Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Movie time

Was able to catch the new Fox Searchlight movie "Slumdog Millionaire" on the Fox lot this past Saturday courtesy of Whitney and, sweet Pete, it's a winner. An incredible story and even more incredible direction and sets. Shooting in the shanties of Mumbai and Bombay can't be easy. A remarkable movie. You should see it.


Then last night I just happened to catch "Boogieman: The Lee Atwater Story," on Frontline. I've only known a little bit about him as Karl Rove is really my generation's divisive GOP'er. But if you're wondering where Rove learned his tricks, it's from Lee. He's kind of the classic South Carolina boy who went to Washington hell-bent on winning at any cost. Any. Cost.

The campaign he ran for H.W. Bush against Dukakis in 1988 is eerily similar to the one we just saw McCain run—chock-full of fear, racism, flat-out lies, the party's priorites placed well ahead of the country's, etc. To me, it was not only the birth of the modern Republican party but also the beginning of the end. And had he not died of a massive brain tumor in 1991, Clinton would have never come close to the White House. A fascinating story. Check you local PBS listings or catch it somehow.

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