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“Veep” – Season 1, Episode 2: “Frozen Yoghurt”

“You guys live in your own little world with your heads stuck up your Capitol Hill asses.” – the frozen yogurt guy While I laughed several times during tonight’s second episode of “Veep,” HBO’s new comedy about a gaffe-prone vice-president, the episode basically rehashed the dynamic from pilot and added a few positive tweaks. Vice-President…

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Movies that Matter: “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

In this series, Movies That Matter, we examine films that have affected public policy. See the last MTM here. Yesterday, the Senate Sub-Committee on Water and Wildlife held a hearing on S. 810, the Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act. The bill, known by its awkward acronym GAPCSA, will end the use of chimpanzees…

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“Veep” Sets the Right Tone

In a scene from a season 2 episode of “Curb your Enthusiasm,” Larry David is pitching a new show idea to his old colleague Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She suggests they pitch it to HBO, and when Larry asks why, she tells him that she wants to curse. “I want to say ‘fuck,’” Louis-Dreyfus says, “and ‘cocksucker.’”…

Pleasantville

The Most Liberal Movie of All Time: “Pleasantville”

“Must be awful lucky to see colors like that. I bet they don’t know how lucky they are.” – Pleasantville For the last three decades, conservatives running for office have been painting a vision of the America that looks a lot like the 1950s. Ronald Reagan, an actual movie star from the era, was the…

Catching Fire

Why Francis Lawrence is the Right Choice to Direct “Catching Fire”

The news was announced this morning, and the internet fan sites are already lit up with outrage. Francis Lawrence will direct “Catching Fire,” the sequel to “The Hunger Games” beginning production later this year. Lawrence has three movies under his belt: 2005’s “Constantine,” 2007’s “I am Legend,” and 2011’s “Water for Elephants.” Producers must feel…

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Top Five Liberal Movies: Part Two

We’re counting down the Top Five Most Liberal Movies of All-Time. Click here to read about #5 and #4. But now it’s on to… 3. “The ‘Burbs” I think of 1989-1991 as Tom Hanks’ magic years – after his breakout role in “Big” and before he started to move away from comedy with “Philadelphia.” Along with “Joe…

Boogie Nights

Top Five Liberal Movies: Part One

Last month, we counted down the five most conservative movies of all time. Now it’s the liberals’ turn. I’ll admit that this list was a little tougher to construct. Because movie studios are profit-driven and must appeal to the most basic set of values, most successful studio movies have an undercurrent of conservatism running through…