Films to stoke that GE2015 fever

Make the most of your day off by gorging on our round-up of the five best politically charged movies, once you’ve cast your vote of course.

Today's the day. You'll have to make that important decision. Will it be an Apple iPhone 6s or another Google Android smartphone in your hands?

No wait, it's also Singapore's Polling Day. Singaporeans will be making their way to the voting stations and determine the future of their nation. With Cooling Off Day over, the election fever, though still relatively high, has somewhat dampened the fervour of the days of campaigning.

We say it's time to re-stoke that fire. So we present these movies that'll keep you in the mood as you await for the final votes to be in and the counting begins. Which, by the way, usually lasts till midnight, giving you plenty of time to do this movie marathon.

Additional text by Tein Hee Seow

The Iron Lady

A biopic of the British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher with Meryl Streep winning an Oscar for her stunning portrayal of the famous politician who ruled the UK with an iron fist for 11 years. Told from the perspective of an elderly, practically house bound Thatcher it looks back over the achievements and major historical events that defined her remarkable political career and examines the personal sacrifices she made to achieve her political power.

In the Loop

This biting and expletive-laden black comedy is definitely not for the sensitive but offers up a biting satire on British and US politics and the ultimately misguided invasion of Iraq. Current Doctor Who Peter Capaldi puts in a scathingly vicious performance as the Prime Minister’s Director of Communications, Malcom Tucker as he looks to control the views an assorted band of hapless politicians and generals with suitably chaotic results. A spin off from the equally vicious UK series In the Thick of It, director and co-writer Armando Iannucci then went on to create hit US political-comedy Veep.

Milk

Sean Penn puts in an Oscar winning performance as real life activist Harvey Milk, who eventually became the first openly gay man to be elected into public office in America. The movie follows Milk as he moves from New York to San Francisco and charts his struggle against prejudice to unite people across the political spectrum including troubled city supervisor Dan White (Josh Brolin). Without giving any spoilers away that relationship doesn’t end well but Penn puts in a heartwarming and moving portrayal of a man who did much to change the face of American politics.

All the President’s Men

The fascinating real-life story of the Watergate scandal that brought down Richard Nixon is given the all-star treatment by the casting of Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman in the roles of two reporters for the Washington Post. Their investigation of a seemingly minor break in at the Democratic Party National headquarters ends up having major ramifications after a mysterious informant they dub ‘deep throat’ puts them on a trail of evidence that takes them all the way to the very heart of the White House.

The Campaign

A bit of comedy could loosen up the tension of the election fever, so take a look at The Campaign, starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. The wheelings and dealings of Ferrell's character, Democractic Congressmen Cam Brady, is over-the-top and a sharp contrast to the down-to-earth character of Galifianakis' humble Marty Huggins. The campaigning methods portrayed here should be taken with a lighthearted view, but hey, who's to say some of them did not take a bit of inspiration from real-life? After all, mudslinging is pretty common. Except for a punch to a baby. That's a big no-no for any campaigns.