Comments of the Week: September 1 – 7

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The political conventions have consumed much of the past two weeks, but our commenters are always good at distracting us, at least for a little while. (Or a long while, if you actually follow through on all the movie suggestions contained below…)

Jim Dandy on Richard Corliss’s review of Terrence Malick’s new filmTo The Wonder, reminds us of the value of skirting convention:

I’m just grateful there are film-makers in this world who don’t model themselves on Michael Bay…

formerlyjamesm on Andrea Sachs’ Q&A with Jon Friedman, who wrote a book about the lessons we can learn from Bob Dylan, notes that there’s an unconventional quality about Bob Dylan that not everyone can duplicate:

Life lesson #1, it helps to be born a genius.

And finally, lots of folks had suggestions for movies left off our convention-themed list of the 15 Best Political Films of All Time. In a bit of a departure from comments-of-the-week style (we’re unconventional too!), in case you’re itching for more recommendations, here are all of those suggestions:

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, 1964
  • Dave, 1993
  • Bob Roberts, 1992
  • A Face in the Crowd, 1957
  • Advise & Consent, 1962
  • The Ides of March, 2011
  • Primary Colors, 1998
  • The American President, 1995
  • Charlie Wilson’s War, 2007
  • V for Vendetta, 2005
  • All the King’s Men, 1949
  • Nixon, 1995
  • Taxi Driver, 1976
  • In The Loop, 2009
  • Citizen Kane, 1941
  • Citizen Ruth, 1996
  • The Last Hurrah, 1958
  • City Hall, 1996
  • State of the Union, 1948
  • Thirteen Days, 2000
  • Gabriel Over the White House, 1933
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