The Unknown Known (also known as The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld) is a 2013 American documentary film about the political career of former U.S. Secretary of Defense and congressman Donald Rumsfeld, directed by Academy Award winning documentarian and filmmaker Errol Morris. The film is a summary of 33 hours of interviews that Morris conducted with Rumsfeld over eleven separate sessions during visits to Newton, Massachusetts. Available on Youtube, among other places.
In 1977, three years after the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency, Richard Nixon (Frank Langella) selects British TV personality David Frost (Michael Sheen) to conduct a one-on-one, exclusive interview. Though Nixon believes it will be easy to mislead Frost, and the latter’s own team doubts that he can stand up to the former president, what actually unfolds is an unexpectedly candid and revealing interview before the court of public opinion.
The story of Dick Cheney, who overcomes several challenges in life and becomes a powerful bureaucrat in Washington. His position of vice president to George W Bush allows him to reshape the world. Available on Youtube (rent).
The documentary depicts the political intrigues that led to the unique and controversial outcome of the 2000 presidential election, including the chaotic turnout in Florida that ended with George W. Bush winning by a narrow margin.
After polio threatens his political career in the early 1920s, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Kenneth Branagh) desperately searches for a cure to his newly acquired disease, hoping to regain the use of his legs. He learns of a promising spa in Warm Springs, Ga., and travels there, only to find it dilapidated. Determined to overcome polio, Roosevelt invests in the spa’s revitalization and sets about recovering, aided by the support of his wife (Cynthia Nixon) and physical therapist (Kathy Bates). Available on HBO.
In 1974, Richard Nixon became the first American president to resign from office. During his time as president, Nixon secretly recorded every one his own private conversations held within the Oval Office for the purpose of historical reference but this very act would go against him once the Watergate scandal broke and ultimately lead to his downfall. Nixon feared that his blunt remarks recorded on tape would be taken out of context and tarnish his presidency forever, because of this he set about preventing their public release. When he died in 1994 the US government set about releasing the vast collection of recordings, which amounted to over 3,700 hours worth of listening. The final tapes were made public in 2013 and this HBO film ensued.
With exclusive access to the President, his inner circle and key opponents, VICE founder Shane Smith examines the rise of the Tea Party, the faltering of key deals, and how growing extremism has left America more divided than ever. Full documentary available on VICE.
The Comey Rule is an American political drama television miniseries, based on the book A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by former FBI director James Comey. The miniseries stars Jeff Daniels as Comey and Brendan Gleeson as President Donald Trump. Available at HBO.
The Loudest Voice is a 2019 American drama television miniseries depicting Roger Ailes as he creates and guides the rise of Fox News. It is based on the 2014 book The Loudest Voice in the Room, by Gabriel Sherman, and premiered June 30, 2019, on Showtime.
The miniseries can be seen at HBO.
John Adams gives an in-depth look at the life of one of America’s most misunderstood founders, the country’s second president John Adams. “John Adams” shows us the life story of one of the foremost figures in the creation of US independence and form of government, whose legacy has often been overshadowed by his more outgoing colleagues.
A TV-serie in seven parts that can be seen on HBO