Thursday, August 12, 2004

Summer Box Office Connects the Dots

'Manchurian Candidate' movie posterEllen Dana Nagler has been talking about movies over on BOPnews this week, and the way movies tap into our dark anxieties.

'Fahrenheit 9/11' movie posterI say she's onto something. Because every movie I've seen lately seems to speak directly about politics. And I don't mean Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 or the remake of The Manchurian Candidate--I mean movies that aren't overtly about politics.

'I, Robot' movie posterI, Robot is a great example. I am a long-time fan of Isaac Asimov's science fiction, and many writers have made their social commentary palatable by disguising it as science fiction. The movie tells a great story, and a presents who-dunnit mystery (unfortunately marred by the obscenely conspicuous and gratuitous product placements)--but the subtext is all about how when we stop being skeptical and give up too much power, all our power may be taken away from us. (I would have cheered at some of the more politically apt moments in the movie if Neil hadn't been there to restrain me.) ;)

'The Village' movie poster We also saw M. Night smallness Village last weekend, a great movie about a community united by the threat of an external attack--which some people exploit and wind up trapped or damaged by their own duplicity. It seemed far too similar too the way the Bush cartel jumps at the chance to exploit national security issues for political gain.

'Napoleon Dynamite' movie posterFinally, there's Napoleon Dynamite, a delightfully off-the-wall film (maybe I have a soft spot because I dated a guy who is a dead ringer for Napoleon, and because I, too, was sent to school in moon boots). Okay, so it is not a "political" movie per se. However, it is certainly a movie about the importance of picking the right campaign manager--and I'm happy to recommend it to political organizers and potential candidates on that basis.

What about the movies you are watching: Are you getting the same impressions? And do you think anyone else in the audience is connecting the dots?

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Kerry Campaign HQ Grand Openings this week!

Virginia Victory '04 campaign headquarters are having their grand openings this week and here is the open invitation:

The Richmond office will officially open on Wednesday, August 11, at 7 p.m. with an office opening party for local Democrats.

The Fairfax County office will open the following Sunday, August 15, at 2 p.m., also with an office opening party for local Democrats.

For more information, contact Abbi Easter at the Democratic Party of Virginia at 804.644.1966.

State Headquarters
2112 West Laburnum Avenue, Suite 204
Richmond, Virginia 23227-4358
Office: 804.355.0404
Fax: 804.254.1649

Northern Virginia Regional Office
2722 Merrilee Drive Suite 310
Fairfax, Virginia 22031-4400
Office: 703.207.2004

Via Documenting Democracy

Blog with your Congressman

Virginia Congressman Rick Boucher (District 9) is guestblogging for Larry Lessig this week, and it seems that the whole of the ‘net is abuzz about it. Yesterday he blogged about the Induce Act, and today the Digital Media Consumers’ Rights Act (DCRA) and fair use. He’s not only writing up entries, but then engaging in discussion with the folks who provide intricate queries about his policy positions. It’s rare that a representative has this level of knowledge on a topic of such importance, and, armed with that knowledge, does the right thing, but that’s Rick Boucher.

If you are interested in file sharing (yes, as in MP3's), copy rights and the internet, or would just like the opportunity for open access to one of Virginia's top Democrats, stop by the blog and join in the discussion.

Via Waldo Jaquith.

Sunday, August 08, 2004

GOP resorts to the spare Keyes

So I hear Alan Keyes, former GOP presidential hopeful, will be running for a Senate seat from Illinois against everyone's favorite rising star, Barack Obama. Now don't get me wrong, this nearly guarantees that Illinois will produce only the fifth black senator in US history, and that's good.

But I mean, come on! Alan Keyes!? Keyes criticized Hillary for running for Senate in New York and now he's doing the exact same thing in Illinois. However Hillary went to New York so that she could make a positive impact on that state and this nation. Keyes is running in Illinois specifically to stop Obama from reaching the Senate (But a Keyes victory seems altogether unlikely). Thus his campaign already smells of that familiar negative GOP funk.

Read the AP article here.