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Sunday, April 18, 2010

Monday Movie Meme....On Politics


Today I am appearing as the Monday Movie Meme's first ever Guest Director over at The Bumbles Blog. Molly recently added a chat forum on her blog and finding volunteers for this gig was one of her chosen topics. She "reeled" me in hook, line and sinker and "made me an offer I couldn't refuse".  She knows I love movies, so it was a pretty easy arm-twisting. I perused her past topics and noticed that she had never done political movies, so that's what I chose. Why don't you come on over to Molly's place and see the movies that inspired me. If you would like to play along and tell us your favorites, you can pick up the widget over there and also leave a link to your post in the comments. And if you decide to play, please be kind and visit your fellow Meme participants.

Here are Molly's picks:

All the President's Men

Citizen Kane

The People vs. Larry Flynt

Napoleon Dynamite

19 comments:

Char said...

interesting! my choices would be:

Election
American President
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Frost/Nixon

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Susan...you SAW "Soylent Green" ?? That was not the greatest thought...and back then we had never heard of "mad cow disease. :) I had forgotten all about that film.

Sandy Nawrot said...

Congrats on your gig! As soon as anyone says something is political, I get all irritated. Even though, just about any movie out there could probably qualify if you look hard enough. My first thought was Wag the Dog. It is the perfect representation of government, in my opinion. I thought it was very clever.

Ruth said...

How about "Day of the Jackal" - I loved that. Going now to see your guest post. Yay!

Susan said...

Char, those are great choices, and I considered using the three of yours that weren't on my list. There were just so many!

Sandy, how can you live in America and not love politics! ;) I agree with your choice of 'Wag the Dog' and it was up there on my list, but I decided to go with another one.

WsperSweetly, so sorry I got you out of order! Yes, I've watched 'Soylent Green' with my oldest son a couple of times, mainly just so I can hear Charleton Heston scream those words, "It's people! Soylent green is PEOPLE!!!" Is it not the cheesiest movie? Actually Edward G. Robinson gave a very good performance and I think it was one of his last roles.

Thank you for visiting!

Ruthie, there were soooo many I could have listed, but I tried to keep it to four, which was very hard for me. It's been a long, long time since I saw 'Day of the Jackal'. Now that I've joined Netflix, I'll put it on my queue.

stacybuckeye said...

Napoleaon Dynamite is an interesting choice, Molly!

The Bumbles said...

Vote for Pedro, Stacy, vote for Pedro ;0)

Thanks for hosting Susan - you made my Sunday a dream not having to come up with a topic for Monday!

Tattered and Lost said...

No ifs, ands, or buts...THE CANDIDATE from 1972 starring Redford.

“Marvin ... What do we do now?”

The Gal Herself said...

Until I saw them on the same list, I didn't realize that Citzen Kane and All the President's Men are really two sides of the same coin, aren't they?

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Yes, it was one of his last roles. I remember I had to laugh..my husband said "just think, that is what the world used to look like" when it came to a scene of horses in a meadow (I think.) I had to laugh..and I said.."Hon, it still looks like that. It's just a movie! :) I guess he sort of got lost in the moment!
Choice was ALL THE PRESIDENTS MEN. Did I tell you that.
Hugs,
Mona

p.s. I LOVE Netflex! LOVE IT!

Susan said...

Stacy, that's one I haven't seen yet.

Tattered, Hi there! Yes, 'The Candidate' was high on my list, too. I also considered 'Bulworth', but I was trying to keep it to one page! haha

The Gal, that's one I'll have to think about and perhaps rewatch both to see. It's been a while.

Mona, Wow! Your husband really did get caught up, eh? I loved 'All the President's Men' too, but figured it would be on most everyone's list.

I just joined Netflix a couple of weeks ago and I love it, too! I'm not sure why I held out so long. Stubborn, I suppose!

culdesacchronicles said...

I haven't seen Soylent Green in ages. I made my son watch that with me when he was a teenager. He still makes references to it.

I enjoyed The Contender (2000) with Jeff Bridges and Joan Allen.

I've never seen Napoleaon Dynamite. Thanks for the tip.
Bella

Deborah said...

Susan,
I'm not so into movies, or more accurately, I have trouble remembering what I've seen (!) so I'll give this one a pass.

CottageGirl said...

You were the perfect choice for this assignment!!!!!!
All the President's Men! Forgot about that one! How great was that?

Sunmallia said...

Soylent Green! now that is a blast from the past.

Oliag said...

My problem with movie lists is that altho I watch and enjoy many movies I can never think of them if trying to form a list...unless I see the title and then I say Oh yes!...I loved (or hated) that one!...I should write all the movies I see down so I remember them all...As far as adding to your list the first one off the top of my head before I read other comments was Wag the Dog...loved it
loved Napoleon Dynamite and Election too...I guess I like my politics lighthearted which is why I like the Daily Show too:)

I loved Syriana too...
xo

Susan said...

Bella, I had forgotten about 'The Contender'! That was a very good movie! I love Joan Allen and Jeff Bridges. Ohhh, Netflix!

Susan said...

Deborah, that's okay, m'dear! You don't have to comment on each and every one! I'll still love ya!

CG, Ha! You would say that! I can see that I should have had ATPM on my list!

Sunmallia, I'll say! Not too many people I know have ever seen that classic!

Oliag, I've got two words for you....imdb.com!!! You just type in political movies (or whatever kind you're looking for) and it's the best memory-jogger ever invented. You surely didn't think I remembered all those on my own, didja? I'm not THAT good.

'Wag the Dog' was great. I knew I should have used that one!

VaNeSsA said...

OK, I don't read all of the other comments, so if someone said it already, I apologize, but ELECTION with Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick is hilarious!