Open Sources (Ep. #357) Show Notes for December 23, 2021

This week on Open Sources Guelph, it’s the most wonderful time of the year… Time for our year end specials!! As our Christmas gift to you, we’re sharing our annual political movie picks in the seventh annual round of this not-festive, but definitely fun holiday tradition. This year’s slate features a probing documentary, two true-life stories, and a silly drama that thinks it’s a serious social commentary. Hang up your stockings, and then sit back with some hot coco as we talk about the movies. And politics.

This Thursday, December 23, at 5 pm, Scotty Hertz and Adam A. Donaldson will discuss:

Adam’s Pick #1: Falling Down (1993). “A middle-aged man dealing with both unemployment and divorce, William Foster is having a bad day. When his car breaks down on a Los Angeles highway, he leaves his vehicle and begins a trek across the city to attend his daughter’s birthday party. As he makes his way through the urban landscape, William’s frustration and bitterness become more evident, resulting in violent encounters with various people, including a vengeful gang and a dutiful veteran cop.”

Scotty’s Pick #1: On the Basis of Sex (2018). “Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a struggling attorney and new mother who faces adversity and numerous obstacles in her fight for equal rights. When Ruth takes on a groundbreaking tax case with her husband, attorney Martin Ginsburg, she knows it could change the direction of her career and the way the courts view gender discrimination.”

Adam’s Pick #2: White Squall (1996). “In 1960, a hardy group of prep school students boards an old-fashioned sailing ship. With Capt. Christopher Sheldon at the helm, the oceangoing voyage is intended to teach the boys fortitude and discipline. But the youthful crew — among them confident Chuck Gieg, timid Gil Martin and self-satisfied Frank Beaumont – are about to get some unexpected instruction in survival when they get caught in the clutches of a white squall storm.”

Scotty’s Pick #2: What is Democracy? (2018). “This reflection on democracy spans millennia and continents, from ancient Athens’ groundbreaking experiment in self-government to capitalism’s roots in medieval Italy, and from modern-day Greece grappling the with its financial collapse and mounting refugee crisis to the United States reckoning with its past and the growing gap between rich and poor.”

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

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