The holiday season begins this week, and you know what that means: the annual Open Sources Guelph Political Movies Special. Each year, we choose four politically-themed movies to highlight as potential viewing during the holiday break when regular politics mostly takes a few weeks off. This year, we’ve got quite a diverse crop: a zany comedy about Middle East peace starring Adam Sandler, a new documentary about the economy featuring the former U.S. Secretary of Labour, a racially-charged and themed horror film, and the latest film about the struggles of the U.K. working class from Ken Loach (guess who chose that one).
This Thursday, December 21, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:
Our annual political movies special! Here are this year’s selections…
Adam’s Pick #1: Get Out (2017). “Chris and his girlfriend Rose go upstate to visit her parent’s for the weekend. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.”
Scotty’s Pick #1: I, Daniel Blake (2016). “A 59-year-old carpenter recovering from a heart attack befriends a single mother and her two kids as they navigate their way through the impersonal, Kafkaesque benefits system. With equal amounts of humor, warmth and despair, the journey is heartfelt and emotional until the end.”
Adam’s Pick #2: You Don’t Mess With the Zohan (2008). “Tired of all the fighting in his country, legendary Israeli commando Zohan fakes his own death and goes to New York, where he can fulfill his fondest dream: to become a hairstylist. Zohan’s sexy way with a cut and curl makes him a hit with Manhattan’s women, but when enemy Arabs spot him, Zohan has to call on his military skills if he is ever to wield scissors again.”
Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca at 5 pm on Thursday.