Round up time. Also, the conventions are over. Now let's just get to November.
- After the fear and hatred of the RNC, I took a break with Election. I sincerely love Alexander Payne and all his movies. They're hilarious, insightful, and rewatchable. Sideways might be one of my favorite movies, period, and About Schmidt is a good go-to movie for lazy afternoons. Anyway, I recommend watching Election. I haven't seen it since I really started following politics and it's taken on a whole new meaning. Also, if you are looking for political movies, I recommend anything from HBO (Game Change, Recount, etc.) or Ides of March. The latter I recently rewatched - thanks Amazon Prime! For more on Election, including the fun tidbit that it's Obama's favorite political film, here's HuffPo's fifteen year discussion with the people behind the movie.
- The DNC was this week. Of course, the week kicked off with an incredible speech from Michelle Obama. To be totally honest, I've watched it several times since Monday night. Just total class and elegance, with some hope and forward-thinking. Let's be honest here - Bill Clinton is no Michelle and the White House and the country will miss her. Speaking of Bill and Michelle, Pajiba looks at the value of identity politics. As someone who has gotten to vote in three Presidential elections, including this one, I really appreciate that the DNC has not yet made me vote for a white guy.
- And while we will miss the Obamas, let's not forget about Uncle Joe and his pension for gaffes and malarkey and kicking Paul Ryan's ass. Luckily, we have a successor all lined up: Internet Dad Tim Kaine.
- One good thing about the conventions: the late shows really picked it up. Colbert really hit his stride, with his 'Hungry for Power Games' bit. More importantly, he brought us the return of Jon Stewart. Thanks for the reminder on how much we miss him.
- In Hamilton news, creator LMM picked up a star of fame in Peurto Rico this week. And our original Angelica, Renee Elise Goldsberry, has picked up an additional post-Ham role, in the adaptation of that book everyone was reading a few years ago, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.