John McCain

Culture Warrior

There are those on the right who have said that Game Change is a partisan smear. At the same time, some on the left may have gone into the program expecting a SNL-style “look-how-dumb-Palin-is” work of predictable affirmation. But while hit jobs and hagiographies might make for effective 30-second political ads, they can’t sustain a two-hour block of television. Game Change, by contrast, is a gripping (though by no means perfect) two-hour block of television. But the term “block of television” does not necessarily carry the same connotations as “TV movie.” The distinction here is important. Game Change’s central thesis is not a political point about either John McCain or Sarah Palin as candidates (what could a TV movie possibly say that’s new or urgent in this respect?), but is instead a lamentation about how our political landscape is determined (on all sides of the ideological spectrum) by the media cycles of Celebrity 2.0. HBO has been preoccupied for quite some time by the major chapters in American history, rolling out expensive and impressive miniseries detailing the canonical moments that Americans learned about during their primary education: whether it be The Revolutionary War and the stories of the Founding Fathers (John Adams (2008)), WWII (Band of Brothers (2001) and The Pacific (2010)), or man’s journey to the moon (From the Earth to the Moon). However, HBO’s original programming has also taken microscopic examinations of recent, not-so-canonized history with smaller-scale projects like Recount (2008), Too Big to Fail (2011), and, of […]

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What if the Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates abandoned DC for Hollywood?

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John McCain and Barack Obama

We know that the Election Night coverage can be a bit monotonous, but while you’re waiting for the results to trickle down, you might as well watch a couple movies.

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You could forget about the math and the swing states, because the outcome of this election was predicted in 1988 by John Carpenter’s film They Live.

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Officially Cool

Most of us were going to balance the ups and downs of the McCain/Palin team and the Obama/Biden team. Well not so fast kids, what about the dynamic duo making waves on the independent ticket as we speak? Don’t know who I’m talking about? None other than presidential hopeful John McClane and his running mate Hans Gruber.

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Officially Cool

This year’s presidential race is becoming a hotbed of discussion around alternative energy, foreign policy, issues with the economy and…teen pregnancy?

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Officially Cool

Using the character creation feature on the smash hit video-game Soul Calibur 4, one YouTuber has created Presidential hopefuls Barack Obama, John McCain and Senator Hillary Clinton.

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Scarlett Johansson shows her support for Barack Obama

Through much of the year, most celebrities stay out of politics. But when an election rolls around, they suddenly mistake their star popularity for public interest in what they have to say about the issues.

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Josh Radde takes offense at Kevin Carr’s cheese references, love of Cylon-leadership and empty rhetoric. Why are we still talking about politics on a film website? Your guess is as good as mine.

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Harry Lennix and Michael Hogan would be the best picks for VP running mates

It is not often that I delve into politics on this site. However, after seeing my cheddar-sharp logic that follows, I imagine that John McCain and Barack Obama will stampede to Hollywood to pick up the following running mates.

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The Veepstakes are heating up. Who better to place on the ballot than fictional characters who could never, ever actually be elected Vice President?

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Recovering from a harrowing trip to the San Diego Comic-Con, Kevin and Neil sharpen their claws and sink their teeth into the start of crappy movie season with the first August releases.

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They may be over the hill, but that doesn’t mean they still wouldn’t have us running and hiding.

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