Peter Finch would be proud. MSNBC Countdown host Keith Olbermann put an impassioned, cinematic/oratorical spin on his “special comment” direct address to Senator Hillary Clinton last night, stemming from Geraldine Ferraro’s comments about Senator Barack Obama only being in the position he was because he was a black man, and it was a pretty powerful thing (“Voluntarily or inadvertently, you are still awash in this filth”). Whatever you think of the man, the Democratic candidates or this controversy, Olbermann can write. And to me, his points are pretty much on point: the serpentine, surreptitious courting of casually prejudiced voters — the sort of folks who might not forward along the email touting Obama as a closet agent of Muslim, but silently nod to themselves in clucking acceptance when hearing about its reportage — has gotten a lot more advanced and, dare I say, intelligent over the years. And the Clintons don’t have their doctorates in hardball by accident. They play to win, and a vote is a vote, no matter if it’s in the positive or negative. Ergo, the Clinton campaign has been remarkably adept at maintaining plausible deniability. You can’t reasonably assign intent to any single one of these statements or controversies Olbermann addresses. But once the “pattern” cat is out of the bag… well, you’ve really irritated if not forever lost those who care most deeply and sincerely about equality, and abhor political ploys of cheap division.
The American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre presents a sneak preview of the new film Priceless, starring Audrey Tautou (Amélie, The Da Vinci Code), as part of a special double-dip of her work on Wednesday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. A fresh re-imagining of Breakfast at Tiffany’s from director Pierre Salvadori, French import Priceless stars Gad Elmaleh as Jean, a shy young bartender who is mistaken for a millionaire by a beautiful, scheming opportunist named Irene (Tautou). When Irene discovers his true identity, she abandons him, only to find that a love-struck Jean has no intention of letting her get away. Jean’s comical attempts to gain her affections gradually evolve into setting himself up as a gigolo at a luxury hotel, until Irene finally starts to warm to her persistent, persuasive suitor. Following Priceless, at 9:30 p.m., is a special screening of Tautou’s breakthrough international hit Amélie, from filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
The Aero Theatre
is located at 1328 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica
information on directions and the Aero’s upcoming schedule,
phone (323) 466-FILM.
So the trailer for The Incredible Hulk, starring Edward Norton and releasing June 13 from Universal, is online. Oh, I get it. He’s now “a hero for our times.” Reluctant rage and all that, ultimately channeled into one of those Matrix-esque, mano-a-mano head-on dives. Yawn. I actually dug the Transporter flicks, also helmed by director Louis Leterrier, but based on this trailer I’d probably be more stoked about this movie the less effects-oriented action there was. Another note — is it just me, or is Norton making a smoldering, make-out face at that vial, above?