiseContinue reading “What Killed Michael Brown? (2020)”

JFK (1991) & Beyond JFK: The Question of Conspiracy (1992)

Well, here it is. Most people have already seen this movie but here it is none the less. We all know the CIA and the mafia did it! George HW Bush was running Oswald in Dallas and Howard Hunt was in charge of the death squad at the grassy knoll. But if you want toContinue reading “JFK (1991) & Beyond JFK: The Question of Conspiracy (1992)”

2016: Obama’s America (2012)

This became the highest-grossing documentary in US history when released in 2012, and snowballed to have such an effect on American public opinion that its maker the Conservative author and academic Dinesh D’Souza was actually jailed on dubious charges two years later. D’Souza’s films are party political broadcasts, diatribes really. He is unashamedly promoting theContinue reading “2016: Obama’s America (2012)”

John Adams (2008)

Tom Hooper is one of the finest film-makers working today and this miniseries is truly a phenomenal piece of work. If you really want to get to know the founders of the United States in a friendly, up-close-and-personal way and in a relaxed setting, this is the show for you. It succeeds in humanising themContinue reading “John Adams (2008)”

The Social Dilemma (2020)

‘Is this normal? Or have we all fallen under some kind of spell?’ asks Tristan Harris, one of the ex big tech employees/whistleblowers whose revelations are the subject of this intriguing new documentary. Do you feel like you are being manipulated and controlled by social media? Well that’s because you are! It’s that simple, andContinue reading “The Social Dilemma (2020)”

The Loudest Voice (2019)

Roger Ailes is back! This time played by Russell Crowe in this somewhat gratuitous cash-in miniseries. Hollywood just loves this story it seems. Whilst Crowe is physically ridiculously too attractive a human being to be Roger Ailes, even under prosthetics and hours of make-up, this glossy, high quality offering from Showtime is an excellent deeperContinue reading “The Loudest Voice (2019)”

On The Basis Of Sex (2018)

This biopic of Ruth Bader Ginsberg, the feminist Supreme Court Judge who recently passed away, is a timely and fascinating study in miniature of how during the 1960s and 1970s, a process unfolded via the ACLU and spearheaded by Ginsberg that fundamentally transformed American society and lit the rocket of today’s all-consuming identity politics. ItContinue reading “On The Basis Of Sex (2018)”

I.O.U.S.A. (2008)

It’s all about the money! Or if you like ‘it’s the economy, stupid’. Although this doco is old now, it still makes for interesting viewing because it covers unquestionably the greatest danger facing the United States of America. When you realise the national debt they are talking about here is the $9 trillion figure theContinue reading “I.O.U.S.A. (2008)”

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)”