Two Films I Highly Recommend 1. The Big Buy: Tom DeLay's Stolen Congress. I saw this film last night at a screening at the Unitarian Univeralist Church in the Hillcrest area of San Diego. This was a great film by Robert Greenwald, the filmmaker who put foot to ass to Roger Ailes in OutFoxed. I recommend that you see it even if you know the fill story about DeLay. The only deficiency other that the rather plain cinematography is the fact that the film would have to be 10 hours long to document the entirety of DeLay’s sleaziness. For instance, I was disappointed that it didn’t address the way DeLay went to bat for predatory business owners in the Northern Mariana Islands who operated sweatshops and forced female employees to become prostitutes and have abortions when they became pregnant (this from a guy who claims to speak for Christian Americans). Of course, this isn’t the film’s fault that DeLay is such a sleazy pol.
2. Hot Chicks is a film that adapts several of Jack T. Chick’s tracts into short films. I saw this at the LA Film Festival. Although the individual films didn’t have high budgets, they did great and creative adaptations of Chick tracts. I gave it the highest rating on my film festival survey. Also, get a Hot Chicks shirt.
Addendum: The DeLaty Gooogle bomb
1. Copy and paste the following to your web site or on an internet bulletin board:
I received an email recently from someone saying that this blog is no longer the cutting edge source of media information that it used to be and that I devote a lot of space to matters not of media interest such as my Hollywood party crashing and the latest on Jack Chick.
First, let me comment on the slight change in format. I devote less time to media issues right now for a few reasons: 1) I’m working full-time and right now I can’t devote the time to making this blog the kind of blog it has been in the past. This will change in about a month when my work project is over and I can monitor the media more. 2) Some great sites have come along since I started blogging and have taken up the slack on media issues: they include Media Matters, Brad Blog, Crooks and Liars, The Huffington Post, and Calling All Wingnuts. 3) The reason that I focus a lot on Hollywood parties and Jack Chick’s work is that these are things I like and often times I’m the only one—or the first one—to report on these issues. Hey, where else on the blogosphere can you read a firsthand account of the Superman Returns world premiere after-party? The good news is that things will change with this blog. Ironically, I have really been stepping up my game recently--it's just that the results have not been made manifest on the blog yet. I will update you when the time is right. I’ve been doing a lot of work on projects related to the blog that will be unveiled probably by the first week in September.
So continue to stop by the blog.
Postscript: What’s the deal with Jack Chick? Actually I’m not a real political person (I visited DC ten years ago and couldn’t wait to get out of there) and, ironically, Chick got me into politics. In the early 1990’s when I was a young grad student, I was interested in conspiratorial thinking—I liked Richard Hofstadter’s writings on these issues. Chick was by the most interesting (and amusing) conspiracy theorist I came across.
This led me to study contemporary politics in the 1990’s when I discovered that supposed mainstream political thinkers like Rush Limp—er, I mean Limbaugh, Jerry Falwell, and Roger Ailes were espousing bizarre conspiracy theories about the Clintons that rivaled the paranoia of Chick’s anti-Vatican rants. At the same time, the supposed liberal media were according these hateful nut jobs mainstream credibility. That led me to start this blog.
This is So Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Via APJ): "Limbaugh Detained At Airport" WEST PALM BEACH Sources have confirmed to CBS4 News that conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh has been detained at Palm Beach International Airport for the possible possession of illegal prescription drugs Monday evening.
Heres' the kicker: "Limbaugh was returning on a flight from the Dominican Republic when officials found the drugs, among them Viagra."
It was the place to be! Security was tight but I was able to not only get myself in but a female partner-in-crime--see picture. I had a great time--Warner Brothers spared no expense. They had one of those turbines that lift you into the air--I guess skydivers use this to practice. The food was great (catering was by Along Came Mary). They had a martini bar in which a block of ice contained a tube in which the martinis were mixed.
I caught a glimpse of Brandon Routh. I spoke with his relatives from Iowa for a few minutes. I also saw Kate Bosworth (I also saw her when I crashed The Blue Crush premiere after-party); the guy I was talking with at the time told me that she was with Orlando Bloom. Kevin Spacey would have probably appreciated the fact that I snuck in; from what I understand, Spacey, as a young actor, would sneak onto sets and check out the scene. I saw a guy who looked like Steven Spielberg--but I don't think it was him. My friend spoke briefly with James Marsden. The only disappointment was that I didn't see Eva Marie Saint (I wanted to tell her I loved North by Northwest and On The Waterfront).
How Did I Do It? Getting in wasn't the hard part (and I not telling you how I did it but it took some serious cajones--not a difficult task for me). The hard part was getting to work the next day in San Diego at 8:00 AM. My secret: Only have a couple drinks and have them mixed with Red Bull and to eat lightly--there was some tasty pasta dishes.
Quick notes: Outside the premiere, I met controversial new age guru John-Roger who was a guest of controversial producer Jon Peters. . . I'm still not sure if it was really Orlando Bloom I saw at the party. I've never seen him in anything and I depended on what someone told me there. . . This was probably the most fun I had at a premiere party I crashed since I went to the party for the premiere of xXx. . . This was the first crash for my friend--she was very excited.
I am So Money!!!!!!!!!!!!! Guess who crashed the Superman Returns world premiere after-party? Well, I have the knowledge of Kevin Spacey bald spot to prove it. Details over the weekend because I have slept three hours in the last day.
New Chick Tract It's called "Congratulations!" It's not on the Chick web site yet. It's sent to people who order Chick tracts. It's encourages people to distribute Chick tracts and is a cross between "Who Me?" and "A Demon's Nightmare."
To Paraphrase Rachel Yamagata, It Wore Me Down Like a Road I was in the Borders Bookstore in the Gaslamp Quarter tonight and I read through Coulter's new book Godless. It's typical Coulter swill--sophistic vitriol. In a way I pity her; but what saddens me is that fellow human being are poisoned by this mindrot. I will post some comments and impressions on the Godless Blog later.
Good News and Bad News The bad news is that I had hoped to receive an advance copy of Ann Coulter's book Godless: The Church of Liberalism so that I could report on it before its release. It seems that the post office nixed that so I'll have to check out the book when it's released tomorrow. However, I wrote an open letter to Peter Olson, Chairman and CEO of Random House about Coulter's previous literary misconduct--I put it on the blog I set up for Godless. E-mail Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask him to address my concerns.
The Ethics of Google Bombing I have been thinking about the ethics of google bombing recently and today I received an e-mail with the following message:
I thought you libs were all for "Freedom of Speech" - or is that only speech that you agree with? So, just shout down or "google bomb" folks that have other views than yours. Brilliant.
I take everything issue by issue and I suggest you do the same. your life will be healthier and happier and far less stressful.
Previously, I have had people write and make similar complaints. Fair enough. In the next week or so, I will devote a post to the ethics of google bombing.
The reason I had been thinking about ethics and media hacking was because the other day I checked out a g-bomb I constructed a while ago. Quick back story: 1) I spoke with a computer nerd and he spoke of a way in which to gauge the effectiveness of a g-bomb campaign (FYI, I have a google bomb blog). He told me that I needed to deal with pages that are not linked at all to a particular word or phrase to test a campaign. 2) I had recently had the displeasure of meeting Ronald Brownstein at a recent social event (apparetnly Brownstein forgot that it was a social event because he completely harshed my buzz). Even before I found out who Brownstein was and that he was a member of the Washington press corps (not my favorite group of people), I took a dislike to the man.
So after the computer guy told me this, I thought, "How about if I get a site to come up when someone Googles "Ronald Brownstein"? Guess which one of the top ten entries for a Google search is due to me. The reason I had ethical qualms is that I generally think google bombs should be done for informatioanl reasons, not to settle personal scores. E-mail Brownstein at email@example.com and tell him I'm the one responsible.