Thursday Links

Counting down the hours until tonight’s VP debate, which I’ll be watching with other Fayetteville political junkies at the local art house theater.  Until then, here are some links:

  • Scott Kirsner has some of the latest digital cinema news, including updates on the conversion of a number of multiplexes to digital projection.
  • Girish points to Jonathan Rosenbaum’s article on how the history of cinema during the Bush era might be written, and I’m generally inclined to agree that some of that history will focus on the new screening formats that change our understanding of a film public.  Rosenbaum also traces the rise of the new political documentary, another important Bush-era trend.
  • Agnes has two posts tracing discussion of Peter Broderick’s indieWire article (part one and part two) on the new world of digital distribution.  Broderick’s article deserves a close look, and hopefully I’ll have time to write something longer in the near future.
  • Jette reports that the documentary Crawford, about George Bush’s adopted town, will soon be premiering on Hulu.  I’ve been wanting to see Crawford for a while, so I’m looking forward to this.  Crawford is the first feature film to premiere on Hulu, so I’ll also be interested to see how that works.
  • A couple of political videos for your entertainment.  First, via techPres, Ralph Nader continues his foray into web video with”Nader Meets ObamaGirl,” a nice parody of ’70s-era buddy sitcoms (and much better than his parrot video).   Second, via Tama, “The Dark Bailout,” perhaps the most insightful take yet on the truly awful bailout bill from the world’s greatest super villain.
  • And last, news that Netflix’s WatchNow player will finally be available to Mac users in the relatively near future, possibly by the end of the year.


  1. Agnes Varnum Said,

    October 3, 2008 @ 3:22 pm

    I’ll renew my Netflix subscription when I can watch now. I hope the debate wasn’t as painful for you as it was for me. I needed sweets this morning to get over my nightmares.

  2. Chuck Said,

    October 3, 2008 @ 3:39 pm

    It was pretty painful. I believe a commentator on PBS described Palin as “relentlessly chipper,” which seems about right to me. The constant flirting with the camera (the winking and the “you betchas”) became grating quickly, especially when I realized–about eight minutes in–that she wasn’t going to depart from a relatively narrow set of talking points. I’m also finding it difficult to separate her from Tina Fey’s parody of her, which is a little disconcerting.

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