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Hey, there, my dear nonexistent readers. This is a reminder to any of you who live in LA or New York:
John Cusack’s new movie, War, Inc. opens this weekend at a single theater in each of those cities. In Los Angeles, it’s showing at the Landmark (10850 W. Pico Blvd.), and in New York, it’s at the Angelika Film Center (18 W. Houston St.).
As I said a few posts back, this movie looks great! The clips I’ve seen are smart and hilarious in a dark, rebellious sort of way, and the buzz from people who have seen it is very good. Cusack has a MySpace page set up where you can watch the trailer and various clips from the movie. Better yet, just go see it!
I know, it’s a bit unusual to see me so enthusiastic about a movie. But here’s the deal:
- According to Cusack’s MySpace page, the movie will only go into wider release if it does well at these two theaters.
- I really want to see this movie.
- I live nowhere near New York or Los Angeles, so the only way I will get to see it is if it goes into wider release.
So if you live in NYC or LA, and the trailer looks good to you, go see the movie! Now! Hurry! Go!
And by the way, I still think Bush and Cheney ought to be impeached.
This is an open letter to any friends of Hillary Clinton out there.
It may be time to stage an intervention.
Clearly, the woman needs help to overcome her denial and see that her obsession with winning the presidency has become a problem not only for her, but also for her friends and family. And by “friends and family” I mostly mean the Democratic party – though I would imagine that Chelsea, at least, is getting rather tired of the whole dog and pony show by now, as well.
Yes, okay, fine, she had a strong showing in West Virginia last night. So what? West Virginia has, what, 28 delegates at the national convention later this summer? That’s not enough to change the race.
And she didn’t even win all of those delegates. Obama got 8. At this point, she would need to win, like, 90 percent of all remaining pledged delegates just to pull even with Obama. And that’s not even counting all the superdelegates who are now jumping onto the Obama bandwagon because they want to be seen as backing the winner while their vote still matters. Or the Edwards pledged delegates, who are likely to switch to the Obama column given the Edwards endorsement today.
At this point, all Hillary can hope to accomplish is to weaken the Democratic Party at a time when the party can least afford it.
And that’s why Hillary’s friends need to come together and gently, lovingly tell her to knock it the fuck off before she causes even more harm to her friends and family.
Okay, this is not exactly a movie review, I guess, since I haven’t seen it yet.
Please. Like I have those kinds of contacts.
Still, it’s a movie that I’m really looking forward to, assuming it ever makes it here to Redstatesville. Which it may not. It is opening May 23rd in a few theaters in New York and L.A. Wider release presumably (hopefully) to follow.
The movie, War, Inc., is by all accounts a mish-mash of genres and a wicked satire of the highest order. John Cusack (who also co-wrote and produced the picture) stars as hitman Brand Hauser (NB: not the same character as the hitman Cusack plays in Grosse Pointe Blank, another wonderful movie he co-wrote, produced and starred in), who is hired by the management of a Halliburton/Blackwater-style corporation called Tamerlane to assassinate the head of a rival company. The story involves the first ever entirely corporate-managed foreign war in a country called Turaqistan, and is clearly based on the Iraq war fiasco, while exploring themes similar to those found in the documentary Iraq for Sale and Naomi Klein’s wonderful book on disaster capitalism, The Shock Doctrine.
[Side note: if you haven’t read Klein’s book yet, you ought to pick up a copy at your earliest opportunity. Like now. Really. It’s that good (and disturbing), and it will change the way you look at a lot of major events you see reported in the news. Seriously, head over to Amazon.com or (better yet) your favorite independent bookstore and pick up a copy NOW. This blog will still be here when you get back, I promise.]
I’ve always thought that Grosse Pointe Blank – Cusack’s 1997 movie about a hitman in existential crisis who attends his ten-year high school reunion – ought to be required viewing for anyone thinking about becoming a corporate attorney (they call them hired guns for a reason, folks!). Martin Blank’s recurring assertion that “It’s not me” in that movie goes to the heart of a lot of business dealings that are too easily rationalized as “It’s just business, nothing personal.”
War, Inc., looks even better in that regard, from what I’ve heard, and the early buzz I’ve heard is very positive.
So why am I writing about a movie that I haven’t seen yet? A movie that, in fact, may not open here in Redstatesville where I live?
Because this thing really looks brilliant. Don’t believe me? Check out the clips and blurbs on Cusack’s MySpace page.
Also, because I am hoping that one of you, my dear nonexistent readers, has seen it (it was apparently showing in Toronto last week) or will see it soon (as noted, it opens in NY and LA on May 23rd). So I’m putting out a call here: if anyone reading this little blog sees it (either opening weekend or before then) and wants to post a proper review (or even an improper review) here, please contact me directly at janedoe [at] inbox.com.
Worst case scenario, I will post a review myself if/when it opens here in Redstatesville (or somewhere within relatively easy driving distance of here).
In the mean time, of course, I still think Bush and Cheney ought to be impeached.
Follow-up: minor formatting corrections. Sorry for the multiple posts, RSS subscribers.
It was probably inevitable. Blame it on peer pressure, temporary insanity, or late-night caffeine-induced hallucinations, if you want.
I have set up a MySpace page.
But I have a good reason for it – honestly. It’s so I can keep up with certain political groups and musical artists that interest me.
Don’t believe me? Check out my rather anemic “friends” list. Am I actually friends with John Cusack, Billy Bragg, or Elvis Costello? Hah! I wish I were that cool. The sad reality is, I’m not even that cool in my dreams.
Anyway, I figured that as long as I was signing up for the free internet real estate, I would start posting a mirror of my blog there, as well. I haven’t figured out a good way to link directly to my real blog, so for now I’ll just post copies of my posts here over there.
So why am I mentioning this at all? Because there may be a few of you, my dear nonexistent readers, who are into the whole MySpace scene, and would prefer to get updates from my blog on your MySpace home page instead of via a bookmark or RSS aggregator. For whatever reason. So feel free to stop on by and add me as a friend, or, like, whatever. You can also check out what I’m reading at the moment, and see my countdown clock that is marking the days, hours, and minutes (still too many) until George Bush is out of office.
And you can also not post comments and messages to me there, just like most of you don’t post them here.
So feel free to check out my place over there. Of course, I’m dealing with the same anonymity issues there as I am here – specifically, the fact that I can’t have anything there or here that directly links my readers to my real life identity. Because I like my day job and would like to keep it for now. Thus there will be no entertaining pictures of your faithful blogger to make fun of, beyond a somewhat smaller version of the banner from this blog.
Anyway, stop on by and be sure to not leave a message for me!
P.S. As always, I still believe that Bush and Cheney ought to be impeached.
Update: Okay, I’ve been doing the MySpace thing for a while now, and I have to admit, it’s pretty cool. I’ve “met” some really interesting people there, and I have to say that I’ve found some really good blogs there, too. So maybe, I was lame for thinking going there was lame. Or is that too recursive?
Okay, maybe I’m being a bit extreme when I say that. I honestly hope it won’t come down to it. But if Hillary and her minions do exercise the nuclear option, I’m not sure I’ll have a major party candidate I can in good conscience vote for come November. I am quite certain many other Democrats and independents feel the same way. Which means what seemed impossible just a year ago – a Republican victory in this year’s presidential election – may be looming on the horizon.
Perhaps I should back up a bit, and explain what I mean by all this.
The Huffington Post is reporting today that Clinton’s supporters may exercise what is known as the nuclear option – forcing a rules change through the Democratic Party’s rules and bylaws committee to retroactively allow delegates from Florida and Michigan to be seated at the national convention in Denver.
Those states held their primaries early – in violation of Democratic party rules – and current rules prevent the seating of any delegates selected in those primaries.
The candidates knew and agreed in advance that the primaries for those states wouldn’t count – Barack Obama’s name didn’t even appear on the Michigan ballots. Yet the Clinton people are now trying to force their delegates to be seated at the convention because that’s the only shot she has at winning the delegate count at this point.
I understand the frustration that voters in those states must be feeling that their primary votes will not be counted in this year’s close race. But both states were given opportunities to remedy their actions to comply with national party rules, and neither state chose to do so.
I find the Clinton camp’s behavior in recent weeks extremely troubling. First, one cannot help but feel a bit dizzy with all the spinning that they’ve been trying to do lately – only swing states matter, or only big states matter, or only primary states (as opposed to caucus states) matter. They’ve done everything on that front but just come out and flatly say that only states that went for Hillary in the primary matter.
But it’s not just the spinning of primary results that is troubling – that’s part of the game, after all. Rather, it is the fact that she seems to be bent on doing the Republican’s work for them, when all reasonable strategies for victory would now no longer work for her, that I find most troubling. Suggesting that Obama hasn’t passed some sort of “commander in chief test”, making insinuations about his electability (um, sugar, he’s getting more votes than you — doesn’t that say enough about relative electability?), implying that McCain would somehow be more qualified to lead than Obama…this is not the way to make sure the party can move forward once the convention in Denver is over.
If Hillary is so bent on winning that she is willing to risk the destruction of her own political party, how can we hope that she can build the kinds of coalitions necessary to heal this country after eight years of the Decider-in-Chief?
My own state’s primaries are long over. And, in fact, my state is one of the states that, in Hillary’s mind, doesn’t really count. Barring an incident with John McCain eating an aborted fetus during a televised debate in October, my state will most likely end up in the red come election night this year. So what I say may not matter to Hillary and her supporters.
Nevertheless, I feel I must say it.
If Hillary is somehow successful in her efforts to derail the Obama train, and she becomes the Democratic Party’s nominee, I’m not sure I can in good conscience vote for her.
I didn’t always feel that way. Back when we were voting here in Redstatesville, I was actually happy to have two candidates I felt I could support. Yes, I voted for Obama, but I would have accepted and backed Hillary at that point if she had been the winner.
Now, I don’t trust her further than I could comfortably throw her pantsuited ass.
I realize that politics at the national level require certain levels of nerve, chutzpah, and narcissism. A certain amount of making nice with people whose views are appalling to you is a real necessity. But anyone who is willing to go to the lengths she has been lately in order to achieve power is in no way to be trusted with that power.
So if it comes down to a race between her and McCain, I may be writing in Obama. Or – worse yet – not voting in at all in the presidential race.
I don’t really see any other choice for me. I can’t vote for McCain, of course. But at some point, my loyalty to the Democratic Party will stretch no further. I will not vote for a candidate whose tactics I find repugnant.
I don’t think I am alone in feeling this way, either.
Which means that McCain is looking more and more likely to win this sucker come November.
Thus, the Canada option.
P.S. Of course, none of this changes the fact that I really think that Bush and Cheney ought to be impeached. And tried for crimes against humanity and for violating the laws of this nation, the constitution, and their oaths of office.
Sorry, folks. I am wrapping up a semester from hell. This blog’s normal operations should be starting up again in the next day or so.
Of course, normal is a relative term.