Category Archives: -Movies and politics

“This Meddlesome Priest” Troubles Trump

by James M. Wall At 2:30 in the morning of June 17, 1972, forty five years ago this weekend, five men were arrested as they attempted to place wire taps in the offices of the Democratic National Committee in the … Continue reading

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“O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend. . . !”

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Trump to Bibi and Abbas: “I’m With You Fellers”

by James M. Wall On Wednesday, President Donald Trump approached the waning days of his first month in office with what he hoped would be a significant foreign policy event, his first White House meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. … Continue reading

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“A tragedy in a man, a disaster in a president”

by James M. Wall In the film, The Best Man, written by Gore Vidal, a candidate for president, Joe Cantwell (Cliff Robertson), is arguing with his more principled opponent, William Russell (Henry Fonda). Exasperated at one point, Cantwell says to Russell, “I … Continue reading

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Reflections on Lincoln, Clinton and Trump

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Will “Greatness” Elude Yet Another President?

by James M. Wall Will McAlvoy (Jeff Daniels), (right), played a newscaster working for a fictional cable news network on The Newsroom, a program which ran on HBO (2012-2014). The writer of The Newsroom series is Aaron Sorkin, creator and lead author of the earlier television … Continue reading

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2016 U.S. Politics Envisioned by Groucho Marx

by James M. Wall British critic Patrick McCray has described the Marx Brothers’ 1933 film, Duck Soup, as “an absurdist essay on politics and warfare. . . which can stand alongside (or even above) the works of Beckett and Ionesco.” Mrs. Teasdale … Continue reading

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“Know Nothings” Could Deliver Clinton Vs. Trump

by James M. Wall As the nation enters 2016 in search of a new president, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton seems certain to derail Bernie Sanders while anti-immigrant Republican candidate Donald Trump is expected to recover quickly even if he loses the Iowa … Continue reading

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Bibi Coalition Echoes Groucho’s “Duck Soup”

by James M. Wall The Times of Israel, Israel’s leading right wing newspaper, can usually be counted on to lead the cheers for any Benjamin Netanyahu Israeli government. Not this time. After his recent narrow election victory Netanyahu turned to a right wing collection … Continue reading

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The Smells of Gaza and New Jersey

by James M. Wall Richard Ford’s latest novel, Let Me Be Frank With You, begins when Frank Bascombe drives into a suburb of Haddam, a New Jersey town recently destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.  Frank had been a real estate salesman in the community. … Continue reading

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