Wednesday Media Roundup

I saw Before Sunset last night and really, really liked it. The dialogue was a little forced at times, especially Julie Delpy’s, but that might just be an inevtiable feature of a movie that consists entirely of one conversation shot with a series of long tracking shots (and also because Ethan Hawke — and I can’t believe I’m writing this — is arguably the better actor of the pair). Hawke and Delpy are a little younger than me, but we’re clearly all of the same generation; a lot of the film’s appeal to me extended from the same sort of “hey, that’s us!” feeling that people one or two generations up the line felt when they watched The Big Chill. I don’t have a confining loveless marriage, but there are certainly times I’d like to run away to Paris.

Before I went to bed I tuned in to Hardball on MSNBC. I don’t know why, but I used to find the program almost unwatchable, and now I’m completely compelled by it. I used to find Chris Matthews brash and bombastic; I now find him delightful and bombastic. In any case, last night’s interview with bombastic turncoat Senator Zell Miller was amazing television; here’s Matthews blogging about the interview (there’s a link to a video of the internew on that page, but it’s only viewable in Internet Explorer).


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Wayne on September 2, 2004 - 20:13 Permalink

Zell Miller is not a “turncoat” for the simple reason he is still a Democrat…and a smart one, to boot! He is no girly-man Democrat.

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Lisa Howard on September 2, 2004 - 20:14 Permalink

I sometimes miss having TV, but I can still see things on my computer of course. Lately, I’ve really been enjoying the Daily Show online.…

I’ve posted the site as my web page which should make it clickable.

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Ken on September 3, 2004 - 14:54 Permalink

Zell Miller flipped out! He angry old feller! Zell hath fury, gonna kill those evildoers after he puts them through ‘gym class’ (Abu Graib).
He’s smart alright, smarts like a whip! Smart like Wilbur, same case of 70 year old bitterness.

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jeff on September 3, 2004 - 20:01 Permalink

Crazy old man or not…he did the job he was there to do which was drive a truck over Kerry’s favourables with the public. If a Republican speaker had made those basically false charges the way he did then there’d be a media circus but since it’s a Democrat saying them suddenly the standard changes.

It may not pretty but unfortunately it works

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Wayne on September 6, 2004 - 15:12 Permalink

It works, for sure. Just ask Michael Moore!