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“Are you f***ing serious?”: Postal

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“Are you f***ing serious?”: <em>Postal</em>
“Are you f***ing serious?”: <em>Postal</em>

Many criticize Dr. Uwe Boll as a hack, a horrible filmmaker and a blow-hard. They see the crazed German threatening to box critics—knocking out a college colleague of mine, Jeff “MiraJeff” Sneider, who became the unwitting shield for Ain’t It Cool when the two original critics refused to appear—and even directors who embody the “Hollywood Hack” moniker (yes, I mean him.)

But after six years, Boll has released his finest film. Yes, it is another video game adaptation of an 11-year-old first-person shooter—technically of its sequel—about a guy who simply gives up on society and begins a kamikaze attack on the stereotypes he’s been forced to live with. And why is it so good?

5 for the Day: Presidents and Politics

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5 for the Day: Presidents and Politics
5 for the Day: Presidents and Politics

When I realized that Presidents Day was approaching, I figured the timing was perfect for a “5 for the Day” on movies about American presidents. You know what though—feature films about real U.S. presidents have tended to not be that good. Television has done a much better job when it comes to telling stories about Oval Office occupants. Besides, the holiday itself had its importance sapped once they combined Lincoln and Washington’s birthdays together and decided the day would honor all presidents. Honestly, more deserve not to be honored than do. I don’t imagine there will be many fond remembrances of John Tyler or James Buchanan today. So, I decided to expand my field to both fictional presidents and politics in general—then the difficult task of winnowing down to five began. Thrillers such as the original Manchurian Candidate sprang immediately to mind, but since it was more thriller than political, I let it go. Political satires are plentiful, but I didn’t want to get overloaded with them so many worthy films missed the cut. I decided to limit myself to one satire and even though there have been better ones, I decided to go off the beaten path with my choice. All the President’s Men leaped to mind as well, but that’s more about journalism than politics. There still were painful cuts: I really wanted to include Spencer Tracy in The Last Hurrah, but I had to let it go. So, for better or worse, here are the five I settled on.