Jonathan McIntosh describes himself as a “pop culture hacker and transformative storyteller”. What he does is make videos. Videos he describes as “political remix”. Of all his work to date, Right Wing Radio Duck is my favourite. The video is made of hundreds of snippets of Donald Duck cartoons from the 30s and 40s spliced together with audio from a modern radio show hosted by American right-wing DJ Glen Beck. Right Wing Radio Duck tells the story of a hard-working Duck who loses his job in a depressed economy. As the increasingly despondent Duck struggles to make ends meet (including his mortgage payments) he starts listening to the Glen Beck radio show. The short film is poignant, funny and a biting political satire on American right-wing rhetoric.
Tuesday, we took a break from Firefly to finish watching LOTR – The Fellowship of the Ring (extended edition), as we’d started rewatching it the other weekend. (Missed Firefly last week as J was out of town.)
It is hard to know what to say about these films that hasn’t already been said. One of the reasons for rewatching the films this year is in preparation for The Hobbit. As I am very deliberately not reading the Hobbit until after I have seen the films, to create as little dissonance as possible, I have started reading The Lord of the Rings again.
The film festival has – finally – reached our little corner of the global backwater. Sunday night, I went with D and J to see this extraordinary film Beasts of the Southern Wild.