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 …

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 …

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 …

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: 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 …

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