2.28.2011

NA 282 Film

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Adam highly recommended the film Wag the Dog (1997), which is available through Netflix (although not as a "watch instantly").
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Classic Conspiracies - The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

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A very appropriate film to finish out Classic Conspiracy Month here at NA Films.  Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh and Angela Lansbury (who has never been creepier) are just the main highlights of a great cast.  The Manchurian Candidate came out during the same month that the Cuban Missile Crisis was bringing the world far too close to nuclear war.  One of those well timed film releases that John and Adam like to point out as being more than just a film.  A film about a Communist conspiracy to take over the United States that comes out at the same time the Soviet Union was moving nukes into Cuba...coincidence, I think not!
Trailer:


The remake by Jonathan Demme is not too shabby either:


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2.21.2011

Classic Conspiracies - All the President's Men (1976)

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Aside from being one of my favorite American films of all time, All the President's Men is also one of the best conspiracy films of all time as well.  I watch the film at least once a year and am always surprised at how well it holds up.  It also captures a unique time in American newspaper history, right before large corporations started to by up the media and dictate what it could and could not report on.

Director Alan J. Pakula made an interesting (albeit unofficial) trilogy in the 1970's know as Pakula's Political Paranoia trilogy: Klute (1971), The Parallax View (1974) [a NA Monday Movie on 11.1.10] and All the President's Men (1976).  Mr. Pakula died in 1998 in a very shocking car accident that sounds like a plot to one of these films, mainly The Parallax View.

All the President's Men (original trailer):


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2.20.2011

NA 280 Film

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Adam mentioned watching the great documentary Inside Job on Sunday's show.  Here is the original post from last fall when the film was a NA Films Monday Movie.

11.08.2010
Inside Job
at 9:50 AM

I've been reluctant to do a movie of the week that is in theaters in an effort to keep the playing field even for anyone who reads this blog, especially if you live outside of Gitmo Nation and the film hasn't been released there yet. Another reason is that most films playing in theaters tend to be Hollywood propaganda.

For example:


I love the part about "in America we give our lives to our jobs". I don't know about you, but I'd rather give my life to about 18 other things before "my job". To quote George Carlin, "They call it the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it".

But, I digress. The film to find in a theater (most likely an art house theater) near you is Inside Job. It's a look at how the 2008 worldwide financial crisis was, well, an Inside Job. It's rare that a film that I would consider a total No Agenda Film is in a theater, so support the film and any theater that is showing it.

Trailer:




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NA 279 Film

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John mentioned watching The American on his trip to Madrid. 

The American




He also mentioned watching Get Shorty on an airplane and having a sequence edited out of the film that involved an exposion on a plane.  I haven't seen Get Shorty in years, but I don't remember any plane sequence.  There was an issue involving a WMD on a plane in the film Big Trouble, which was scheduled to come out on September 21, 2001.  I've geotten these two films confused for years due to Rene Russo and Dennis Farina starring in both films and Barry Sonnenfeld directing both films. 

Here is the explanation from Wikipedia:
"Big Trouble was originally scheduled for release on September 21, 2001 and had a strong advertising push. The events of September 11 of that year cast an unshakable pall over the movie's comedic smuggling of a nuclear device onto an airplane. (A gun also makes its way onto the plane, but this was easily overshadowed by the specter of the WMD.) Consequently, the film was pushed back until April 2002, and the promotion campaign was toned down almost to the point of abandonment. Big Trouble came quietly to American theaters and left quickly afterwards, receiving some positive reviews but generally ignored by audiences."


Big Trouble


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2.14.2011

NA 278 Film

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As mentioned in July 2010 here at NA Films (and on Sunday's show)...Atlas Shrugged had been adapted and is now done.  Do not, I repeat, DO NOT get your hopes up!

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Classic Conspiracies - Z (1969)

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Z is a French political thriller that won the Jury Prize at the 1969 Cannes film festival and then went on to widespread critical acclaim throughout the world.  As the great films always do, it is just as relevant now as when it was released.  Here is the synopsis from IMDB:

"In Z, writer/director Costa-Gavras chronicles the overthrow of the democratic government in Greece. When a liberal politician is murdered in an attack during a peace demonstration, the right wing established figures in the military and the police try and hide not only their parts in it, but try to cover up the murder as well. The magistrate must act as a detective in order to go through the cover up. While historically accurate, it is told as a combination mystery and thriller."

Does that sound like any current situation in global politics?

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Longer Trailer


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2.07.2011

Classic Conspiracies - Three Days of the Condor (1975)

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I received a few e-mails about the number of documentary films I pick for the weekly Monday Movies, so the month of February will be Classic Conspiracy Movie Month.

The first one is Three Days of the Condor from 1975, a time period in American film that is without equal.  The synopsis from IMDb: "A mild mannered CIA researcher, paid to read books, returns from lunch to find all of his co-workers assassinated. "Condor" must find out who did this and get in from the cold before the hitmen get him."

This is one of those films that if you haven't seen, it is great to just watch cold.  Click on the link above if you'd like a more detailed plot synopsis.

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