Our panel of critics name the movies they’d force our current President to watch, even if the experience might not do him any good.
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)
This week’s question: If you could force Donald J. Trump to watch one movie for any reason (whether to educate him, torture him, amuse him, etc.), what would it be and why?
Tomris Laffly (@TomiLaffly), Film Journal, Film School Rejects
Can you really educate Trump through cinema? I think not. Put this year’s devastating trio of Syrian documentaries in front of him, and he’d say, “those people, including children, get what they deserve.” Make him watch a climate change film, and he’d call it fake news. For crying out loud, expose his eyeballs to “Finding Dory” and he’d probably mock poor Dory’s short-term memory loss problem and say something like, “that loser Dory had it coming,” and even claim baby fish who have pre-existing conditions like Dory should just curl up and die as they don’t deserve healthcare.
I mean, we’re talking about a through and through sociopath here who completely lacks decency, logic and other forms of human things. I guess a good form of torture would be making him watch “The Big Sick.” Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE THIS FILM ABOVE AND BEYOND. We, as normal people, know and understand that “The Big Sick” tells a beautiful, heartwarming story about cross-cultural acceptance and empathy that celebrates love. He’d probably be disturbed by those themes. So…why not?
Charles Bramesco (@intothecrevasse), Freelance for the Guardian, Nylon, Vulture
I’d show him the movie they show Alex in “A Clockwork Orange” that makes him violently ill whenever he tries to do something evil. Trump’s impervious to reason, logic, pleading,…