Top 10 Political movies paired with a business lunch
If you’re sick of watching real politicians argue, make dumb decisions and talk nonsense, then perhaps you need a little fictional relief. I’ve been watching The West Wing lately, enjoying its idealistic view on politics – how it can be used for ‘good’! Love it! So if you’re over political games but are fascinated by the political world, then watch one of these movies, why don’t you!?!
Oooo don’t forget the food, Emma! Arguing and ruling the world makes a pollie quite hungry, so yes, I’ve included a few favourite dishes that I imagine these fat-cats would love to tuck into! Here they are…
Top 10 Political movies paired with a business lunch
10. Bulworth (1998)
Relieve your frustrations at the political process with a film that takes the mickey out of those silly politicians. It stars Warren Beatty as a Democratic Senator, Jay Bulworth, who decides to commit suicide or, rather, pay to get himself knocked off! With his new-found freedom (because he knows he’s going to die) he starts speaking his mind, rapping and going a bit wild which actually makes him popular! Starring Halle Berry and Don Cheadle, this movie is a must-see for those who are ready for something fresh and new(ish).
9. In the Loop (2009)
Ah a good laugh at politicians, that’s what we need and this film delivers! English Minister for International Development, Simon Forster (Tom Hollander) who kinda, accidentally, stupidly says that war breaking out in the Middle East is “unforeseeable”. Then he’s sent to Washington to find out the inside goss on a so-called War Committee being formed by the American government. Information is leaked, things get crazy-funny and the seriousness of possible war is discussed. Great stuff!
8. Good Night and Good Luck (2005)
With a fabulous cast (George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr, Jeff Daniels and Patricia Clarkson) this movie is one you cannot miss! It’s set in 1953 when the whole communism investigations were going loco in America. The CBS network starts attacking Republican Senator, Joseph McCarthy, heading the war on communism but it backfires when McCarthy starts attacking CBS producers. This movie has it all, historical flashbacks, incredible performances all based on true events, shot in black and white! Winner, winner!
Business lunches call for something a little bit special. And what’s more delish for your midday meal than a mixture of pomegranates and fish? Nothing, I say! So here’s our super yummy, businessy recipe you will love! It’s Toasted Coconut Tilapia with Pomegranate Salsa from How Sweet Eats. YUMMO!
7. Mr Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Jefferson Smith (James Stewart) has been chosen to become the next Senator for an unnamed state. Selected for his clean-cut image and naivety, Smith becomes Senator Joseph Paine’s (Claude Rains) new recruit. Paine is secretly dodgy and gets Smith into all sorts of trouble with a new bill that Smith thinks will benefit the children of America. Smith’s reputation gets soiled as its revealed that the bill is bad to the bone. Poor naive Smith is forced to try and clear his name with emotional scenes, fainting, attempts at suicide and a last-minute revelation.
6. Wag the Dog (1997)
Another comedy but this time with the incredible Dustin Hoffman and equally awesome Robert De Niro! Boo-yah! This is one of my faves. Political ‘spin doctor’ Conrad Brean (De Niro) hire Hollywood producer, Stanley Moss (Hoffman) to create a fake war because the President has been a bit naughty with an underage girl and the election is only two weeks away. With many bumps along the way, the propaganda slash fake war goes ahead and the President is free to win his election. But there are devastating consequences to this cover-up that you won’t see coming!
5. The Iron Lady (2011)
This is the story of one of the most formidable women who roamed our planet. Love her or hate her, this woman ruled England with grit and determination in a predominantly male-dominated sphere. The awe-inspiring Meryl Streep morphs into Margaret Thatcher so well you forget it’s actually her playing a role, winning the Oscar for Best Actress. Two thumbs up, Meryl! This is a great, dramatic, fierce movie with great insight into the British political system back in the day. Check it out!
Every good lunch cries out for, nay, demands something sweet to seal the deal and everyone knows that businessmen/women/politicians love a little drinky with their meal, right?! Well this dessert combines the two beautifully… Roasted Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream with Bourbon and Chocolate recipe from The Bojon Gourmet! Oh, my! Salivate with me, won’t you?
4. The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Full on action, deceit, double-crossing spies, brainwashing… this film has it all! It stars Frank Sinatra as Captain Bennett Marco, a platoon commander who had been captured and released from the dreaded Soviets. On his return home, he starts having weird dreams about one of his fellow soldiers being brainwashed by the enemy, turning him into an assassin. But that’s not all! I won’t give away the various plot twists and such but this is a classic, awesome film you simply must see!
3. Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)
With an incredible cast and a brilliant script, this movie will knock your political socks off! It focusses on U.S Representative Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks) who is a bit of a party-boy-fella, more than a serious politician. But when his cocaine use is investigated by the feds he begins focussing on more important matters like Afghanistan. He starts trying to get the U.S to fund the mujahideen and other anti-communism groups around the world! Fascinating stuff!
2. Lincoln (2012)
How good was Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln in this? So good! What a politician this man was, what change he brought, how tall he was and what a burden he had to bear. It’s all in here! History, drama, impeccable acting (resulting in an Oscar for Best Actor for Day-Lewis), cool costumes and beautifully written script. I’m a bit of a sucker for historical movies and this one hit the spot for me! Watch it for yourself and let me know what you thought. Here’s my full review with matching food (of course!) – Lincoln movie matched with tasty civil war dishes.
1. All the President’s Men (1976)
I love, love, love this movie! After all the hype, I thought I’d watch it and I loved it! Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman play Washington Post journalists who break the Watergate scandal. Yep this is another awesome movie based on real life events and it’s so exciting and BIG! The entire cast give amazing performances, the script is well paced and super-exciting and, well, it’s an education, kinda for free! And yes I have reviewed it, thanks for asking! Here it is… All the President’s Men film paired with serious dishes.
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