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FCW Insider: March Madness is (Government) Movie Madness

There is a wonderful book called The Enlightened Bracketologist: The final four of everything. It essentially pulls together March Madness style brackets on... well, pretty much everything you can think of… red wines… celebrity sports couples…CEOs (Warren Buffett beat out Jack Welch)… Special thanks to 1105 Government Information Group production czar Michael Protos, who got the book for his birthday last year.

It is very fun. They have done a great job picking interesting people to 'edit' the brackets.

Anyway… for FCW's Fed 100 issue (March 24 – right in the heat of March Madness), we’re going to do a bracket of movies that have a government theme… and let people vote on these using our FCW.com poll over the next few weeks.

What we'll do is let the 'competitions' run online for three days, so you'll have to check back often.What we are doing right now is pulling together a good list of movies that have a government theme. (Earlier this month, I highlighted movies with a hacker theme, but I thought we'd focus on movies that have a government theme broadly.) So... I'm seeking your help creating the list of movies that we will then pair off for competitions. (We'll try and take similar movies, like pitting the movie Dave against the movie American President.)

So, I am posting the initial list below after spending a lot of time online over the weekend.

Here is how the process will work. Every three days, we will post a new competition among movies on FCW.com's poll site, which can be found at www.fcw.com/polls. And we are coming up with a page where we list all the brackets. I'll post that when we get all the movies and have... well, bracketed them. (You'll see how it works as we move forward.)

The first step is getting a comprehensive list of the best 32 movies with a government related them. If you know others or have suggestions, post them here... or shoot me a note.

This list is in no particular order. If you have thoughts about what movies should face off with another movie, let me know that too.

So... here are some movies.

* Breach (2007)
* Enemy of the State
* Independence Day
* War Games
* Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
* Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
* Absolute Power (1996)
All the President's Men (1975)
The American President (1995)
* Dave (1992)
* Dick (1999)
* In the Line of Fire (1993)
" JFK (1992)
* Nixon (1995)
* Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1940)
* Murder at 1600 (1997):
* No Way Out (1987)
* Thirteen Days (2000)
* The Contender (2000)
* Election (1999).
* Manchurian Candidate (1962)
* State of the Union (1948)
* The Candidate (1972)
* Wag the Dog (1997)
* The Good Shepherd (2006)
* Clear and Present Danger (1994)
* Black Hawk Down (2001)
* A Few Good Men (1992)
* The Silence of the Lambs (1991) -- she's an FBI agent, right?
* Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003)
* An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
* The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
* Primary Colors (1998)

I have 33 movies here. I think we will start with a 'seating' of 32, so one of these will go. And if you have others, send them along or post 'em here. We're looking to get this going by the end of the week. Over the next day, we'll be working on the first round battles.

Stay tuned here. I'll let you know when things get started.

Update: Got a bunch of e-mail already.

All The King's Men (1949 or 2006 ), gotta have that one

Fail-Safe (1964), good movie, but a first-round loser to Dr. Strangelove
Duck Soup (1933) -- Hey, Groucho was president/dictator of Freedonia -- that's government, isn't it?


If you want to expand the field to 48 or 64, you could go outside the U.S., for movies of kings (Lion in Winter; Beckett) or other government officials and rulers (Last King of Scotland, any number of British spy movies).


The Captive City (1952). Starring John Forsythe. Plot: A couple flee their home in a nice middle America town to reach Washington DC and appear before Sen. Kefauver’s Committee to Investigate Organized Crime. In the film’s opening and closing segments, Sen. Kefauver speaks directly to the audience.

The Man with One Red Shoe (1985)
Traffic (2000)
Seven Days in May (1964)
X-Files: Fight The Future (1998)
Bob Roberts (1992)
Citizen Kane (1941)

The Siege 1998
Man of the Year 2000
Deja Vu 2000
Bulworth 1990
Bourne Identity 2002
The Last King of Scotland 2006
Conspiracy Theory 1997
Patriot Games 1992
Swordfish 2001
Pelican Brief 1993
Behind Enemy Lines 2001
Armageddon 1998
U.S. Marshalls 1998
Clear & Present Danger 1994
Hunt for Red October 1990
Apocalypse Now 1979

Posted by Christopher J. Dorobek on Feb 27, 2008 at 12:17 PM


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