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Politics

Run Tom Run

Run Tom Run

Filmmaker Stephen Vitale and actor Miles Fisher poke fun at the political landscape by declaring none other than Tom Cruise as a candidate for the 2020 US Presidential election. He certainly has more experience saving the world than most people, so why not? Now about that scientology thing…

Killer Ratings (Trailer)

Killer Ratings (Trailer)

Netflix’s documentary is about a wildly popular Brazilian TV show host. Wallace Souza claimed he started an anti-crime show to help people. He would go on to parlay his show’s popularity to become a politician. But investigations allege that he was more criminal than savior.

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LWT: Astroturfing

LWT: Astroturfing

(PG-13: Language) John Oliver tackles the very real and very dangerous idea of corporations and their intermediaries that set up supposed “grassroots” movements to defend flawed products and ram their agendas down the throats of an often unknowing public.

Zuckerberg: A Bad Lip Reading

Zuckerberg: A Bad Lip Reading

“So when I have The Facebook, do I also have the Internet?” Bad Lip Reading pokes fun at the congressional hearings of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, replacing the often uncomfortable and uninformed interrogation with an similarly awkward series of questions and answers.

Return to High Chaparral

Return to High Chaparral

About a year ago, MEL Films visited a Syrian refugee camp set up at a Wild West theme park in Sweden. While most documentarians would have left the story there, they decided to go back to see what happened in the wake of the changing political climate.

Triumph at Trump’s Inauguration

Triumph at Trump’s Inauguration

(PG-13, Crude humor) “The sun – just one more of the many big stars that refused to show up to this event.” Aaaand that’s about the only thing we can safely quote about Triumph the Insult Comic Dog’s recent trip to Washington.

Gigapixel Inauguration

Gigapixel Inauguration

No matter which candidate you supported, CNN’s incredible gigapixel image of Donald Trump’s inauguration will have you spying on the crowd to see who was there, playing secret fashion police, and pretending you’re with the NSA. (Thanks Chad!)

The Oldest Cocktail Bar in Paris

The Oldest Cocktail Bar in Paris

Harry’s New York Bar isn’t located in the Big Apple – it’s in Paris, France. In business since 1911, it’s not just a wonderful little speakeasy, it’s also held a straw poll every year since 1924, accurately predicting all but two U.S. elections since it started the tradition.

Adam Ruins the Border Wall

Adam Ruins the Border Wall

Adam Conover looks at Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico from a completely practical standpoint. This monstrosity would cost us tens of billions, assuming it could actually be built and staffed, and not solve the problem it’s intended to fix.

Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

When the President’s mother is killed by a supernatural creature, it fuels his passion to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers in Timur Bekmambetov’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

The Canada Party

The Canada Party

(NSFW: Language) It’s a big bowl of politically incorrect, but Chris Cannon’s video declaring The Canada Party as a potential presidential candidate pokes as much fun at them as us. (Thanks Kevin!)

Last Dictator Standing

Last Dictator Standing

Chicken x politics: Dean Blumberg’s ad for South African restaurant chain Nando’s parodies the remaining dictators left in the world; it entertains and leaves you thinking too. (Thanks Ange!)

Obama Owns a Computer

Obama Owns a Computer

Non-partisan amusement: here’s the President’s snappy response when asked if he owns a computer on Spanish television. It’s official: he doesn’t have to borrow one. (Thanks Steve!)

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The Bang Bang Club

The Bang Bang Club

Steven Silver’s The Bang Bang Club is the true story of 4 combat photographers who risked their lives to expose the brutality associated with the first free elections in post-Apartheid South Africa.

Rent is Too Damn High: The Song

Rent is Too Damn High: The Song

The Gregory Brothers finally got their hands on New York gubernatorial candidate Jimmy McMillan’s classic “Rent is Too Damn High!” debate speech, and turned it into a catchy tune. Sing along!

2011 Death and Taxes Poster

2011 Death and Taxes Poster

Regardless of whether you applaud or puke over how the government is spending the discretionary budget, there are fascinating details to review in Jess Bachman’s 2011 Death and Taxes poster.

Video: The Power Gap

Video: The Power Gap

Historical power structures and distributions aren’t exactly casual conversation, but The Power Gap succinctly distills these topics into an animated infographic a-la The Crisis of Credit.

World Leader Photographs

World Leader Photographs

Literally the most powerful pictures ever, Michael Platon’s World Leader Photographs were a semi-impromptu project taken over the course of five days at the United Nations.

Funny: Zombie Reagan

Funny: Zombie Reagan

Eat this, Pelosi: anyone with half a brain would steer clear of partisan politics, but Zombie Reagan is the ultimate answer to breathing undead life into a party on its last limbs.

Art: Invaded Space

Art: Invaded Space

Adam Richardson uses humor and irony to address a politically sensitive topic with Invaded Space; taken at face value, it blends Boston.com’s war photography with 8-bit retro goodness.

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Movie Trailer: Invictus

Movie Trailer: Invictus

A potent mix of sports and history, Invictus is the true story of how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) and a rugby team captain (Matt Damon) bring political change to South Africa.

Layar x Recovery.gov

Layar x Recovery.gov

Augmented reality goes political with Sunlight Labs’ Recovery.gov and Layar mashup; it gives us a tangible idea of where the $787 billion in Uncle Sam’s pocket change has gone.

Short Film: Duelity

Short Film: Duelity

Kudos to VFS students Marcos Ceravolo and Ryan Uhrich for tackling an emotionally charged topic with wit and irony: Duelity puts creationism and evolution in each other’s shoes.

USA The Franken Way

USA The Franken Way

Setting political allegiances (or the lack thereof) aside, Senator Al Franken draws the US map from memory at the Minnesota State Fair; this should be required viewing for all politicians.

Funny: Minotaur Maze

Funny: Minotaur Maze

A thinly-veiled jab at Guantanamo, The Onion’s Minotaur Maze does such a good job parroting pundit arguments that it’s just like a real-life political talk shows: mostly bulls***.

Funny: US Gov’t Fake Coup

Funny: US Gov’t Fake Coup

The US government goes bankrupt in style by staging a fake coup, complete with the storming of Congress, blowing up the Treasury and renaming the country to the Empire of Octavia.

Choose Your Apocalypse

Choose Your Apocalypse

With a recession, 2012, and Jackie Chan fighting viruses, the end-time signs are all here; Slate’s Choose Your Own Apocalypse lets you choose 144 possible causes of America’s death.

Video: One Trillion Dollars

Video: One Trillion Dollars

Even a million bucks is beyond our comprehension, but WallStats and Mint.com try to put the trillion-dollar bailout in perspective above. The result: mind-numbing amounts of money.

2010 Death and Taxes

2010 Death and Taxes

Jess Bachman’s 2010 Death and Taxes poster is an exciting one for bean counters and watchdogs alike: a new administration equals plenty of shuffling for our precious tax dollars.

Auto-Tune the News

Auto-Tune the News

Auto-Tune the News is genius; the video above not only pans the media and pokes fun at politicians but does the seemingly impossible: it makes CSPAN exciting. Thanks, Jay!

Mexico Builds Border Wall

Mexico Builds Border Wall

The Onion’s latest political satire video doesn’t disappoint: Mexico Builds Border Wall To Keep Out US Assholes has us rethinking our next booze-swilling expedition to Cancun.

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