Couch Potato Briefing

Couch Potato Briefing: Are Palestinians from Mars?

Global Spin’s weekend rental movie recommendations to keep you up to speed with world events, by Tony Karon and Ishaan Tharoor

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

We start this week with Francesco Rosi’s lovely screen adaptation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s novel “Chronicle of a Death Foretold”. Why? Not simply because it features the …

Couch Potato Briefing: The Fall of the Dictator

Following the Oct. 20 killing of ousted Libyan tyrant Muammar Gaddafi, who was cornered in a sewer ditch by rebels blocking his escape from the town of Sirt, this week’s Couch Potato is all about dictators and — in most cases — their demise.

The Great Dictator

Charlie Chaplin’s classic 1940 satire of Europe’s fascist …

Couch Potato Briefing: Ten Years of War in Afghanistan

The return of the Couch Potato Briefing marks the tenth anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan.


The International Crisis Group released in August a comprehensive report detailing the continued failure of President Hamid Karzai’s government and foreign governments to harness all the resources and aid slated for …

Couch Potato Briefing: Films in the Shadow of 9/11

Global Spin’s lineup of films to watch this weekend takes its cue from the 10th year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Farenheit 9/11

Michael Moore’s fiery 2004 documentary was agitprop that packed considerable heat. Farenheit 9/11 won the Palme D’Or at Cannes, an award that stoked …

Couch Potato Briefing: Solidarity Forever!

Global Spin’s weekly offering of rental movie recommendations to bring you up to speed on world events, this week, gets in the spirit of the Labor Day weekend with five movies devoted to those who show up for work in blue collars…


For Global Spin’s money there is no finer …

Couch Potato Briefing: Movies to Watch While London and Paris Burn

Global Spin’s guide to five rental movies to bring you up to speed with world events. This week, a riot special. By Tony Karon and Ishaan Tharoor

Rude Boy

The future may be unwritten, but many observers of the past week’s events in London and other British cities sensed that its …

Couch Potato Briefing: Dictators, Delusions and Scary Animals

Global Spin’s latest installment of five rental movies to watch over the weekend, pegged to the world’s news. Presented by Ishaan Tharoor and Tony Karon.


The spectacle of a caged and bedridden Hosni Mubarak facing his accusers may have looked like an attempt to reprise of the death …

Couch Potato Briefing: Snoops, Soldiers and French Fries

Here are Global Spin’s weekend recommendations for rental movies to watch that tell you about present world news. Presented by Ishaan Tharoor and Tony Karon.

The Conversation

The U.K.’s hacking scandal roiled on this week, with News Corporation titans Rupert Murdoch and his son James …

Couch Potato Briefing: Harry Potter Special

This week’s Global Spin round-up of rental movies to watch this weekend takes its cues from the release of the last Harry Potter film — here are five flicks from around the world all steeped in their own magic.

Kiki’s Delivery Service

Hayao Miyazaki is a veritable …

Couch Potato Briefing: Happy Birthday America – and Chinese Communism

Global Spin’s weekly list of five movies to bring you up to speed with global events focuses this weekend on America’s July 4 holiday, and the 90th birthday celebrations of China’s ruling Communist Party

Independence Day

“Should we win the day,” the American President thunders, “the Fourth of July will no longer be remembered …

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