Its a seasonal thing. Something like Raya or Christmas movies but never quite like it. Something like a seasonal sport movie, but again, nothing like it too. Unlike the sport or Raya or Christmas movies, election year movies are never a seasonal affair. Or, for the matter, they never come annually. But they are, however, more anticipated, and much like the Soccer World Cup which comes around every 4 years. And boy, when they come, they sure do come!
As much as I hate US politics, I sure do love their election year movies(EYM). Maybe, its because they are free. Maybe not. For I remember the first EYM I ever saw was Mr. Smith Goes To Washington. Hang on! I think that was an EYM. It could have been anything else but I'm pretty sure it was an EYM. But I was too small to remember anything but James Stewart and several scenes especially when Mr. Stewart stood on the speaker's stand of the senate complete with a thermos flask and an apple, simply because he wanted to win his case against the US Senate. It is a beautiful movie about standing for a principal one believes in. Ok, it was near to a tear-jerker and somewhat of a modern day fairy tale. But you have to understand the movie was made in 1939 when most films of the era carry some sort of message. You may disagree with me, but I sure do love the film...and the actor, Mr James Stewart. You might, if you wish to, catch a glimpse of the movie here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWyEc7FAMTg as embedding has been disabled.
Another EYM I love is a movie I just cannot recall the title nor of the cast except for Dana Delaney. You, ahem, do have to excuse me here but she simply looked fabulous in the movie. And just when I thought I've forgotten all about EYM, especially in view of the upcoming General Election here in Malaysia, HBO presented a surprise!
On the stroke of midnight just now, HBO played the movie Man of The Year with Robbin Williams as the lead actor, and boy you going to love this, Christopher Plummer in a supporting role! Mama mia, what a pair they make! One was crazy as a loony tune and the other with almost an iron cast expression! Who would thought they would click together in an EYM which is almost a satire as it is a comedy in itself? Er...yeah, I do know the two words means almost the same. And you have to blame it on Robbin Williams if ever I am confused.
Sadly, as much as I enjoyed watching it I did not see it to the end, as I was beginning to feel sleepy and had not performed my Isyak. And since I do hate missing parts of a movie, I decided not to continue afterwards. However, I have marked the next most convenient time slot and would like to recommend my friends to watch it. That is, off course, if you have not. DocTA, Cikgu, Kerp, MS, Mior, MB, Lin, Pak Zabs, Pak Zawi, The Doctor, Fatin, and somehow, I get the feeling Accia would most especially love the movie. It will be on air again at 3pm on Sunday.
Hmm...now how do I sign off. Oh ok! There are several adorable lines I love in this movie and I'm going to end this entry with just one from Robin Willilams: "We are going to have an adventure. And you are all in it."