Tuesday Media Miscellany

Working on two or three projects at once, which always leaves me scattered. Of course, if you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you probably think I’m always scattered. And you’d probably be right. But here are some of the highlights of my recent tours around the web:

  • Hillary Soprano: You’ve probably heard about the contest to choose the theme song for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, but if you haven’t seen the video in which Hillary and Bill announce the winner, go see it (note: I have no idea how long it will be on her main page). It’s a fun little homage to the final scene of The Sopranos, a great example of the intersections between politics and popular culture. It even has a cameo Sopranos fans will dig.
  • Via Josephine Cameron, a link to the Alice Munro short story, “The Bear Came over the Mountain,” which provided the basis for Sarah Polley’s amazing new film, Away From Her. And if you haven’t heard Cameron’s music, you should check it out.
  • Karina Longworth discusses the rumors that Michael Moore’s foes may be behind the piracy of his latest film, Sicko. One piece of evidence Jeffrey Wells cites that I find somewhat unconvincing: the file name apparently includes the phrase “suckourdicks” (and apparently a number of readers of the Hollywood Elsewhere blog agree). Like Karina, I think these rumors will become part of “lore” of the film and that they fit neatly onto the narrative Moore has used to sell Sicko (that corporate interests don’t want you to see Moore’s film, that Moore is an “outsider,” whatever). Not that any of this matters. I’ll be the first in line when it comes to Fayetteville in a few days.
  • Carolina Flicks, a blog about film production in North Carolina that I discovered, I believe through Cinema Minima. Not much to add here, but it looks like a nice networking tool for the North Carolina film community.
  • Finally, via Oliver Willis, a picture of ObamaGirl with John Bolton (huh?) and news that she has a blog. OG also points to a great reading of the video on the PopPolitics blog.

Update: Here’s what appears to be a more permanent link to the Hillary Soprano video.

Update 2: Karina also has a column on the Hillary Soprano video.  Like her, I think the video does a fascinating recoding of the Sopranos ending, positioning Hillary as capable and caring (taking care of Bill),  but also populist and cool enough to recognize Johnny Sack when he walks past.

5 Comments »

  1. Jason Mittell Said,

    June 19, 2007 @ 8:59 pm

    The Hilary video is great, although the choice of Celine Dion as themesong undercuts everything and raises doubts on her candidacy at so many levels. Thankfully David Chase has better taste…

  2. Chuck Said,

    June 19, 2007 @ 9:01 pm

    Yes, I tried to ignore the Celine Dion part because I’m trying to come to terms with the fact that she’s the likely Democratic nominee, and I don’t need any more reasons to be less than thrilled about her candidacy. Yes, it’s too bad David Chase didn’t choose Hillary’s song.

  3. The Chutry Experiment » Wednesday Night Links Said,

    June 20, 2007 @ 11:05 pm

    [...] mentioned the debates about the piracy of Michael Moore’s Sicko (in yesterday’s equally slapdash bullet-point entry), but apparently Lion’s Gate and the Weinstein Company have decided to address the piracy [...]

  4. The Chutry Experiment » Hot for Hillary Said,

    July 4, 2007 @ 1:02 am

    [...] there was ObamaGirl, now there’s “Hot for Hillary” in the Crush Video Primary. You probably [...]

  5. The Chutry Experiment » Pawlenty of Courage Said,

    January 25, 2011 @ 5:35 pm

    [...] itself completely seriously. I’ve been willing to cut Hillary Clinton some slack when she compares herself to Tony Soprano,* so I don’t think that Pawlenty’s ad is nearly as excessive as it [...]

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