US Presidents Archive

  • What counts for truth in cinema? The rise and rise of the biopic.

    Truth & Movies: The Desert of the Real

    What counts for truth in cinema? The rise and rise of the biopic.

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  • Meeting Oliver Stone.

    Meeting Mr Stone

    Meeting Oliver Stone.

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  • Paper accepted at Rider University for The Films of Oliver Stone with Stone/Dubya: The Improbable President.

    The Films of Oliver Stone Conference

    Paper accepted at Rider University for The Films of Oliver Stone with Stone/Dubya: The Improbable President.

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  • Dan Fierman talks to Oliver Stone.

    Oliver Stone interview

    Dan Fierman talks to Oliver Stone.

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  • Nice piece on Nixon on the Guardian today, in Alex von Tunzelmann‘s fresh Reel History column. Hope she doesn’t do Frost/Nixon, I’ve invested a lot in those jokes.

    Tricky Dick

    Nice piece on Nixon on the Guardian today, in Alex von Tunzelmann‘s fresh Reel History column. Hope she doesn’t do Frost/Nixon, I’ve invested a lot in those jokes.

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  • As part of my research for the Presidents at the Movies book, I’ve read a few studies of life in post-occupation Iraq. Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s in depth account of his exeperiences in the Green Zone are terrifying; mispent funds, disorganisation and a politic driven entirely by the needs of the Bush administration (particularly relating to a second term). Of course, we know all of that, but Rajiv places it into a context that anyone who has […]

    Imperial Life in the Emerald City

    As part of my research for the Presidents at the Movies book, I’ve read a few studies of life in post-occupation Iraq. Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s in depth account of his exeperiences in the Green Zone are terrifying; mispent funds, disorganisation and a politic driven entirely by the needs of the Bush administration (particularly relating to a second term). Of course, we know all of that, but Rajiv places it into a context that anyone who has […]

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  • Am back on the Presidents at The Movies chapter, looking at satire of Bush in TV and movies…wonder what Will Ferrell’s doing now. And some actual Bush wisdom? “I say that if you say you are going to do something, and you don’t do it, that’s trustworthiness.” True.

    Bush Whacker

    Am back on the Presidents at The Movies chapter, looking at satire of Bush in TV and movies…wonder what Will Ferrell’s doing now. And some actual Bush wisdom? “I say that if you say you are going to do something, and you don’t do it, that’s trustworthiness.” True.

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  • Really enjoying this very considered analysis of Dubya and his presidency, some distance from Worse Than Watergate, which I’ve just finished and was surprised at its tabloid tone. Published in 2003, this collection of essays is incredibly prescient as to the manner in which US foreign policy played out, and offers some insight into the reasons for this.

    Greenstein “The George W. Bush Presidency: An Early Assessment”

    Really enjoying this very considered analysis of Dubya and his presidency, some distance from Worse Than Watergate, which I’ve just finished and was surprised at its tabloid tone. Published in 2003, this collection of essays is incredibly prescient as to the manner in which US foreign policy played out, and offers some insight into the reasons for this.

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  • Just finishing up my contribution to the forthcoming President’s At The Movies book, on Oliver Stone’s W, and spending the long nights of despair reading up on the legacy of Dubya’s legacy. It’s not easy reading.

    Worse than Watergate?

    Just finishing up my contribution to the forthcoming President’s At The Movies book, on Oliver Stone’s W, and spending the long nights of despair reading up on the legacy of Dubya’s legacy. It’s not easy reading.

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  • Just returned from the University of London’s stunning Senate House (which looks more than a little like the corporate HQ of Tyrell Corp. in Bladerunner), where I was presenting a paper on Ron Howard’s Frost/Nixon for the Remembering Watergate symposium, organised by Professor Iwan Morgan of the Institute for the Study of the Americas. This is the third time I’ve schlepped across the country to deliver versions of the paper this year. I’ve tweaked it […]

    Nixon, Me, Frost and W.

    Just returned from the University of London’s stunning Senate House (which looks more than a little like the corporate HQ of Tyrell Corp. in Bladerunner), where I was presenting a paper on Ron Howard’s Frost/Nixon for the Remembering Watergate symposium, organised by Professor Iwan Morgan of the Institute for the Study of the Americas. This is the third time I’ve schlepped across the country to deliver versions of the paper this year. I’ve tweaked it […]

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