With Hollywood production just ramping up after the lockdowns, it is safe to say that there probably won’t be a whole lot of new movies out this 2020.
Here are some oldies but relevant goodies that may need a revisit in LIGHT of the circumstances that we are finding ourselves in these DARK days.
Check them out for yourselves and let us know what you think. If you have your own suggestions, feel free to share in the comments section below.
Bring out the popcorn, and enjoy the show!
Wag the Dog is a 1997 film that is worth the revisit! Set just before a presidential election, the president is caught in a sex scandal! The spin doctors and Hollywood create a fake war in Albania to divert attention away from it. This strategy is probably more common in real life especially if one wants to control the narrative.
Starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro, see if you are smarter than the dog’s tail or if the tail is smarter than you! 🙂
V for Vendetta (2006) opens with a soliloquy using a volume of “v” verbiage strung into a monologue of alliteration.
It has all the elements that we are seeing these days: a virus, masks, manipulated media, secret goings-on in the dark. “V” inspires the silent majority to WAKE UP from the stupor they are in to rise up against a totalitarian government.
Starring Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving, it is probably more disturbing than it is relaxing. You take what you take from it.
13 Hours is the only nonfiction movie on this post. Set during the Obama reelection campaign season with Clinton as Secretary of State, it explores the murder of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, and the 13 hours before and around this tense time when Americans were left on their own in this diplomatic outpost in Benghazi.
Starring John Krasinski and directed by Michael Bay, the movie deals with real, relatively recent, events that are good to know in hindsight and will, perhaps, make you think about and ASK the right questions.
The Truman Show, starring funnyman Jim Carrey, is no laugh-out-loud movie once you realize how it all ends. We see how his “handlers” have manipulated and distorted reality for entertainment. In one scene the producer explains that they “killed” Truman’s dad at sea to CREATE his FEAR of the water. As Truman starts seeing pieces of his world crumbling in front of him, he starts THINKING for himself and he learns to put those pieces together himself.
Released in 1998, there are many aspects of the film which 2020 can relate to as we watch our nightly news, read the op-eds, and peruse our social media feeds. But before you gobble these up, this film reminds us that we should always question, and only then can we be FREE to see reality.