Nov. 5, 2008, 4:03 a.m. CST
I know on a night like this, with a movie like this your own political views are going to come into play, and I think alot of people feel the same way about Pres-Elect Obama as they did about Kennedy. Thanks for keeping it a minimum <P>This is a nice solid film, great "What If"
Nov. 5, 2008, 4:14 a.m. CST
I definitely don't want to offend anyone, especially our readers who supported McCain, but there was just no way to keep politics out of this one, not tonight. Thanks for noticing that I tried to keep it to a minimum. Now for some damn sleep!
Nov. 5, 2008, 5:12 a.m. CST
So I wonder how (or if) they show the actual killing, and how it differs from the real thing.
Nov. 5, 2008, 5:17 a.m. CST
You're right, not at all in this movie. They recreate the shots, though, with very surprising accuracy... even if the Kennedy double doesn't look a thing like the man... but the final shot, the kill-shot, is pretty damn exact to what was in the Zapruder footage and much more graphic than I expected them to go. Okay, now sleep for real.
Nov. 5, 2008, 5:38 a.m. CST
you know Quint just got flagged by the Secret Service.
Nov. 5, 2008, 6 a.m. CST
Congratulations USA! What a night! The human race just took a leap towards being a True brother and sisterhood! Look around your fellow citizens because you truly are the greatest nation on earth! From London with love.
Nov. 5, 2008, 7:06 a.m. CST
The "meth heads" arrested at the Democratic convention, and the white supremacists arrested who were going to murder and behead blacks before taking shots at Obama. So why on earth would even a poster named "loserguy3000" freak out so much that a movie about Kennedy's assassination would make Quint think about people deciding to assassinate Obama?
Nov. 5, 2008, 9:44 a.m. CST
by Windy City Blue
Oswald was not a Communist agent, nor part of a conspiracy, but he was a twisted dupe for Communist ideology, agitating for Castro and actually choosing to live for a time in the Soviet Union. Rather than accept this simple fact because it fucks with their heads, the American Left has been jumping through hoops for 45 years claiming it was a right-wing conspiracy. Kennedy's death came at the hands of a left-wing nut job.
Nov. 5, 2008, 10:26 a.m. CST
when this movie was made?
Nov. 5, 2008, 11:25 a.m. CST
The problem is that it isn't only just the American Left but also the American Right who love to cling to absurd conspiracies: Kennedy Assassination; 9-11 was an inside Job/work of the Israeli's; the Vince Foster Assassination; FDR let Pearl Harbor happen, etc. I don’t know what it is about the human race, but there is something that makes us looks for conspiracies to explain huge events, as if a lone gunman or 19 hijackers isn’t a good enough explanation. Of course sometimes conspiracies do come true (I am looking at you, Gulf of Tonka!).
Nov. 5, 2008, 11:36 a.m. CST
I saw Obama's stirring victory speech on CNN, and when they pulled back I saw the *large* plexiglass shields covering the sides of the stage facing the crowd.<p> I'm 'sure' those where there as windscreens. Yep.<p> I'm sad that they have to take those precautions, but at the same time glad they have the foresight and the dedication to be serious about protecting the president-elect.
Nov. 5, 2008, 12:09 p.m. CST
by Quake II
Obama will most likely be behind bulletproof glass at every public event for the next 4 years. He needs a "Pope-mobile" as well. And maybe a few look-a-like decoys. Personally, you couldn't pay me enough money to be the first black US President. Fuck that.
Nov. 5, 2008, 12:33 p.m. CST
He should have Obama's LMD ready by now. This is why SHIELD should be disbanded, incompetents fucks.
Nov. 5, 2008, 1:10 p.m. CST
This film parallels the Kennedy Assassination and has a killer cast (Jeff Bridges, John Huston, Toshiro Mifune, Sterling Hayden, Anthony Perkins, Elizabeth Taylor & Eli Wallach)
Nov. 5, 2008, 2:25 p.m. CST
by Jim Halpert
Full disclosure: I voted for Barack Obama. Let's not pretend, though, that the candidate who spent more than any other in the history of the United States has no ties to big money or big corporations -- especially when he did so forgoing a pledge that he signed earlier in the campaign to use only public funds.
Nov. 5, 2008, 5:26 p.m. CST
Thank you. Let's not kid ourselves that politics - left, right, center, or otherwise - is anything other than dirty, dirty business that runs on an engine fueled by rich people's money. Rich liberals and rich conservatives.
Nov. 5, 2008, 6:15 p.m. CST
I may be speaking out of my ass here, but wasn't Obama's campaign run completely on the people's money, not accepting money from big business or lobbyists at all? And didn't he inspire the DMC to cut all financing from lobbyists as well? I thought that was one of the big points of his campaign was that it was fully funded not by the rich and super-rich, but by the common person. Maybe I'm wrong, but the perception I have is that he's going into office without huge strings attached to big business.<BR><BR>And loserguy, if you don't think this site is and has always been about the personality of those writing and how the day's events influence the review being written, then you don't know what makes AICN what it is. You can disagree with me on if it's appropriate or not, but I never claimed to be anything more than a film lover who likes to write about movies and have a dialogue with other film lovers who read the site. If you can't see the parallels this particular story might have to what's going on today then you're willingly ignoring the obvious. Like him or hate him, Obama's path is very much following Kennedy's in terms of his start, his following and his message of changing the system which will stop a lot of dirty money from getting into even dirtier hands. He's not going to be popular with a lot of people, especially if he gets into office and keeps his campaign promises. It's up to him now not to let down the country and those who believed in him.
Nov. 5, 2008, 6:29 p.m. CST
is a fantastic movie. And I can't wait to see the JFK situation of Watchmen
Nov. 5, 2008, 7:30 p.m. CST
by Red Dawn Don
It was a little freaky seeing Grandpa Walton being a baddie. Poster Windy City Blue, I agree too many people in this USA believe in too many conspiracys. They think that the GOVERNMENT is imperfect except when it comes to conspiracies and then the GOVERNMENT never makes a mistake. People please listen up, cover-ups seldom work. People talk to the media and things never fall into place like they do in movies and books. Just look at Watergate as an example of a typical GOVERNMENT conspiracy. The truth wins out. I guess it is too hard to believe Oswald and a crappy Italian gun can kill the most powerful man in the world (JFK). Or that guys with box cutters can take over a jumbo jet. Must be more complex that that... err NO.
Nov. 5, 2008, 8:27 p.m. CST
by Jim Halpert
Barack Obama raised a lot of his cash through grass-roots donations -- people kicking in $20 on his website, fundraisers like one he had here in Louisville where he'd charge five or ten dollars per ticket. But he also had ample donations from the rich and powerful. Here's just one article from last summer: http://dealbook.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/07/16/obama-donations-show-strong-wall-st-support/ Again, don't get me wrong -- I voted for him, I think he's the right man for the right time and I'm glad he won. (And I read "A Movie A Day" religiously and enjoy the heck out of it.) It's just impossible in 2008 to win elective office, especially on a national level, without some serious corporate support. We might wish that it weren't so but that's the nature of politics now -- even for dignified, adept and principled men like Barack Obama.
Nov. 5, 2008, 9:36 p.m. CST
If you think Will Geer is scary here, Red Dawn Don, watch Frankenheimer's SECONDS. He's still folksy-- and all the scarier for it.
Nov. 6, 2008, 8:35 a.m. CST
...try watching Andy Griffith in "Murder in Coweta County". It was made for TV and stars Griffith as the local southern rich man in town, who almost gets away with murder, and Johnny Cash as the county sherrif who catches him. Griffith is so creepy in the role that he nearly creeped me right out of my skin. And his performance in the electric chair makes Green Mile look like a nice Disney fairy tale.
Nov. 6, 2008, 3:47 p.m. CST
Uhhh Obama raised more money then any other candidate, most of it from rich people. And Kennedy wasn't exactly a "radical" either. Not trying to start a political debate here, just saying its a little early to start calling people saints.