Open Sources Show Notes for December 24, 2020

It’s the end of the year, and it’s Christmas Eve, so you’ll forgive us if we don’t tuck in behind our remote microphones for this week’s edition of Open Sources Guelph. Like usual, we will fill one of our two holiday slots with the sixth annual edition of our political movies show. Sit back and relax, as we look at our political past through the lens of liberal Hollywood, and, in at least one instance, stark raving socialists!

This Thursday, December 24, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Scotty’s Pick #1 – The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel (2020). “From Joel Bakan and Jennifer Abbott, filmmakers of the multi-award-winning global hit, The Corporation, comes a just-in-timely sequel that exposes how companies are desperately rebranding as socially responsible – and how that threatens democratic freedoms.”

Adam’s Pick #1 – Lincoln (2012). “In the final four months of Abraham Lincoln’s (Daniel Day Lewis) life and presidency, the full measure of the man came to bear on his defining battle: to plot a forward path for a shattered nation, against overwhelming odds and extreme public and personal pressure. In an act of true national daring, Lincoln exerts enormous political will to end the Civil War, not merely by ending the battle but by fighting to pass the 13th Amendment to permanently abolish slavery.”

Scotty’s Pick #2 – The Front Runner (2018).Senator Gary Hart (Hugh Jackman) captures the imagination of young voters and is considered the overwhelming front runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination when his campaign is sidelined by the story of an extramarital relationship. As tabloid journalism and political journalism merge for the first time, Senator Hart, and the country, are left with the profound and lasting impact on American politics.

Adam’s Pick #2 – Selma (2014). “In 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo) leads a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The march from Selma to Montgomery culminates in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement.”

Open Sources is live on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca at 5 pm on Thursday.

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