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)”

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)”