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The Great Hack (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): The rising digital threats to democracy

Netflix documentary film “The Great Hack” gives us a closer look into a frightening social change driven by the swift advance of digital technology in our time. Sure, I have been well aware of how seriously most of us have … Continue reading

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Knock Down the House (2019) ☆☆☆(3/4): Female candidates against the Establishment

Netflix documentary film “Knock Down the House”, which received the US Documentary Audience Award when it was shown at the Sundance Film Festival early in this year, introduces to us four different American women who decided to stand against the … Continue reading

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Weiner (2016) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): The second rise and fall of Weiner

When Anthony Weiner attempted to run for the office of Mayor of New York City in 2013, he seemed to be on the way to a sort of redemptive comeback, and he actually had a very good chance for that. … Continue reading

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No (2012) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : How they made people say ‘No’

 While sharply reminding us that political campaigns are essentially advertisements promising their political products to voters, “No”, an engaging movie about the national plebiscite of 1988 in Chile, tells us a fictional story of how one clever campaign strategy effectively … Continue reading

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Game Change (2012) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : A star is born

 Whatever you think about Sarah Palin, a former Alaska Governor who dramatically rose to her fame during 2008 US presidential election, she has an undeniable star presence which even attracted the attention of her detractors including me. Vividly presenting that … Continue reading

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Primary Colors (1998) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : A story of one fun political ride

When I watched “The Ides of March” (2011) early in this year, it took me back to my memories with Mike Nichols’ “Primary Colors” (1998), which already told us almost everything the former wanted to tell. When I watched it … Continue reading

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The Ides of March (2011) ☆☆☆(3/4) : Idealism has no place in politics

One main weak spot of George Clooney’s “The Ides of March” is that its sharp message is hardly regarded as cynical in our days. It is virtually impossible for everyone to remain clean in the mud field called politics, and … Continue reading

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