Sunday, March 11, 2012
The Flaming Nose can heartily recommend HBO's newest original movie Game Change which premiered last night. As you learned in our previous post -- and no doubt were inundated with the same info from all media outlets the past weeks or so -- Game Change focused on the relatively short period of time in 2008 when Sarah Palin was picked to serve as John McCain's running mate up until the team's defeat at the polls.
Julianne Moore gave a compassionate performance, delineating Palin's clearly genuine warmth and love of family as well as the boundless ambition which surfaced as she was thrust into the public spotlight. Palin knew what she wanted -- at least after she realized the vistas now open to her -- and her personal chase was on.
The most memorable theme running through the movie was the notion that celebrity and charisma are what get people elected these days. Obama certainly had star power, brains and pure political oomph; he went to the White House with them intact but has (sadly) somewhat let the hope he inspired in voters dissipate -- like air out of a balloon -- during the ensuing years. Palin was a true diamond in the rough, her self-confidence akin to that of Debbie Reynolds as the Unsinkable Molly Brown. In case you don't know what I'm talking about, here's Debbie singing "I Ain't Down Yet" (which could be Palin's manifesto, too). Substitute Alaska for Colorado and I think you've pretty well figured Palin out.
One of the off-shoots of the Palin political pizazz was last year's documentary The Undefeated, directed by Stephen K. Bannon, about Palin's life and career. The movie disappointingly played to less-than-full theaters when it was released (and honestly what did they expect? Kids go to movies, Tea Partiers seldom do), but Reelz Channel has smartly picked it up and will be premiering it tonight at 8pm. The Undefeated doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is -- a cinematic love letter celebrating the Palin mystique -- but airing it now on the heels of Game Change is a terrific scheduling coup for Reelz. (You will also see a lot of conservative political correspondent Andrew Breibart who passsed away a couple of weeks ago.)
The Undefeated | Movie Trailer | Review
The Undefeated airs on Reelz tonight at 8pm and at 11pm, Eastern time, and again tomorrow Monday at 10pm and Sunday, March 25th at 5:30pm. They've got links to a slew of coverage about the film on their website, so be sure to check them out if you crave more on The Undefeated.
Can't happen, of course, but it's a powerful dream for some and The Undefeated might show us why.