I am in no way ashamed to say that President’s Day is my favorite of any holiday ever invented. There are no cards, no gifts, no dinners and no complaining. It’s one of those “feel good” holidays, simply because having a day off makes us all feel real good.
However, it wouldn’t be right if we ignored the real reason behind why we celebrate…to acknowledge our President. Or is it other Presidents? Wait, who exactly are we remembering anyway? And are we remembering or acknowledging? Do you even care?
While most of us (okay, me) try to figure out exactly what we’re supposed to be doing this President’s Day, let us look back on some of the more memorable Presidential-themed films. From a President who kicks ass to those that act like one, it’s all about another three-day weekend on this week’s Trailer Park…
- Independence Day - After first watching Independence Day, how much did you wish Bill Pullman was our President? While the world is being taken over by alien creatures, our commander-in-chief gets in a fighter plane and leads an attack against the enemy. Because of his early training in the Air Force, the planet was saved from destruction. Wasn’t our current President in the Air Force? Hmm, should we be worried?
- Wag the Dog - The word “underrated” was created for films like Wag the Dog, a political satire that rings all too true in today’s unforgiving world. Robert De Niro plays a Presidential adviser who hires wacky Hollywood producer, Dustin Hoffman, in an attempt to create a fictitious war in Albania in order to make the President look like a hero after scandal engulfs him. Though extremely entertaining, the film does make us wonder what kind of truth is really lurking in the bushes.
- JFK - How can we ever forget this three-hour Oliver Stone film that still hasn’t ended? Here, Kevin Costner plays Jim Garrison, a New Orleans District Attorney hell bent on uncovering the truth behind the assassination of President John F. Kennedy…even if it costs him his life. Hey, if you can sit through this one more than once, get Guinness on the phone – you may have broken a record.
- All the President's Men - In this classic film, Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman play Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein; two men who, with their articles, helped to uncover a scandal that began with a minor break-in at the Watergate hotel and ended with the resignation of President Richard Nixon. The acting here is superb, including a performance by Jason Robards as Post editor, Ben Bradlee. While some to the right may feel this film swings a little too far to the left, it does a great job of re-creating the nastiness that went down back in the early 70’s.
- Dave - When the President falls into a coma due to some intense sex with a woman who’s not his wife, a goofy impersonator is summoned to temporarily take his place so that the country doesn’t fall to pieces. While the evil Chief of Staff sees this as the perfect opportunity to take over, he doesn’t count on an idiotic Kevin Kline to fall in love with the First Lady and somehow change the country for the better. Why do I feel like this has happened to us for real, only the outcome was a lot worse?