“The Hunger Games” and the Obama Generation

“May the odds be ever in your favor.” – official slogan of the Hunger Games Perhaps because this is an election year and “The Hunger Games” is poised to be such a monumental hit, both the left and right have tried to claim the film as their own. The right has latched onto what it…

“The Hunger Games”: Political Reax

My review will be posted Monday, but in the meantime, I have collected some of the most thought-provoking analyses of “The Hunger Games” to hit the web this weekend. From the left:  The New Yorker: The shortest gloss on the movie’s plot is that twenty-four children take part in a televised spectacle in which they…

The Most (Secretly) Conservative Movie of All Time

Over the past two days, we have counted down four of the top five most conservative movies of all-time. Feel free to check out part one and part two. But now we have come to #1, the most conservative movie of all time. Action movies in the 1980s essentially functioned as feature-length campaign videos for…

Top Five Conservative Movies: Part Two

Today, we continue counting down the Top Five Movies You Didn’t Know Were Conservative. Yesterday, we looked at two comedies (and one sequel), one that dramatized recent rhetoric from the religious right, and the other reflective of the distrust of government made popular in the Reagan era. Here are today’s picks: 3. “Knocked Up” At…

Top Five Conservative Movies: Part One

Movies with hidden political agendas have been making news lately. Last month, Movieguide, a non-profit website that reviews films from a Christian perspective, released a report demonstrating that movies that promote conservative values perform better at the box office than those that don’t. More recently, Lou Dobbs made headlines by suggesting that both “The Lorax” and…

Former Senator Will Decide “Bully” Battle

Ratings controversies come and go, but most of the time the only thing at stake is studio profit. A good movie will find an audience, regardless of its rating. “Midnight Cowboy,” for example, was rated X but still managed to receive an Academy Award nomination. While there is a good discussion to be had about the…

Moore Elevates Her “Game”

“No news story lasts more than 48 hours anymore. News is not meant to be remembered. It’s entertainment.” – Steve Schmidt in “Game Change”  “Game Change,” the highly-anticipated HBO movie that premiered last Saturday, is driven by an outstanding performance by Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin, who, of course, needs no introduction. By now, you…